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Gilshalos Sedai
09-16-2008, 08:30 AM
And all I got was this lousy T-Shirt, no power, and rotten food.

Boss said to come into work, so I have coffee and internet. Left Bryan with the job of hunting down a gas station with both electricity and gas since his office is still a staging area for hurricane relief forces.


We lost power sometime about 2 AM Saturday, hurricane made landfall around midnight. The eye went over us around 4-5 AM. Bryan and I got no sleep that night at all. We had drive out to evac his grandmother Friday afternoon, which used up a 1/4 tank of gas, and take her back home, Saturday, using another 1/4 tank of gas. Leaving us with very little to make it through the lines of similarly hard up people.

We live in a really great neighborhood and we banded together with our neighbors and had potluck suppers the last five nights. Cooked everything we could get our hands on. We're out of food now, and no use buying more till the power comes on. Guess we track down restaraunts next.

And I think after the sound of the wind Saturday morning, I think I know what the wailing of the damned would sound like, now.

Davian93
09-16-2008, 08:33 AM
Welcome Back!

Good to hear you guys are okay.

Frenzy
09-16-2008, 08:33 AM
It's good to hear that your neighborhood's come together to help each other out. Glad you guys are alright. :)

DeiwosTheSkyGod
09-16-2008, 08:35 AM
Glad you guys made it through!

Sei'taer
09-16-2008, 08:36 AM
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm potluck! Glad y'all are doing ok. How are you making it without cold beer?

Brita
09-16-2008, 08:37 AM
That sounds very dramatic and exciting. I am glad you guys are OK!!! Good luck with your food finding and not driving.

Cary Sedai
09-16-2008, 09:27 AM
~hugs the bejezus out of Gil~

You can pass some of that to Bry and B. But not Sini, since he abandoned ya'll and went to San Antonio! :p

irerancincpkc
09-16-2008, 09:39 AM
Great to hear that yens are all okay. :D

Davian93
09-16-2008, 09:42 AM
Great to hear that yens are all okay. :D

Quit using Western PA colloquialisms.

Gilshalos Sedai
09-16-2008, 09:57 AM
Yeah, Sini's a bum. Though with his aparment leaking and no power, that's a lot to put up with. At least our gigantic house had no damage.

irerancincpkc
09-16-2008, 09:59 AM
Quit using Western PA colloquialisms.
What? It is a word. You don't yell at the people who say y'all. :D

Crispin's Crispian
09-16-2008, 10:04 AM
We live in a really great neighborhood and we banded together with our neighbors and had potluck suppers the last five nights. Cooked everything we could get our hands on. We're out of food now, and no use buying more till the power comes on. Guess we track down restaraunts next.


I'm glad you guys made it through with no damage--that's awesome.

I don't envy you trying to live without power for so long, though. We lost power for two freezing days in a wind storm, and it was awful. I can't imagine doing it for longer than that, unless you have somewhere better to go.

Good luck!

ShadowbaneX
09-16-2008, 11:05 AM
Glad to hear that you guys survived, and I hope that things get back to normal soon.

Terez
09-16-2008, 11:14 AM
Yeah, Sini's a bum. Though with his aparment leaking and no power, that's a lot to put up with. At least our gigantic house had no damage.
Right, he's a pussy.

Davian93
09-16-2008, 11:19 AM
Right, he's a pussy.

~shocked and appalled at the language~

Which type? A Maine Coon, Persian, Siamese?

Terez
09-16-2008, 11:22 AM
The kind that runs away when the comforts of civilization fall through....

Gilshalos Sedai
09-16-2008, 11:33 AM
If we could, I'd be outta here, too.

ShadowbaneX
09-16-2008, 11:42 AM
have I mentioned recently that not only do I like winter, but, even moreso, like the lack of titanic hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and other horrible natural disasters that are seemingly so common throughout the rest of the world?

/me is happy to be where he is.

Cary Sedai
09-16-2008, 11:45 AM
have I mentioned recently that not only do I like winter, but, even moreso, like the lack of titanic hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and other horrible natural disasters that are seemingly so common throughout the rest of the world?

