OT – It’s Hard to Blog Without Power

I missed a day of blogging yesterday, primarily because of hurricane Isabel. Being just south of Washington DC, we were directly in the storm’s path, and although it was downgraded to a tropical storm while it was moving through Northern Virginia, it was still by far the worst storm I have ever seen. We lost power for about 11 hours, lost some trees, and won’t be able to drink tap water without boiling it for at least another week since all four water conditioning plants that serve the area lost power at the same time, allowing untreated water to make its way into the system. Fortunately our house was not damaged although a neighbor’s tree was uprooted and fell onto our property, and a huge shutter was blown off her house. Anyway, power is back and we have plenty of bottled water, so all is back to normal. My satellite dish is safe, and as far as I can tell, my TiVo didn’t miss anything it was scheduled to record. I consider myself extremely lucky since I have friends in the Annapolis area (where I used to live) who will likely be without power for another week. It’s strange to see pictures of people canoeing over areas where I used to walk my dog.

7 Responses to OT – It’s Hard to Blog Without Power

  1. Glad to hear everything is alright. Your experience sounds like those of which we have in Florida almost every other year.I lost two homes from Hurricanes. One in Andrew and the other in the no-name storm. Storms of that magnitude have a way of humbling you.

  2. I must admit that I could not live in “hurricane country”. It seems that there are folks who regularly put up with the chaos and destruction – year-in, year-out – knowing it’s going to happen, watching the storms track in. I just don’t understand it.And, yes, I live in earthquake country. They’re fairly rare, you can prepare for them pretty well and you don’t have the nail-biting period where you have to watch it tracking inland to destroy your house…

  3. I agree with you 100%. I was born here, my financial situation keeps me from going somewhere else. But for someone that can afford to choose where they live, it’s nuts to choose Florida.I once said let me move to Oklahoma, but then I remembered the Tornadoes. You then have California, with Earthquakes. Up North you’ll freeze to death.I guess anywhere you go there is always some kind of natural disaster to worry about.

  4. Christian Cantrell says:

    Northern VA is usually pretty good. It’s very unusual for us to get hit with a hurricane or a tropical storm. No earthquakes and although we have all 4 seasons, none of them are too extreme.

  5. “None of them are too extreme”I went to DC the year before last for vacation and it was like 5 degrees. Not extreme?I was walking down the street and people where walking fast up to me with their tongues out, they thought I was a Popsicle! 😉

  6. Christian Cantrell says:

    Well, it gets very cold and very hot, but it’s almost always cooler to the north and warmer to the southwest.

  7. Buy.com says:

    I don’t know what you guys are crying about… I’d give anything to live in Florida.