Gut Rumbles

August 14, 2004

what charlie?

The area where I live is remarkably lucky about dodging hurricanes. Hugo missed, Opal missed, Floyd missed and now Charlie missed, too. I woke up this morning to clear skies and no wind. Charlie was off to the east, getting ready to chew up the National Hurricane Magnet of North Carolina.

Don't get me wrong--- I'm not complaining. I like storms, but I DON'T like the hours without electricty, the downed trees and the other crap that goes with a hurricane. When David hit in the late 70s, Savannah was on its knees for a week. I was without power for three days, but my parents lived in the dark for NINE DAYS, while they watched a couple of hundred dollars worth of meat defrost in their freezer. That ain't no fun.

I ate like a king because my folks had a gas grill and they decided to COOK all those steaks and briskets and chops before they spoiled. We pigged out by candle-light every night and drank luke-warm beer until power was restored. Once I had power, I froze three one-gallon milk jugs of water every day and brought them to my parent's house. That way, they could keep some milk cold and have some kind of refrigeration for other perishables in an Igloo cooler. As my dad said, they were "roughing it."

I don't care to do that kind of thing anymore. I hope the hurricanes keep missing.


I remember David that's when we had to leave the cat with mom because it ran away from us when we visited on Labor Day Weekend when we lived in Athens never saw that cat again. Mom and Dad were without power for ten days I guess the power came back to your parents first because they live closer to the big city.. Lol ga. That really was a big storm for Savannah. But I think the worst one was the storm of the century it started in Florida and went all the way up the coast I don't think we lost power but it sure cleaned out the trees.

Posted by: ga on August 14, 2004 10:15 PM

And to think that missed all the fun of the blackout in the Northeast last year. Five million people without electricity for three days.

Good times, Rob. Good Times.

Posted by: skippystalin on August 15, 2004 01:45 AM

Opps. That should have read Fifty million people without power for three days. This included the cities of Toronto, New York and Detroit.

Oddly enough, my blog was better without electricity.

Posted by: skippystalin on August 15, 2004 01:47 AM

Between a really bad windstorm one year /2 days/ and an ice storm another /3 days no power/, I've lost any sense of adventure on the subject. Only reason I didn't freeze after the ice storm was my heat was a gas floor furnace that didn't need power.
A friend of mine was without power for 33 days after the ice storm. Yuck!

Posted by: Mark on August 15, 2004 11:21 AM
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