/me is happy to be where he is.

Do you have an extra room? I really really miss snow.

Terez
09-16-2008, 11:52 AM
What is this snow you speak of?

ShadowbaneX
09-16-2008, 12:00 PM
What is this snow you speak of? that which makes the Great White North, white.

Actually, Cary, there are a couple of spare bedrooms up here, but since I'm still living at home it might be a little hard to explain to the folks.

Davian93
09-16-2008, 12:02 PM
that which makes the Great White North, white.

Actually, Cary, there are a couple of spare bedrooms up here, but since I'm still living at home it might be a little hard to explain to the folks.

What happened to the legendary Canadian hospitality?

ShadowbaneX
09-16-2008, 12:10 PM
If she were to come up, it'd be Legendary, duh.

My parents are great people, but I'm not sure they could handle another kid. And besides I think a certain someone might get annoyed if Cary moved further away from him.

Cary Sedai
09-16-2008, 12:25 PM
If she were to come up, it'd be Legendary, duh.

My parents are great people, but I'm not sure they could handle another kid. And besides I think a certain someone might get annoyed if Cary moved further away from him.

Hehe, I was gonna pack that certain someone in my suitcase and bring him with. :D

ShadowbaneX
09-16-2008, 12:41 PM
yeah, two new kids, definately way more then my parents could handle. :eek:

Gilshalos Sedai
09-16-2008, 02:19 PM
So, now we can't do dishes because the sink with the disposal is clogged because we can't run the disposal. And the fridge smells.

Zaela Sedai
09-16-2008, 02:32 PM
So clean out the fridge! Sry, I know it smells whther you clean it out or not.

Glad you guys are "ok" though :)

4Alethinos
09-16-2008, 02:34 PM
Gil, I thought and prayed for both of you while not knowing if you were riding it out or had left. Apart from serious inconveniences it seems that you came through in reasonable shape. I am very thankful.

I will hope that the electricity will be restored to you ASAP. I know it is a pain. Hang in there, good people. :)

Gilshalos Sedai
09-16-2008, 02:38 PM
It was surprising more of our neighborhood was undamaged considering the eye did go right over us. But if you did not have a N-S facing house or an E-W facing house, you got damage, even at the slightest angle (ours is exactly E-W facing). My mother's neighborhood (slightly further north) had trees down all over the place. Most of the damage I've seen was from trees in their death throes.

Ishara
09-16-2008, 03:02 PM
Oh I was worried about you two (three)! So happy to hear that you're all fine, but what a bummer about the power! Hope things fix up soon Gil. ~BIG hug~

pops taer
09-16-2008, 03:06 PM
or all ya'll!! Cuz I wuz textin' to check up on all ya'll.

In case anyone wants to know...in my part of Redneck country, those that can talk through no teeth pronounce the word you'uns...not yens as the Japanese money word is pronounced. And, the word ya'll can apply to one or more folks. The true plural of ya'll though is 'all ya'll'........

Glad everyone is okay and able. We got our electric back at 8:40 pm on Monday evening. I know you don't have yours and it will be awhile but not having it for two days does let me sympathize greatly with you.

Sei'taer
09-16-2008, 04:27 PM
remember my post about hurrican Elvis a few years ago. There are some good tips for what to do in there. I had 17 days of no electricity so I learned a lot. Maybe I can hunt it up.

tworiverswoman
09-16-2008, 05:02 PM
You don't realize how MUCH of your life is controlled by being able to flip a switch and have something happen -- until it stops happening. Long-term power outages are ... character-building. Yeah.


I'm really glad you all came through safely.

Davian93
09-16-2008, 05:15 PM
You don't realize how MUCH of your life is controlled by being able to flip a switch and have something happen -- until it stops happening. Long-term power outages are ... character-building. Yeah.


I'm really glad you all came through safely.


We lost power for 2 days last winter on a 5 degree day. That really sucked. We gave it 4 hours before we went to a hotel...otherwise we would have froze to death.

