Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Speaking of outages...

We had ourselves a wicked little storm last night. It has created chaos in our little hamlet. Power outages all over the place. We lost power for a brief time, but lost only the phone and internet for any length of time (all of today!)

We had headed over to our good friends Annie and Dave's house for dinner. They have an almost two year old boy, Danny, who Leda just had a blast playing with last night. Anyway, we got there and just past 7PM, the sky turned almost pitch black in a matter of minutes and the wind started and the rains came and the thunder and lightening were just wicked and then there was some pea-sized hail. It was pretty awesome. It rained so hard and the wind blew so hard, that they had water pouring in through the SEALED areas around their front door! It was pretty weird.

Anyway, just as we were getting ready to have dinner while the storm ravaged around us, the lights went out...good thing we were doing steaks on the grill and they have a gas stove! We had dinner by candle light!

The kids played in the dark after dinner and we just had a blast. We headed home and between there and here (probably about 5 miles?) it was dark. A very few places actually had electricity (and probably back up at that) and those places were PACKED with people. Because most of our town had NONE!

We got lucky...when we got home, we had no trees in our house and we had electricity. No phone, but electricity - AIR CONDITIONING!! Our neighbors had a huge piece of a tree directly in front of their house blow up against the house. It was pretty awesome...but no structural damage, thank goodness.

So there were lots of chain saws abuzzing around here today!

All in all, it had to be one of the worst storms we have had in a long while. Thank goodness we had had some limbs cut off a tree that, had we not, might have dropped those limbs right into our house. And when did we have this done?? Try Saturday! Wow, that was close!

Anyway, we are fine, everything is okay, our neighbors are fine, things are starting to get back to normal. Hopefully we won't have a storm like that any time soon!

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