16 September 2008 by Published in: General musings 2 comments

First, it is worth noting that this is the 800th post on this blog. That’s a milestone I never thought I would reach, and I thank each and every one of you who takes time out of your day to indulge my rantings.

Here’s a quick update on the status of things here. Our power came back on at the house last night. We were at the hotel, and Susan realized she had forgotten something and ran home to get it. She then discovered that the power was back on, called me to tell me, and then came to pick us up and take us home. We still have no telephone or Internet (hopefully, those will come back today) and a freezer full of spoiled food, but other than that, we’re okay.

There are still easily 250,000 people here in Central Ohio with no power. Neither my office nor Susan’s has power. People are suffering with no refrigeration, no hot water, no electricity, telephone, etc.; fortunately, the weather is cool, so it’s not ghastly without air conditioning. Those whose power has not already been restored may have to wait as late as Friday or Saturday to get their power back. Clean up is under way. Not surprisingly, the tree service companies are overwhelmed with calls that they cannot begin to keep up with at the moment.

One poor local man was killed when he was going to his shed and a tree fell on him. That’s obviously unfortunate, but this poor fellow’s son vanished a couple of years ago and remains missing, making his situation doubly tragic. I hope he finds some peace now.

So, we’re fine. A little bruised and sore, wand with lots of cleaning up to do, but we will be just fine.

Tomorrow, it will be business as usual on this blog.

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  1. Randy
    Wed 17th Sep 2008 at 10:34 am

    Glad you guys are OK and that you at least have power. Spoiled food is about the best result you can have in these situations when stuctural damage, personal injury or even death are possible. I had a tree come through my old house in a 1996 hurricane, and we had no power for two weeks, no phone for three weeks and no cable for a month, so I know how you feel. To this day I keep a wary eye on the sky whenever the wind kicks up.
    Hope all returns to normal soon.


  2. Dave Smith
    Wed 17th Sep 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Having lived in the Cincinnati, Ohio area all of my life, and only recently relocated to Phoenix, it’s been interesting following what happened this past Sunday.

    My Mom still lives in Batavia, Ohio, and we talked on Sunday about the storm. Almost ten years ago, she and Dad put in a propane generator for backup emergency power for the house. While it’s been used for occasional storm outages, this time it has been a true godsend. Mom has extension cords run to the neighbors to keep their refrigerators going.

    I think it’s hard for a lot of people to come to grips with a storm that didn’t have rain, but it’s not the rain from Ike that caused the devestation.

    Hang in there, Eric. We’ll continue to send thoughts and prayers.


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