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Subject: OT~~Well, Hello World!!
Date Posted: 7/8/2012 8:28 AM ET
Member Since: 5/19/2007
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I'm back!  (In case y'all were too busy reading to notice, I was gone...laugh)

Eight days without power...it came on last night around 10:30, just as we were going to bed.  We were far luckier than Deb, as our driveway and house were clear, no trees down on our property.  But I was at Brianna's on Friday, just leaving Huntington when it hit.  The power went out before I could fill my tank, and, not knowing the awful extent of this storm, I elected to keep going until I found a gas station with power.  Two hours later, I was out of gas!  I found a WalMart next to a gas station, pulled off in the pitch dark (no traffic lights) and pouring rain, and spent the night in my car, hoping the power would be restored in the morning.

At 11:30 that night, a fire truck with flashing lights came through the lot with a bullhorn, announcing that it would be 7 to 10 days before power was restored.  I remember thinking, "Oh, thanksNow I can really relax and get some sleep!"  About 5 am I moved from the WalMart lot to the gas pump, which was good because I was then first in line.  A generator was on its way from Altoona, PA (of all places!!) and by 7:30 I had half a tank of gas and another 2 1/2 hours to drive!

I made it home close to empty again...no power anywhere, no ability to pump gas.  And once the generators would get running, the stations ran out of gas!  People have been without water, ice is like gold; grocery stores had to throw away their perishables, and couldn't restock without power.  Not to mention the difficulty of even getting delivery trucks to the stores.  

It was an uncomfortabe feeling to be at home without power, phones, cell phones, internet OR gasoline!  But after a few days, as the gas issue got settled, we were able to run our small generator so we had the fridge thank goodness!  And we always had water, which was the biggest blessing of all.  We were really much better off than so many.  When I finally had enough gas to get to work, we were swamped!  The libraries get their Internet from a different source than all the locals, so we had Internet access and tons of people coming in to tell loved ones they were okay, pay some bills and check the power company's web site!  

We live in a remote area, but it's a small town mentality, and everyone pulled together, helped each other, and went the extra mile without a second thought.  I love it here!

So I'm spending my day today doing laundry!  WhooHoo!  And a loooong warm shower.  wink

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 10:14 AM ET
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Wow, Vicky, what a story!

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 10:21 AM ET
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I'm glad you and your family are OK. As well as your house!

I have a friend, who was caught in the storm. She had to move her elderly parents to a hotel for the duration of the power outtage. And I'm guessing she was lucky to find a room!

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 11:19 AM ET
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Welcome back Vicky!  Glad to hear you are fine in spite of your adventure early on.

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 12:12 PM ET
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What an adventure!  Glad you made it back safe and everything is starting to return to normal.

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 12:17 PM ET
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Welcome back, Vicky! Glad to hear that all is getting back to normal. We're still having a bit of a dispute with our power provider -- they tell us we have power and we tell them we don't. My 21-year-old son decided that my "catch more flies with honey" approach wasn't working so he decided to become a loud, squeaky wheel which doesn't seem to be much more effective -- largely because it's virtually impossible to get past the automated recording that thanks us for calling and indicates that all power has been restored to our area. It's true -- all our neighbors have power -- but rest assured, we are capable of distinguishing a house with power and one without -- ours definitely is in the latter category!
Date Posted: 7/8/2012 12:29 PM ET
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Thanks everyone!  Oh Deb, how frustrating!  Maybe you should call and say there is a problem with your bill--it's not going to be paid until all your power is restored.  Those automated answering machines can lead to murder!

In other news, we have clean sheets and towels!  cool

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 12:57 PM ET
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Vicky, glad you are OK. Deb, fingers crossed you win the battle with the power company.

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 3:17 PM ET
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Yay -- our power has been fully restored!
Date Posted: 7/8/2012 3:58 PM ET
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Well, I am certainly glad to hear that you have all made it through this business okay! Vicky - so sorry to hear about the night spent in the parking lot! I was popping in to peek around a bit , but not much, as we had my stepdaughter and her family visiting for a week. Grandkids are 7 and 11 and I  feel like I just survived a train wreck. They left this AM and I'm shot!!

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 4:24 PM ET
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So glad things might be getting to normal for both of you!  My sister and her family live in Morgantown and they were very lucky.  They were only without power a couple of days.  We are mostly prepared for that kind of thing down here in Hurricane Alley, but it's still not very comfortable!

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 5:48 PM ET
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What a story, Vicky! So glad you are back.

Deb, I'm so thankful you have power again.

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 6:53 PM ET
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Deb:  So glad to hear your power is finally on!

 



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Date Posted: 7/8/2012 9:25 PM ET
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Just want to add my voice welcome back from the dark ages Vicky and Deb I am happy that you got your power back.  I didn't realize the scope of the outage at first.