The tree

Jul. 18th, 2010 10:17 pm
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This weekend has been...interesting. In the sense of the Chinese curse, "may you live in interesting times".

And I still regret not getting to a single one of the umpteen yard sales I saw signs for...

Anyway, the main excitement was last night. We'd had thunderstorms moving through since afternoon, and wound up moving the kids down to the basement right after getting them to bed since there was a tornado warning. Maybe fifteen minutes after that, the power went out. Turns out that our beautiful big old maple tree had split down the middle, tearing down the power (and phone and cable) lines, completely blocking the driveway and alley. When it ripped out the lines, it tore the siding off that side of the house.

Most of today was spent either waiting for or watching the power company guys (who were here for 4 hours with a cherrypicker truck), the electrician, the tree guy, the phone guy. We finally got power back around 7:30 (there were other problems locally besides our tree..but the last hour or so was that they had embarrassingly forgotten to turn on a circuit..).

J managed to extract my car from the garage, amazingly and just barely (a feat that would not have worked had the car been even 2 inches longer). His is stuck in there til we get the tree removed.

It could have been a hell of a lot worse, if we had gotten a tornado instead. One day without power is nothing (though I still suspect i should toss some things from the fridge). But hearing the chainsaws took me right back to Miami after Andrew...

supposedly the city parks department is supposed to get the tree parts out of the alley, and might be nice enough to get what's in the driveway (way too big for us to move, we tried).

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