Terez
09-16-2008, 05:33 PM
Just be glad you have water, Gil. Trying to bathe in neighborhood swimming pools is NOT fun...or as Tru put it, character-building. Though I'm not sure it builds the right sort of character. :D

Davian93
09-16-2008, 05:35 PM
Just be glad you have water, Gil. Trying to bathe in neighborhood swimming pools is NOT fun...or as Tru put it, character-building. Though I'm not sure it builds the right sort of character. :D

That would seriously blow.

Terez
09-16-2008, 07:08 PM
Looking back on it, I think it's interesting that I had just really gotten addicted to Theoryland when Katrina hit. I'd had a hurricane as my avatar for about a month, too. :D

Davian93
09-16-2008, 07:39 PM
Looking back on it, I think it's interesting that I had just really gotten addicted to Theoryland when Katrina hit. I'd had a hurricane as my avatar for about a month, too. :D

Yeah I remember us all being worried as you didn't post for about a month afterwards...

Sodas
09-16-2008, 07:41 PM
Gil,

I'm glad you made it past the storm ok. I'm sure I'm saying something you already know, but don't eat anything you aren't sure is clean. I didn't realize that the food supplies FEMA was supposed to provide haven't arrived. Keep us updated. I wish we could send you some matzos, that should keep you going for 40 days and nights.

;)

Camaria and Xoduz

Sei'taer
09-16-2008, 09:51 PM
Hey, I found it! Here is the Taer list of helpful hints from Hurricane Elvis when it happened in Memphis. Should transfer well to your situation, Gil. Print a copy for Bry too.

1. I'd rather be cold than hot. No air conditioning blows. I can always get a blanket or put on clothes if I get cold. But when you're naked and its still hot...you're screwed.

2. You can cook nearly everything on a charcoal grill. Just be prepared to have yucky pots and pans. I used my old crummy ones and I'll prolly throw them away now.

3. if you empty your refrigerator out and close the doors...it will get moldy in there. It's best to leave the doors open.

4. Eat off of paper plates. It makes the whole deal easier...trust me.

5. Lukewarm beer tastes awesome when its 93 degrees in your house.

6. When your sweating profusely and it doesn't taste salty, its time to get something in you besides more water.

7. Wal-Mart doesn't mind if you sit in the store for several hours and look around. No one even pays any attention after 3 or 4 hours go by.

8. Wind up radios, flashlights and alarm clocks are a must have.

9. The car air-conditioner can do wonders for you when you a feeling like giving up.

10. Humidity is the hated enemy, and heat is just as bad. The next time someone tells me its the humidity, not the heat, I'm kickin their butt. Both of them suck.

11. The people from the power company can run damn fast when they are avoiding you. And they know how to dodge a straight question with the ease of a BORN FRIGGIN LIAR!!!

12. And last, but not least, when you look forward to going to work, you have serious issues.

Terez
09-16-2008, 10:06 PM
9. The car air-conditioner can do wonders for you when you a feeling like giving up. I can attest to this. It's not all that helpful when you can't find gas, though...

12. And last, but not least, when you look forward to going to work, you have serious issues. Work was my food source after Katrina...and my bathroom with flushing toilet (I went back two days after the storm - they had generators, and we were the only place open for weeks, and one of the only places open for months, and the first 24 business to go back to being 24 hours by a long shot...talk about customer service nightmare). They had AC but that doesn't count for much when you're sweating in a kitchen...

Davian93
09-17-2008, 06:33 AM
1. I'd rather be cold than hot. No air conditioning blows. I can always get a blanket or put on clothes if I get cold. But when you're naked and its still hot...you're screwed.

I beg to differ...you likely wouldn't think that if you lived somewhere that it gets truly cold...like frostbite in 15 min exposure cold...heat you can survive as long as you have water...cold is a different more difficult beast to conquer.

Gilshalos Sedai
09-17-2008, 08:56 AM
1. I'd rather be cold than hot. No air conditioning blows. I can always get a blanket or put on clothes if I get cold. But when you're naked and its still hot...you're screwed.

Nah, I'd rather not be without power in Minnesota in a blizzard (been there, done that).

