If my math is right as I write this we’re coming up on 80 hours without
power after the windstorm that partied on the Seattle area Thursday night.
Various thoughts in no particular order…
That being said, I’m very fortunate that the (80 gal) gas tank was
half full – the generator fuels from it, though in a stunningly smart design
move, cannot actually drain it dry. (Note to self #1: keep the tank relatively
Ditto the propane tank – a little over half full. (Note to self #2:
I love my Treo. 4 days without power is one thing. 4 days without
connectivity? Oh. My. I shudder at the thought.
You can never have too many “D” batteries at the ready. Our portable AM
radio takes 6. Our portable TV takes 6. Not to mention various and sundry flash
lights. We did visit a couple of stores yesterday and the day before; AA, AAA
no problem — D’s (and C’s) are long, long gone.
Some dogs can be trained to act as heating pads. Others cannot. As in other
areas of life, choose your bed partners wisely.
A below-ground basement stays cooler in the summer and warmer in winter when
there’s no other source of heat. Our downstairs cats say “Thank you” to the
laws of thermodynamics.
has proven amazingly useful. Coupled with two rechargeable battery packs, it
throws a lot of light. My typical first job in the morning after
getting the RV warmed up is to charge those packs. Next up: the matching radio
that runs off of those same batteries.
People that send 15 megabyte emails with photos in them will get a polite
reminder that not everyone can download that much that quickly – like via my
cell phone after a windstorm.
The good news about having a house “in the open” is that there are no trees
to fall on you. The bad news about having a house “in the open” is that there
are no trees to protect you. Full-force winds are “fun”. Glad we had the roof
replaced a couple of years ago. (No damage.)
Fireplaces that are more “ornamental” than functional are frustrating.
UPS’s that don’t turn back on when the power resumes are frustrating.
(Kathy’s doll shop has
power, and one of the two computers is back up. The wrong one. The one not on
the UPS.) [Update: ok, this was user error. The PC was not configured to boot
automatically on power on. Whoops. Just as frustrating, but for a different reason.]
Some dogs can snore loudly as they sleep through a windstorm.
Too many people don’t understand that CO kills.
It brings out the worst. Too many people bitch about not getting their power
back fast enough. Apparently it’s not enough that this is the most massive
outage in our history and that our utility has crews from around the country
here working 24/7 to restore everyone’s power. I had to turn off the radio
because of all the callers bitching and bitching and bitching. “My” power is,
apparently, more important than “their” power. Sigh.
It brings out the best. There are plenty of stories also, though not as
widely reported, of people helping others in a variety of ways from small to
large. That’s not getting the press it deserves.
More thoughts later as they occur.
We have power!
At 9AM Tuesday, nearly four and a half days after it went out, power’s been restored. The RV’s been packed away again, and life is returning to normal (whatever that is).
I’m still one of the lucky ones. My particular town, Woodinville, was hit very hard, and there are folks who won’t get their power back until this weekend. And a friend from a town even further out may be coming to stay with us as her’s isn’t promised until Christmas, at best.
We’re very fortunate, indeed.
For those so inclined, I was on The David Lawrence Show on the radio on 12/19 in the second hour, discussing a little of what it means to try and run an on-line business in the dark.