Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Hanging In

We're still okay, but we still don't have power.  Kroger opened today, so I'm sitting in the air-conditioned comfort of the coffeeshop while I take advantage of the free wi-fi service to post this update.

We sat through the storm without ill effect.  The next day, we had a look outside.  A war zone, but nothing like Galveston, thank goodness.  My back yard was full of huge limbs from the tree that shaded my house for 25 years, and we have some roof damage, but that's all.  We have water and sewer service.  The weather is amazingly cool for this time of year, so we're not suffering.

Ironically, the people across the street from us have power and have had it for three days.  Judy is washing sheets and towels in someone's house now.  Naturally I envy those with power.  Even worse, the streetlight in my yard, not 40 feet from my bedroom, is working just fine.  We have no idea when we'll get power.

We're leaving town on Friday, power or not.  I don't know when I'll update the blog again, but thanks to all who've expressed sympathy for my plight.  Believe me, when I hear about Galveston and some of the smaller communities that no longer even exist, I feel very lucky.

I'll be back.

16 comments:

  1. Glad to see you are all right. Best of luck.

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  2. I'm glad your home is intact even if damaged some. So frustrating for neighbors to have power when you don't. Sad to lose a tree - happened to us during a storm this summer in Hutto. It has been good to get this news that you and Judy are OK. I worried about you two during and after the storm when communications were so bad in Galveston that we had no idea how much damage the rest of the area had received.

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  3. We were without power for 56 hours (until Monday AM). In fact, on Sunday, we drove to Columbus to find ice. In the next neighborhood, extension cords cross the streets from one side with power to the other side without power. We're cooking the Thanksgiving turkey a couple of months sooner b/c of the forced defrosting. The more I see images of Galveston, Boliver, etc., the more I could our blessings. Hope you are back up as soon as you are able.

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  4. Anonymous2:43 PM

    Damn good to have an update and very pleased that all it mostly well. Assume that Allan came through things okay in Houston. Is he still living there? Nice to have Angela on the other coast. Only earthquakes to worry about there. Keep us informed as you are able and thanks for the update.

    sas

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  5. Because of the stock market, this isn't getting covered sufficiently. So sorry for all the suffering in that area.

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  6. Richard Heft3:29 PM

    I'm wondering if your Site Meter took a jump from people like me checking in regularly for an update on Crider Vs. Ike. My money was all on Crider.

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  7. Anonymous3:37 PM

    Thanks for the update and glad to hear you're OK.

    JEff

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  8. Great to hear from you again, Bill. Hang in there.

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  9. Glad to hear that you weathered the storm, no pun intended. When Isabelle swept through the DC area in 2003, we lost power and running water (pumping stations were down) for three days. You never realize how much you take the everyday conveniences for granted.

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  10. Glad you guys are okay and suffered relatively little damage.
    I hope everybody in your area is okay and will keep fingers crossed till everybody's power is back.

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  11. We'll be here when you come back. Take care yourselves.

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  12. thanks for the update. I keep track of you via my Google Reader. My best to you and your wife.

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  13. Hasta la vista, baby. When you're ready to return, we'll be here to welcome you with open arms.

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  14. Thank you for keeping us informed about how you and Judy are doing. We were worried. I hope the roof isn’t too bad. I can image it would be hard to find anyone to make repairs at this time.

    My cousin lost friends, her home in Galveston, and her job in Houston is on the back burner. There are so many stories just like this.

    Having neighbors with electricity when you don't will drive you crazy. Every time our electricity went out (3-4 times a year) the neighbors behind us always had lights on. There were some unkind words muttered about our electricity company on the nights it didn’t get below 80 and we couldn’t even run a fan. When our house burned down, and we moved the mobile home in, we changed to their electricity company. Now we’re one of the hated ones on the street because we have power when theirs is out.

    Take care.

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  15. Gerard9:19 AM

    Glad to hear you came through alright. I've been checking throughout each day for an update.

    The lack of electric must be lousy but losing water and sewer would be worse (I think).

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