2. You can cook nearly everything on a charcoal grill. Just be prepared to have yucky pots and pans. I used my old crummy ones and I'll prolly throw them away now.

I heated up a pumpkin pie and a (formerly) frozen ham on our propane grill. I have a grill frying pan, too. No messing up my good pots. Plus, my stove works, just not my oven. (Oven is gas, too, but the controls are electric.)


3. if you empty your refrigerator out and close the doors...it will get moldy in there. It's best to leave the doors open.

Good point, I'll have to have Bryan do that today.

4. Eat off of paper plates. It makes the whole deal easier...trust me.

Or better yet, go to restaraunts that have power.

5. Lukewarm beer tastes awesome when its 93 degrees in your house.

Yep.

6. When your sweating profusely and it doesn't taste salty, its time to get something in you besides more water.

Gatorade!

7. Wal-Mart doesn't mind if you sit in the store for several hours and look around. No one even pays any attention after 3 or 4 hours go by.

Actually, yes, they do. They're letting 10-20 people in at a time and they're escorting you through. Mostly because they're on a generator, too.

8. Wind up radios, flashlights and alarm clocks are a must have.

A stockpile of batteries works, too. And Bryan can no longer bitch at me about the stockpile of Yankee Candles, either.

9. The car air-conditioner can do wonders for you when you a feeling like giving up.

Need gas, first.

10. Humidity is the hated enemy, and heat is just as bad. The next time someone tells me its the humidity, not the heat, I'm kickin their butt. Both of them suck.

Totally agree.

11. The people from the power company can run damn fast when they are avoiding you. And they know how to dodge a straight question with the ease of a BORN FRIGGIN LIAR!!!

We're not expected to get power till end of next week.

12. And last, but not least, when you look forward to going to work, you have serious issues.

I already do since I can't make coffee at home.

Gilshalos Sedai
09-17-2008, 02:13 PM
The Short But Eventful Life of Ike. (http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/09/the_short_but_eventful_life_of.html)

LOTS of pics, careful, may make your browser threaten to crash.

SauceyBlueConfetti
09-17-2008, 03:08 PM
I thought of you when I saw the news stories...it was big news even in France.

Brita
09-17-2008, 03:12 PM
I thought of you when I saw the news stories...it was big news even in France.

OMG Saucy! Thats right- how was your trip?

Gilshalos Sedai
09-18-2008, 11:05 AM
Hey, Mato, how's your uncle?

John Snow
09-18-2008, 01:08 PM
although you're such intrepid sorts it doesn't really surprise me. It reminds me a bit of the infamous October Surprise in, let's see, 2001, in Omaha, when an early wet snowstorm turned the whole city into a giant salad bowl.

Gilshalos Sedai
09-18-2008, 01:16 PM
I really do have to say, Snow, that comparatively, we made out all right. Yeah, it's downright inconvenient to loose power and in some cases, unsanitary, but our house is still standing, we've found no damage and our jobs are intact. I may be irritated as all hell at Centerpoint Energy, but we have it better than most. For instance, we never lost water, nor have we had to boil it.

SauceyBlueConfetti
09-18-2008, 01:38 PM
OMG Saucy! Thats right- how was your trip?

I had oodles of fun :)

the city was beautiful, the weather was perfect and I am already in withdrawal for their coffee and croissants.

anyone who is a history/military buff MUST visit Normandy, it was the highlight of the trip for me, along with the Louvre. I needed more time there.

next time i will buff up on my French though, I was in a train compartment with 4 little nuns for 2 hours and realized i wanted to CHAT at them and was sadly aware of how limited my abilities were with the language.

Brita
09-18-2008, 02:28 PM
anyone who is a history/military buff MUST visit Normandy, it was the highlight of the trip for me, along with the Louvre. I needed more time there.


Did you get to see the Musee d'Orsay?

ShadowbaneX
09-18-2008, 02:41 PM
anyone who is a history/military buff MUST visit Normandy, it was the highlight of the trip for me, along with the Louvre. I needed more time there.

next time i will buff up on my French though, I was in a train compartment with 4 little nuns for 2 hours and realized i wanted to CHAT at them and was sadly aware of how limited my abilities were with the language.

