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Sunday, September 18, 2005

The power is on...

Made it into the house yesterday and it's quite a mess. The water level inside was only about 2 to 3 ft but the water has soaked into the walls several feet higher than that. The big oak in the backyard is indeed leaning against the back of the house, causing a considerable amount of damage to the roof in several places, and rain is able to leak down all the way to the lower floor. A branch was thru my bedroom window, it had broken thru from top to bottom and destroyed the window frame. It was kinda fun to stand on top of my bed with a chainsaw to cut the branches back that were sticking thru. Then I pulled a small sheet of plywood out of the attic and used my bed as a workbench to trim it with the chainsaw to fit the window frame and screwed it to the window frame, weeee!! Who knew it could be so much fun to use a chainsaw indoors!! The glass had shattered all over the room and debris and leaves have been blowing in for the past couple weeks, LOL

Amazingly both of my main PC's still work and booted up just fine, I haven't had a chance to check the other two though, maybe today. The cable is down so I have no 'net connection there, I'm blogging from a family friends house a few miles away. We will be staying here for a short time, how long is anybody's guess. The lower floor is disgustingly filthy, the smell was overwhelming and there is shitloads of mold and mildew covering everything. I was able to get the A/C running, one of the main fans was frozen. A little persuasion in the right place and I was able to get it going. It's been running all night, hopefully when we go there today it won't smell as bad and a lot of the moisture will be removed.

It is extremely hot and humid here, I'm seriously missing the dry air that I quickly became accustomed to in both Texas and Arizona the past few weeks. Just walking aound taking photos was enough to be sweat soaked to the bone, and miserable. I became sick from dehydration for a short while but a large Gatorade fixed that! I must have taken 50 - 60 pictures all around and inside the house but I still have no way to get the pics off my camera onto the 'net, hopefully soon!

I think it's taking a toll on my folks though, my mom was crying last night and this morning they were fighting like cats and dogs over trivial shit, silly shit like who said what and yada yada yada who cares. My own mood has been bitchy and sullen even though I always try to see the bright side of things, and can usually find a reason to laugh at even the worst of situations. The cleanup will be a daunting task for us and everyone else involved, living anywhere in the gulf south. The sound of helicopters passing over is a constant reminder that we are living under martial law and a strict curfew of dusk to dawn.

Went to pick up a few grocery items at a local Winn Dixie store and the lines just to get INTO the store wrapped around the side of the building and there was no place to park hehe. What a reality check! Hopefully that will abate soon enough, we ended up going to another store where it wasn't quite as bad.

Anyway, I have to go now, headed over to the house to help with cleanup. Weee!! hehe I'll try to post again as soon as I can!!