As you may have noticed by now, I have had to bow out of Fun Monday for this week. Normally, I do my musing and posting by Sunday night, but other things have been on my mind this weekend.
Old news now, but Fay played a huge part in my weekend. Schools were closed on Friday just in case, and mostly what we had was a little bit of rain. Friday night, however, was a different story. The rains came in earnest, soaking the ground and starting small rivers in other parts of town where there were none before. Still, we were in pretty good shape. As I've mentioned before, we live in an actual house, up a hill, and so felt somewhat smug in our ability to ride out the storm. What we didn't count on was our neighbor's lack of preparation.
The result was this:
Not only did it fall across the power lines, bringing them down, it YANKED our power box off the wall!
Darling Man took the camera out to take pictures of the powerline carnage and didn't realize that ZBoy had left it set to video, so the pictures he took come with a sound track and some rather nauseating video as he waved the camera around while talking to some neighbors that came up to do their own inspection. The first clip is about 3 minutes long and the second about a minute. These are the kind of conversations that happen after this kind of "catastrophe" where everyone is okay, but majorly inconvenienced...
Shortly after these were shot, John the Drunk decided he would cut himself out of his driveway and go to L*wes to get a generator so he could watch his dang Nascar. He borrowed a chainsaw from a neighbor who didn't know better, and BlowerGuy (whose tree caused all the ruckus) set to trimming the top branches out and piling them up in the yard. It was a scary thing to watch as John was weilding the chainsaw and both BlowerGuy and "Helpful Neighbor" nearly had bits of them removed to be piled up along with the branches. Finally, the police showed up and made them stop. As you can see in the first video frame, the tree is SUSPENDED on the power lines. Can you imagine what would have happened if they'd gotten anywhere close to the line? Can you say SLINGSHOT? It would have been interesting, but definitely not worth the price of the entertainment.
It was starting to get dark, so the police decided to stay. We had no lights and there was a honkin' big tree lying across the street! It would not be a good combination for anyone driving up the street unaware. Helpful Policeman parked there with his lights going to alert anyone foolish enough to believe they could get through.
Finally, it was hot enough that we needed to open windows. The cooled air held out much longer than I thought it would. Of course, once the windows were opened, it turned hot and muggy. And ZBoy, child of THIS century, was feeling the withdrawal of all things electronic and began whining. (I wanted to, but being a grownup, didn't.) Darling Man decided to take the blow up mattresses, some food and ZBoy and spend the night at the TV station - with it's lovely, brand-new, gigantic generator. I opted to stay home in case the power guys came so I could find out about the box problem. Also, the animals needed someone to stay with them. The guys happily headed out the door and I grabbed my book and began reading.
The rain was still coming down by the time I was ready to hit the sack, so I camped out in the computer room. That room had windows without roof under them, so I could leave them open and not have rain come bouncing back in. It was actually quite pleasant with the rain-cooled air and the occasional breeze. Then around 2:30am, the aliens arrived.
Sunday, ZBoy and Darling Man woke me with their arrival. They brought breakfast and a cup of coffee with them (bless them) and we had a newspaper - wet, but there. The dog was going a little stir crazy, so Z and I took her for a walk, heading for BB's house and another cup of coffee. On the way, I noticed a turtle in the middle of the road. Turns out that it had been hit by a car and about a quarter of his shell had been knocked off, but was still attached by tendon or skin or something. He was still alive though, so Z grabbed an old planter basket off a trash pile and put grass in it, then I carefully lifted the turtle and its shell piece and put them in the basket.
Not long after, electricians showed up across the street. I grabbed DM and told him to go get them to come to us after they were done because the electricians WE called didn't know when they'd get there. Kareem & Monday came over after they finished the neighbors' and fixed our box too. Good thing - the other company called back and said they weren't going to make it. Now we just had to get the city to come back out and reconnect us. Yeah. Meanwhile, more trees are coming down all over the place and the city's busy restringing power lines and chopping up trees. No joy on Sunday.
The rest of town was pretty much back in business though, so we went out to dinner. On the way, we stopped to check out Lake Ella. It hasn't been this high in 30 years! Lake Ella is just a little pond in the middle of town with ducks and the occasional alligator. It's a popular spot for walking and just hanging out. There used to be a little motor hotel there, and the cottages have been converted into stores. Very wet stores now.
The Methodist church has a little outdoor service area - now in the water.
I went to work Monday. ZBoy went to school. Darling Man went home to wait - and finally, the call. Power has been restored!!!! Late Monday afternoon.
Last night? SLEEP!!!!!