I most definately want to see Normandy before I die. I was supposed to join my parents for a trip to England back in 06, but I didn't find a job and with the Vagas trip also that summer I had to leave out. Had I gone I most definately would have hit Caen, the Beaches, Dieppe and Vimy while I was in the neighbourhood.

How long were you in Normandy?

Gilshalos Sedai
09-18-2008, 02:58 PM
The Queen Reports:


WE HAVE POWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ivhon
09-18-2008, 03:00 PM
NICE!!

Brita
09-18-2008, 03:02 PM
Woohoo! Welcome back to civilization!

John Snow
09-18-2008, 03:08 PM
I shall look for you two back on Guild Wars forthwith!

Gilshalos Sedai
09-18-2008, 03:20 PM
Well, we have a lot of clean up to do. You'd be surprised how a week without power equates to a large mess.

SauceyBlueConfetti
09-18-2008, 04:15 PM
How long were you in Normandy?

NOT long enough...we spent a full day there, took the train in the wee hours of the morning from Paris to Bayeux, and returned late that night, about a 2 hour train ride each way. I could easily have spent two full days there, lots of museums and sites to visit and Bayeux is a very sweet little town in itself. We had fabulous 4 fromage pizza at a little cafe before we left that still makes me think : "yum yum yum!"

We hit Utah, Omaha and the additional Allied beaches, a couple museums, the German cemetery (very sobering in the numbers of unidentified KIAs as well as beatiful with it's black lava crosses) and of course the American Cemetery that is breathtaking in beauty as well as painful to envision how many 19-20 year olds are buried there.

When I sat in the sand at Omaha beach I could FEEL the sorrow, it was indescribable and I can only tell you have the interest than you MUST go someday. Our guide was amazing and well worth the extra cost, I cannot imagine wandering aimlessly through the sites even with my history background. I thought I knew a lot, but I realized quickly I only knew enough to be mesmerized by what I still could learn.

Brita: we missed d'Orsee...the Pope was in town and some of the sites/roads were closed for his movements (we missed him too! As a Catholic, I would have enjoyed vespers at Notre Dame with him, but oh well!)...l'Orangerie is amazing.

Davian93
09-18-2008, 05:25 PM
Well, we have a lot of clean up to do. You'd be surprised how a week without power equates to a large mess.

So how many loads of wash we talking here? let alone dishes.

Terez
09-18-2008, 05:47 PM
Yay for power! :D

Bryan Blaire
09-18-2008, 06:01 PM
Dishes, not so many. Those are done by hand often anyway. Dishwashers without power are very convenient drying racks though.

Clothing on the other hand - well, it's a good thing I get a uniform allowance each year, 'cause I'm probably throwing some of this stuff away... :D

Yay power!

Seriously guys, thanks for hoping we were safe, but please send at least some well wishes down to Galveston and the Bolivar Pennisula. In a couple of towns down there, there are NO buildings left standing.

Aside from fear of shattering glass, wind is COOL! :D

Davian93
09-18-2008, 06:05 PM
So I saw some photos of Galveston....did anyone at all survive? How could they if they did, there was like nothing left. Thank God you guys are away from the coast.


Dishes by hand? ~shudders~ I remember when our dishwasher was broke for 5 days...worst week of my life.


Well not seriously but I hate dishes.

Bryan Blaire
09-18-2008, 08:33 PM
I CAN HAZ ALL DA INTERNETZ!!!

Terez
09-18-2008, 08:53 PM
Everybody knows that Galveston does NOT do well in hurricanes. If not, they should - I grew up knowing that the only place to be devastated worse than the MS Coast in Camille was Galveston in some hurricane before hurricanes had names.

Birgitte
09-18-2008, 11:39 PM
Yeah. I rode out Ike. It was dreadful... We had to drink warm beer. Gross. Warm Mountain Dew... Nasty...

