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Mythsaje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 08:25 PM
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And the Wind will blow
Those of you paying attention to the national news tonight are probably aware of how hard we in the Pacific Northwest got hammered last night, between torrential rains and intense winds. The Oregon Coast had it worse than did we, with gusts on the coast itself hitting over 120 mph, and on Mt. Hood, 99 mph.

I live in Tacoma and we apparently saw gusts of 69 mph and remarkable lightning with no sound of thunder. Just the wind screaming and rattling the windows. At about 12:30 we heard a ferocious crash and a car alarm going off.

We leaped out of bed and ran to the front door, stepping out on the porch to nearly swoon in both relief and regret. The huge dogwood tree across the street went down, falling almost directly northward along the edge of the street, crushing at least two of the neighbors' cars and missing ours by about 30 feet. Had it fallen eastward, it would have landed on OUR house and cars. Had it fallen that way, I'm not sure the cars would have mattered much.

When I got home from work tonight the tree was being cut up by a work crew, freeing two of one neighbor's cars from the back part of his driveway. He lost one car and another neighbor's car took the tree straight through the roof, the front windshield, and pretty much destroyed it.

Our dogs and cat were all worried last night. It was almost a FOUR dog night, except my Shiba Inu isn't a big fan of cuddling. He was only willing to hang out on the bed if he was getting petted.

Close to a million people are still without power. We were lucky. The power went off briefly sometime last night, but was on again by morning. We have power, cable, and internet, which makes us pretty fortunate. Power wasn't much of a surprise, since we live on a hospital grid.

Now the cold is going to hit, and that's going to make it hard on a lot of people in the area who don't have any method of heating their house without power.

I was watching the news and discovered that a woman drowned in her basement in the early onslaught, her studio becoming a deathtrap in initial onslaught of the storm. It gave me chills when they announced that she was one of the most popular audiobook narrators and they played a clip of her voice and I knew it. Not well--she wasn't one of the narrators of the books I've listened to most often, but I had heard her voice before.

It's so strange how such astounding things can hit you out of the blue.

In the wake of all of this I had a chuckle about twenty minutes ago, when a couple of the next-door neighbor's dogs were out on the street, confronting by another neighbor's cat in the middle of the street (I live on a quiet residential street) and the neighbor's big dog (a pit bull pup about a year old--one of the friendly ones) was backed off by the cat. Until the neighbor's other dog (a much smaller lab/something cross) came running up behind him yipping, as if calling him a coward. The pit turned around and chased the cat, though not with particular intensity. The cat got away without a lot of trouble.

I walked back in the house with the thought that some of the Republican front-runners are a lot like that pit bull. Hesitant to engage, but spurred on by their smaller, less formidable pack-mates. It was a weird moment. Of course, maybe I'm just feeling particular philosophical right now. Feels like we dodged a bullet.

Well, we're still okay here. I know it made national news and wanted to check in and let everyone know that we weathered it okay.
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Redstone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 08:27 PM
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1. Damn. You folks are in for a hard few days, aren't you? I hope you do well.
Redstone
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MaggieSwanson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 08:40 PM
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2. Thank you for the report, Mythsaje
Glad to hear you and yours are safe.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 08:41 PM
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3. did`t you guys got hammered a few weeks ago?
i guess i won`t complain about the weather here in northern illinois. the snow is gone and the weekend in the 50`s.
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Mythsaje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 10:38 PM
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15. We got twice the average rainfall in NOV...
So I guess the answer would be yes. That was bad for a lot of people too.
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 08:43 PM
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4. I hope your neighbors in the cold and dark
are getting the help they need.. . .
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Mythsaje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 10:09 PM
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8. Yeah, I hope so too...n/t
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spindrifter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 09:39 PM
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5. It's been pretty remarkable here.
We got 2.17 inches of rain the day of the storm (yesterday), with an inch falling in an hour--and that hour was rush hour, the day of a 5 p.m. Seahawk start. That added to the frenzy of storm traffic in a big way, since we had significant water over roads, sink holes and a major tunnel was closed due to flooding.
There are still large segments of Seattle without power. Most of the people who straggled in to work this morning had left there homes with no power and had no idea whether anything would be working when they got home.
I count myself lucky. The neighbor's huge tree made it through the storm and didn't take out the back of my house. The solid waste guys made it to our neighborhood and took the garbage and recycling on the scheduled day.
I'm hoping my friends, neighbors and co-workers are safe and warm tonight and that we can just put this in the journal of Seattle storm stories--hopefully a short journal.
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TomInTib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 09:49 PM
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6. You were in bed in weather such as that?
I have been through all manner of catastrophic weather conditions and I try to stay ever-vigilant.

I don't want to get killed while I am trying to awake.
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Mythsaje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 10:11 PM
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9. Just started a new job the other day...
Today was only my third day and I had to be there at 10:00... I couldn't really afford to miss sleep.

I didn't really sleep very well at all after that.
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TomInTib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 10:22 PM
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12. I believe I read something about that.
Damn, Saje, I wish your writing would/could support you and yours.

In a perfect World...
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Mythsaje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:01 PM
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18. Someday...
I truly believe that.

It's one of the things that keeps me going. That has gotten me through the darkest points in my life...that someday I'd be able to live to write and write to live.
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TomInTib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:46 PM
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23. May the Fates be with you...
You get to the point where you are trying so hard...

