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Day 4 of the post-hurricane arglebargle - The online computery journal thingy of a turtle

Sep. 16th, 2008

10:11 am - Day 4 of the post-hurricane arglebargle

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We still don't have electric power; I'm posting this on my laptop at the Borders in the Galleria.

Saturday: Mom spent the day listening to the news on her battery-powered radio. Apparently millions of people and businesses lost power. Word is, it could take weeks to fully restore power to the city. I spent the day sitting in a chair, doing crossword puzzles, and sweating. Later I went out to have a look around. The intersection of Main and Kirby still had power, which is good because there are some restaurants there. I drove around some more and bought some bottled water. Fallen trees and limbs all over the place. Hardly any broken windows, at least.

Sunday: A few restaurants were open for business, and they were jam-packed with hungry customers. We had lunch at Pappas Barbecue (no apostrophe; it's owned by the Pappas family), and it took over an hour just to get food. Later in the day I took a nap, then tried to go out to get food. I remembered seeing Lenny's Deli open, but it apparently closed just as I was driving up. Schlotzsky's was open, but even more crowded than Pappas was earlier. I went back home and made a sardine sandwich by flashlight. That night, a cool front came through, which helped.

Monday: I waited in line at Kroger's, got ice and bread, then spent most of the day here at the Galleria. Had lunch at Ninfa's. Saw people all over the place checking their laptops and cellphones.

I wish I knew when they're going to turn our power back on. I understand why it's taking so long and why they can't give estimates, but it's getting infuriating. I didn't get my laundry done before the storm, and I'm going to run out of clean clothes soon. (Maybe the laundromat on Old Spanish Trail will be open. Must check it out.) We can't use the fridge (we'll need to throw out all that meat and frozen veggies), we can't use the dishwasher (Mom washed some dishes by hand; maybe I should wash some), and we can't use our computers. I spend my evenings doing crossword puzzles until it gets dark, then I do them by flashlight. I go to bed not because I am sleepy, but because I'm tired of holding the flashlight.

I'm getting mighty sick of this.

Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated

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From:aatheus
Date:September 16th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
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Ech... here's hoping your power comes back on soon. I have friends in the Santa Cruz mountains who go through this every year... they lose power for 3 days - two weeks at a time. What a severe disruption of life.
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:September 16th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
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Strangely enough it's affected the Cincinatti and Dayton areas as well (and those guys aren't nearly as prepared for aftermath of a hurricane/tropical storm as you folk are). As you may remember I'm in charge of the Cincinatti area at work (dispatching service techs out to repair calls) and a week or so ago I was assigned Dayton as well (still learning that one). Now Ike has caused major problems in both my areas (and, of course, no one else's except the person in charge of Louisville as well), lots of places without power (which makes my job worse just on that count alone - too much to get into) impassable roads (ie interstates) which prevent my technicians from going to their jobs. Monday morning 90% of Cincy was without power according to my boss, this morning 60%. And, as I said, they ain't used to this, so nerves are a little frazzled in the Queen City.

Hang in there, KT, you seem to be managing well, and I do understand (though can't really relate, of course) that it's frustrating as hell.
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From:nefaria
Date:September 17th, 2008 08:12 am (UTC)
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Seems to be a lot of slacking by power companies, up here in Pennsylvania we got some high winds and no rain, but tens of thousands of people are still expected to be without power through the weekend.
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From:akktri
Date:December 19th, 2008 06:02 am (UTC)

Washboard

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Have you heard of a washboard? My parents used one a long time ago (still within the era of washing machines, mind you!) to wash diapers. You take a bar of soap and a bucket and run the bar of soap over the clothing on the washboard. Just a thought for next time.
If I were a utilities employee and people kept asking me when the power was going back on, and if I really didn't know, and if my foreman didn't know, I'd make something up in hopes of getting rid of them. "Oh yeah. It'll be back on in a couple hours (or whenever I go home for the day)." I've been trying to do that for delivery estimates when the customer is being stupid. Yes, I know you need that puke green curtain for a Christmas gift, but it's back ordered and nobody in the office knows when it's coming in. Just let me know if you want me to make something up.
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