Nah... The only problem I had was no way to charge my cell phone and no fan at night. I can't sleep without one. I got probably three hours of sleep at a time since we lost power.

tanaww
09-19-2008, 07:39 AM
It was dreadful... We had to drink warm beer.

I'm quite sure that, given your age, you mean root beer, right?

:eek:

Gilshalos Sedai
09-19-2008, 08:17 AM
Of course, Tanaww, entirely IBC. B! Give that Bud Lite back to my sister!


Galveston was flattened in 1900. There are still some buildings still standing, ironically, on the West End which is what was wiped out in the 1900 storm. The East End got it this year. Most of the Galvestonians got out, I believe, the death toll stands at around 20. But we may never get a full accounting since some were swept out to sea. The death toll from Bolivar is higher, those that did get evacuated by rescuers claim that by the time they got the Mandatory Evacuation Order, the roads were already gone in the pre-storm storm surge.

Frankly, if you see the water rising, wouldn't you GET OUT, mandatory evac or not?

Davian93
09-19-2008, 08:28 AM
Not unless the gov't comes and carries me Gil...Jeesh.

Hopper
09-19-2008, 11:02 AM
OK, what is it about barrier islands that are so attractive to property owners. They are, by their very nature, temporary bits of land. It's not a question of IF they're going to be wiped out by winds and waves, it's a question of WHEN.

Davian93
09-19-2008, 11:03 AM
They have such nice beaches usually.

Gilshalos Sedai
09-19-2008, 11:24 AM
Because it started out as a PIRATE HANGOUT (http://www.galvestonhistory.org/The_Pirate_Island_of_Jean_Lafitte.asp), Duh!

Gilshalos Sedai
09-22-2008, 12:29 PM
FYI: That yellow house is NOT photoshopped.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/09/18/ike.last.house.standing/index.html

Cary Sedai
09-22-2008, 12:40 PM
Crazy

Davian93
09-22-2008, 12:45 PM
I'm guessing that the builder will be quite busy with work for the next few years...talk about free advertising of his work.

Gilshalos Sedai
09-22-2008, 12:50 PM
If they mentioned the bloody builder at all. I was trying to find out who built the house for my boss who has a house down there.

Marie Curie 7
09-22-2008, 12:52 PM
Yeah, here's the view from above (http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=1088&tstamp=200809).

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o71/mariecurie7/gilchrist_after.jpg

The destruction of Gilchrist
Many of you have probably seen the photo of Gilchrist, Texas showing complete destruction of the town of 750 people, save for one lone home. High-resolution satellite imagery made available by NOAA's National Geodetic Survey (Figure 1) confirm that of the approximately 1000 structures existing in the town before Hurricane Ike, only about five survived the hurricane. Approximately 200 of these buildings were homes, and it is thought that some of the residents attempted to ride out the storm in their homes. According to media reports, about 34 survivors from Gilchrist and the neighboring communities of Crystal Beach and Port Bolivar have been fished out of Galveston Bay in the past few days. Rescuers who have reached Gilchrist have not been able to find any victims in the debris because there is no debris. Ike's storm surge knocked 99.5% of the 1,000 buildings in Gilchrist off their foundations and either demolished them or washed them miles inland into the swamplands behind Gilchrist. Until search teams can locate the debris of what was once was Gilchrist, we will not know the fate of those who may have stayed behind to ride out the storm.

Brita
09-22-2008, 01:06 PM
Wow! "A picture is worth a thousand words."

Terez
09-22-2008, 01:23 PM
OK, what is it about barrier islands that are so attractive to property owners. They are, by their very nature, temporary bits of land. It's not a question of IF they're going to be wiped out by winds and waves, it's a question of WHEN.
And you shouldn't need a geology degree to figure that much out, either...

Birgitte
09-22-2008, 04:55 PM
Until search teams can locate the debris of what was once was Gilchrist, we will not know the fate of those who may have stayed behind to ride out the storm.

Sadly, I don't think there's much question of what "the fate of thsoe who may have stayed behind" was.

Terez
09-22-2008, 05:09 PM
Yeah, at least where I'm from people could swim out. There doesn't seem to have been anywhere to swim to for those people.