Blown away*…

Um… From the “What the fuck” files…

There was this hurricane thing.  Hit Texas?  You may have heard about it?  Well, Ike didn’t just beat up on Tina Turner… Quite literally, out of the fucking blue, wind picked up yesterday afternoon.  And right here in the middle of nowhere-near-a-coastline, we got Tropical Storm force winds – sustained about 40-50 mph, with gusts to 80mph (that’s Category I Hurricane, for those of you without access to The Weather Channel).

Needless to say, this is not a regular occurrence here in the midwest.  Six hours of big wind – thrust upon trees that have never been tested against such force – means “HOLY SHIT”.  The entire region is literally blown away.  Fortunately, very few casualties – trees falling on motorcyclists, heart attacks as people say “WHAT THE FUCK? I LIVE IN THE MIDWEST?  WE DON’T HAVE HURRICANES, FOR FUCKSAKE!” – and surprisingly no rain. I’m no meteorologist, but i think that’s because there is no ocean within about 1500 miles…

Down in The Park?  90% of the Cincinnati metropolitan area was without power this morning.  DQ and BJ** evacuated Mom late yesterday – a large tree came down in her back yard and freaked her out.  Didn’t hit anything important, but they thought it best to get her somewhere else – so she’s hanging out with BJ’s parents in an armored fortress with portable generators***.  Oh, and i’m guessing we’ll need to re-pimp Dad’s grave.  Ain’t no way that the silk arrangement withstood 80 mph gusts…

Headed out to run errands at my old house in the middle of the ‘blow’, and hadn’t realized how bad it was til i ran into the first massive tree trunk blocking a roadway.  Power lines down everywhere.  My power went out around 3:30PM.  Went over to my old house – and with all the old trees adjacent, expected the worst – and all was well.  A neighbor got a big ol’ branch through the roof, though.

Hit a hardware store – operating on generator power, of course – and bought some shelving for the new place.  And proceeded to get drunk with a friend, while installing shelving in a closet.  Not the easiest thing to do by candlelight, but we were resourceful…

So i’m going to be a little bit ghostly in your ol’ comment boxes****.  Limited connectivity until my neighbor with the unsecured wireless access gets things up and running again.  Awaiting the plague of locusts, strontium showers and fires from the sky…  Gotta wonder if the Large Hadron Collider activity was responsible.  Damn Europeans…

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* “Hurricane” is perhaps one of the best love songs ever.  And certainly one of Neil Young’s best.

** BJ’s home, down to taking just tylenol for pain, and in a back brace.  He has been directed to stay mostly horizontal, but is doing well despite the crushed vertebrae.

*** God love those damn survivalist types!  Good to know someone with a bunker when the shit starts flyin’, isn’t it?

**** May or may not be a euphemism, depending on who you are!

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15 thoughts on “Blown away*…

  1. Yikes. I may moan about the weather we have here in Scotland, but at least it’s pretty consistently cold and wet, with no nasty surprises. Take care.

  2. I just got off the phone with me baby sister, who told me it was “creepy freaky” … all that incessant howling wind, trees falling on houses (neighbors’, not hers, praise Allah) down in Cincinnati.

    Her kids (bride with whip, etc) wanted to go out and play in the wind and she said, “It’s not wind, it’s debris. You’re staying inside.”

    Power out last night in her hood, they sat around drinking beer before it got warm (the grow’d ups, not the munchkins … chilluns were happily snorting baby oxycontin), and listening to brother-in-law read “The Hobbit” by candlelight. Sweet, eh?

    Power came back on just after they moved all the frozen stuff to mom’s place (Batavia was apparently all juiced up).

    Oh, and apparently Chicago got all the rain.

  3. And proceeded to get drunk with a friend, while installing shelving in a closet. Not the easiest thing to do by candlelight, but we were resourceful…

    ‘kay… so since when is it not easy to get drunk by candlelight?

    hope the internet gods bestow borrowed bandwidth on you soon… we’ll miss you ’til then!

  4. I remember those winds from Colorado. And we get them here in the winter. NO fun. Be careful with the drunken candlelight thing. I don’t want to hear your new place had an accident. Meanwhile, it’s 78 degrees here. Going back outside.

  5. somewhere i saw a projection that showed the hurricane looping around and doubling back over the mainland… i thought it was a joke since i have never heard of one doing that either… guess i was wrong too…….

    glad to know y’all are alright and nothing of major importance got blown away…..

  6. I thought Cincinnati was one of those “safe” cities? No earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, brush fires, floods, etc. It’s a good thing we blew a big hole in the ozone layer, otherwise we wouldn’t be having this interesting weather.

  7. Oh my goodness! I hope you guys are ok! (A hurricane survivor myself, I was totally confused when I felt the aftershocks of the earthquake that hit L.A. a month or two ago.) Thought there was a racoon under my couch. I miss you, girl–be careful out there in the wild and windy midwest.

  8. cat – most of the time, it’s temperate here. all four seasons, which means constant change in environment – which is good and bad. this shit? UN-PRE-DICTED! They didn’t see it coming. trippy…

    bob – yep. that’s what it was – and with no warning, it was freaky as hell! Sounds like they made the best of it – Hobbit by candlelight? That’s sweet! i ignored good sense, and went out and played in the debris…

    gnu – when you can’t find the liquor cabinet! it ended up being a great evening – productive (ie: shelving) and fun (ie: candlight)…

    silverstar – i’m anal-retentive about open flames, only using ‘jar’ candles, and making sure they are securely placed in the household. got pretty good at peeing in the dark! and i’m much more familiary with the new place, since i’ve been making my way around by touch!

    paisley – yep! strangeness… it was a weird combination of events. we had sunshine in the morning, so when the upper level distrubance that had been the hurricane blew overhead, there was some freaky resonance – pulling high level 70 mph winds down to the surface. the entire state of Ohio is blown away! over half the state had no power Monday…

    unbearable banishment – yeah – so did i… we get the random tornado thing, but those are quick, dirty and statistically insignificant (unless you are in the path). plus, they like trailer parks…

    stanky one – we’re fine! feel really bad for the people who are going to be without power for the week. no way this will be done for a few more days… churches are opening doors for ‘hot food and showers’, which is about the best thing you can do with a church (in my opinion)…

    alex – don’t think this is a global warming thing… just punishment from the gods to remind us that we’re complacent, fat and lazy. and are not in control of the universe…

    tNb – sunday night? it was whiskey, some hand tools and a friend to keep me company! not bad…

    umdalum – this is one of the reasons i don’t live in a coastal region. my sister (Miami) got so tired of putting the shutters up and down one year that she was ready to move back home. That’s a bold statement, considering how much she hated The Park!

  9. Hey, yeah, it came and slapped TN, too! A tree fell on and killed a couple of men on a golf course. I guess one really loves golf to be out in that kind of wind.

  10. It came this way after your place–after living in Miami for 13 years, I had to admit the spookiest thing was the wind howling with no rain. WEIRD. We only lost a few tree branches, so I guess all is well. Hang in there!

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