Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Walking in a Winter Wonderland. Or, you know, total winter devastation.

In case anyone was wondering, I am alive and well here at the epicenter of the great ice storm of Ought-Seven. I have electricity again, but no cable or internet. My workplace is still powerless, as are many of my friends, and about half the city. New Guy lives in a part of town that still has all the amenities, so I'm checking in from his place.

This is the worst ice storm I've ever seen. And the strangest. It never iced the streets. Only the trees and power lines. My part of town looks like a bomb went off. My backyard is full of the neighbor's trees, but I'm one of the lucky ones. My neighborhood got its power lines buried last year, so I only lost electricity for a day, and I was able to kiss the cats, grab Pudge and head to New Guy's house for a night. I'm very lucky. It may be several days before many of my friends have warm houses again.

Okay, I still feel a little sorry for myself not being able to watch TV or check the internet, and I can't help fretting a little about whether Friday's paycheck will be arriving, but I am completely ashamed of myself for feeling that way. I know I'm lucky, trust me.

Please hold a good thought for all those here who are still in the cold and the dark. I'll check in again when I can.

12 comments:

3carnations said...

Thanks for checking in - I've thought of you everytime I've seen news of the ice storm. I'm glad you fared relatively well through it!

Noelle said...

I'm really glad you're okay. And I'm totally ashamed that I didn't know how bad it was out there until I read your post and checked the news. Yikes!

Sparkling Cipher said...

Glad you're okay and hope you get paid on time.

I'm sympathetic to all those living without electricity. I wish them speedy restoration.

What makes me feel ashamed is thinking how cool everything looks with a thick coating of ice. It's not good for trees or power lines, but dang it looks pretty.

Sauntering Soul said...

Sending warm thoughts your way!

I have quite a bit of family in the Oklahoma City area and some more family in Illinois. They've all been hit pretty hard by this ice storm.

If I can send anything from Atlanta to help you out, please don't hesitate to ask!

Stefanie said...

Worrying about your paycheck arriving is totally valid, I say.

Glad you are OK! I heard something on the news today about a bunch of people getting together to chip the ice off some big tree that's become a memorial to the bombing victims, and I was hoping there was no frozen tree ready to fall in YOUR backyard!

SUEB0B said...

I am glad you are ok. Bundle up!

Stinkypaw said...

Happy to see you're ok and being warm. We lived through an ice storm a few years back, and were lucky compared to a lot of people.

Sending warm thoughts your way!

gorillabuns said...

screw the ice - where is the check?

Mariposa said...

Sending you warm thoughts and hugs!!!

Take care...

Whiskeymarie said...

Glad you're o.k, and I will pray to the financial gods that you get your check today.

I remember a bad ice storm we got when I was 11 or 12. Our house was on a hill, and after the storm stopped we could just walk out our front door and slide down the hill in our snowpants, without sleds.
We thought that ice storms were the coolest thing ever then.
Not so much now.

Hope your power & such is back by now.

L Sass said...

I'm glad that things are improving down there. The stories about this ice storm are crazy!

metalia said...

I was thinking of you, too; glad to hear that you're okay.