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Dec
15
2008

Back in the 21st Century

Monday, 15 December 2008 07:52
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We are back to normal. Well as normal as we get. After being without heat or electricity for 60 hours, everything finally came back on Sunday afternoon. YAY!

The northeast ice storm really hit our community hard. The estimates I heard were that 250,000 homes and businesses were without power in just the capital area of NY. It was a little nuts. There are still a lot of people that don't have power (sorry Dave) but hopefully they will be getting theirs back soon.

Of course I snapped a few pictures of the ice in the trees, but these few pictures really just don't do it justice.

Poor little tree the ice bush
more icy trees Sunday's sunrise

We ventured out Friday night for dinner, and again during the day Saturday, and the damage from the storm was amazing. As beautiful as the ice in the trees looked, the extra weight snap branches, and sometimes whole trees like toothpicks.

We managed to survive at home through the whole event. We kept a fire going to stay warm, played cards, and luckily our hot water heater functions without electricity, so we were able to take hot showers. But I have come to the realization that we are technology junkies. We had a battery operated radio, but we were really going stir crazy by Sunday afternoon with no tv, computer, etc. We made popcorn Sunday over the fire, and just before the power came back on we reheated our leftover Chinese food over the fire.

I think once everyone starts to forget about this weekend a little, I will shop around for a small generator. At least enough to power the furnace so we have heat if this ever happens again. And we are going to get some more games to keep in the house. There has to be some non electronic entertainment other than rummy.

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0 #2 Scott 2008-12-16 02:15
Well since our bedroom was the warmest place in the house (we have a fireplace int eh bedroom) we spent most of our time there. We did seem to go to sleep pretty early also. I think I would have gone crazy if it lasted a whole week.
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0 #1 melly 2008-12-16 01:56
Glad your power is back on and you didn't have to suffer through a week without it like we did back in September when the wind storm took out power to the whole city! Did you find yourself going to bed a whole lot earlier???
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