Where you can't get any better..

But you keep on trying.

Never give in..

Never give up.

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Mythsaje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:52 PM
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24. Well, I think I can always get better...
Everything I write is just that much better than the last thing I wrote. I'm constantly trying to improve my word-smithing talent.
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TomInTib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 12:07 AM
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26. I have been watching..
for quite some time.

Just keep tuning, Saje.

You are really good in short blasts.

I've never seen any of your long stuff.

Got any links?

Tom
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Mythsaje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 12:18 AM
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27. There's a short story on my website
that might be of interest to you.

It's entitled "Battlezone" and can be found at http://www.sajewilliams.com/battlezone.htm .

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TomInTib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 12:54 AM
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28. Bookmarked
For I am highly intoxicated.

This time of year is pretty tough on us with close proximity to Humboldt and the Wine Country (great wine is very affordable here).

Thanks..
Tom
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Mythsaje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 01:05 AM
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29. I could imagine...
This is an old story, with less depth, perhaps, than some of my later work, but if you use the e-mail link on my website, I'd be happy to send you another original story as well.

That offer actually extends to any DUer interested in reading a further sample of my writing.
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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 09:58 PM
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7. Glad you are alright, Mythsaje
We made it through relatively unscathed also. Lost power about 9:30 last night, but it was back on by 7:00 this morning. None of the big trees around us fell down, thank goodness, though our next-door neighbor had a rather sizable branch fall off one of his trees. I went to the store last night to get more candles and batteries. We have 2 battery operated radios, and two small battery operated tv's, so were able to watch or listen to the news. We also have a wood burning stove, so if necessary, we could have fired that up, and even used it to cook things on.

Now it's going to get very cold, and I feel so bad for all those people who are still without power, and who don't have fireplaces or wood burning stoves. Not all of them are going to be able to afford to stay at a hotel while they wait for their power to come back on.

Man, I am getting sick of the severe weather we've had over the past couple of months.
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Mythsaje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 10:28 PM
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14. Like I said, we're lucky enough to be on a hospital grid
We were incredibly fortunate. We don't have a woodstove, unfortunately. This house once had one (being built in 1914, but it was removed sometime in the past--like many things in this house, it is a reflection of some really bad remodeling work.

We usually keep the heat in the house between 55-60 degrees. Wear a lot of sweatshirts and pants in the house. Even our min-pin wears clothes in the house.
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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:10 PM
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20. Your house sounds like my house.
Mine is over 100 years old. It was remodeled - badly - in the 70's. Looking better now, but still has problems.
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Mythsaje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:12 PM
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22. We've got a lot of work to do here...
I'm doing it a little at a time, mostly cosmetic, but we'll probably be doing a major overhaul in the next few years.
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 10:15 PM
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10. Thanks for the update - glad you're okay! Radio_Lady is in Portland
and had to cancel her live Friday morning radio show because she couldn't make the commute into the station safely. Roads washed out, bridge disruption, wreckage all over the place and power out. She'd reported NINETY mile-an-hour winds the night before. SHEESH...
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 10:22 PM
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11. Two downed trees in my backyard west of Portland
Edited on Fri Dec-15-06 10:23 PM by depakid
It's pretty much a mess. Power was only off for a short while here- but other neighborhoods won't have it for days- and it's getting much colder. Light rail's been down at times as well.

What a sad story about the audiobook narrator.
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Mythsaje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 10:41 PM
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16. You folks got hammered harder than us.
My wife's mom called--it made the national news. She's trying to talk us into moving to Arizona. If I make it big, or if my wife's employer opens up a call center there, I think we may well think even more seriously about it.

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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:04 PM
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19. The whole region got seriously whacked
I'll have to say though, we get these winter storms every year- this one just happened to be a doozy, like the one in 1993. We also had an ice storm in 1996 that took out power for a week and shut Portland right down.

All in all though, I think I'll take the rain as opposed to the the heat and drought in Arizona.

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Mythsaje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:11 PM
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21. Yeah. We got pounded on Inaugaration Day too...
And I'm not sure about that ice storm...I know a major tropical storm hit the coast of California sometime around that time, blew a semi off a bridge in San Francisco) and rushed up the coast with some considerable power. It seems like it would have been around 96.

We had an ice storm in late 93 or 94 too.
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 10:24 PM
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13. My humblest apologies Mythsage...
I live in the Florida Keys and when I hear the words hurricane or tornado or even blizzard or ice storm from our closest up north neighbors, I quickly respond with whatever help I can offer. But I must admit that I don't really relate to our countrymen in the west. Earthquakes and fires and Pacific Ocean gales are pretty foreign to me, so I thank you for bringing them to my attention. Actually, other than the shootings and lootings in Miami, we see very little of the problems of our own extended country. Maybe a ten second footage on the national news.

Please keep informing us, and let us know if and how we can help you in these frightening times.


:hug:
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Mythsaje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 10:47 PM
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17. The Keys are one of the few places in the U.S. I've never been
that I want to see.

When I hear about a storm coming through there, my thoughts are definitely with you folks. I think the Keys are a fascinating place. Like New Orleans, one of the only other places I've wanted to see for years.
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sillyphoenix Donating Member (136 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:56 PM
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25. wowza! hang in there!
Who pissed off which god over there?
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