Yeah, I'm alive. House didn't sustain much damage to the naked eye. Still have to get someone on my roof to see why water was dripping from the ceiling / ac vent onto my bed during the storm and to repair the little things like blown down fence sections, gutters dented from all the various things that found their way into my yard etc etc.
Oh and no electricity. *sigh* Thankfully my sister has had it so several of us have been living there. Gas is precious, lines are hours long. I shouldn't complain.. at least Starbucks is open now so there's net and I can work remotely to save gas =)
Hope to be back to normal soon but they keep cautioning it could be weeks before electricity is restored, still around 1.5+ million without it in the Houston area alone. If need be write around me in any threads.. but will return as soon as I can!
at least Starbucks is open now so there's net and I can work remotely to save gas =)
And yep Roz that is about right. It was a sea of laptops everywhere when we left out around 5:30 last night, strangers all crowded around the tables together talking, sharing the strip plug someone may have brought.. asking each other if they needed to charge their phone since they had an open outlet. Was kind of cool... but I'm antisocial (sis too) so we 3 were in the corner at one table but even we were talking to people randomly sometimes.
Storm damage is funny. My mom lives 3 houses down from my sister and has no power. Heck everyone around my sis doesn't for half the block. I am still in the areas the electric company has designated for "sometime after the 22nd" for power restoral. I'm lumped in the same lot as Galveston if that tells you anything... My neighborhood has buried utilities since its new but the source lines around us are messed up. Every 4 hours they update, and I check my zip to see how many more people have it. Yesterday 45 lucky people got power! Just not my neighborhood. My dad had electricity come on around midnight where he lives so the crews are working around the clock. Hopefully soon more than 2 gas stations in my area will have power so the lines will go down.
I'm dreading cleaning out my fridge and deep freezer =(
as for the cleaning... ummmm... goggles and some kind of mask are good tools.
*crosses fingers on your behalf*
It is strange how disasters can bring groups of individuals who would normally not even glance at one another in their daily lives into tight cooperation.
As for the fridge and freezer? My only suggestion might be pulling the whole thing sealed, outside, if at all possible. I know that we wouldn't have been able to move the storage freezer from the basement at A's mother's with less than eight people.