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calendar   Friday - November 02, 2012

I Made It

We got our power back this morning.

No damage to either condo. No major flooding in our town. Trees down all over the place, ripped out of the ground and thrown across streets and yards.

We tried to tough it out here for a couple days, but the Mrs. could just never get warm, so we packed up stuff and went and stayed with her dad in PA for a couple days. Trust me guys, there is no joy in your life if your wife can’t stay warm. Brr.

Slowly our part of NJ is coming back to life. Compared to huge portions of the rest of the state and surrounding area we got off easy. Entire towns have burned down, whole villages and neighborhoods washed out to sea. Flooding, wrecks, fire. It’s really bad here, but that here is over there, so our here is great in comparison. Capice?

When we could get radio, they were saying this was the biggest natural disaster of our lifetimes. Good. Because I don’t ever want to go through anything like this again. But in a year or so I’ll have lots of funny stories to tell, like driving sideways down the highway against the wind, or trying to build a gas grill from a box of black metal parts after dusk by flashlight so we could try and make coffee and cook. Or staying snuggled up under a giant pile of quilts and comforters and barely staying warm as the temperature dropped to nearly freezing and the house got colder and colder. The entire town lined up at the one gas station in town that had power - no gas, just some power - so we could get a hot cuppa coffee. Saw everybody, knew everybody, traded stories. Then finding that her car wouldn’t start, lining up a lift, turning it down when the car started, watching them drive away, and the car conked out again. Good times, what? It was water in the fuel; the power was out by the time she went to put the car away so she couldn’t get it in the garage, and the 100mph winds and rain blew water up the air intake and also into the gas tank - cuz some bozoface at the station didn’t put her gas cap back on when she’d filled up. All fixed now with a couple can of Drygas, some new petrol, and running a towel on a stick up and down the air intake chute.

Ok, so life slowly gets back to normal. Funeral tomorrow as scheduled for her mom I think, then next week I can get back to work, painting, installing garage openers and phone wires, putting in carpeting. I’m in the new place and we have HEAT thank God. And hot water. SHOWERS! Woo hoo!!!


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