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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Ike: Recovering from the storm

Yes, we'll remember Ike for a while in Houston. But it could have been much worse, at least for me and mine.

I'm safe. My kids and ex are safe, and they even have power back on, not too many blocks away from me. The water pressure is coming back up gradually, and there's been no significant flooding in my immediate area.

There was some very impressive wind, though; I've seen worse, but not often, and not by very much.

The power went out fairly early on Friday night in my neighborhood, and a large tree in my own back yard has toppled over onto the distribution line leading from the back of my lot to the house. The line hasn't broken, but it's stretched almost to the ground. And from days gone by when I used to defend the local electric utility company* on its electrical contact cases, I have an enormous respect, bordering on paranoia, for downed or damaged power lines โ€” I've seen too many amputees and mourners from incidents when people were just as sure as they could be that those lines weren't energized โ€” so my dog and I will be staying well clear of the entire area, and I'll be waiting for the professionals to put the situation right.

Right now I'm working on my laptop, recharged from my car battery, connected to the internet through a dial-up modem at 26.4Kbps. It's like I've suddenly been transported back to 1987. But that's okay โ€” there was a time when I was very grateful to be connected at that speed, and I lived through those days fine.

As a consequence, though, I'm unlikely to be posting much in the next couple of days either here or at HughHewitt.com. Many thanks to those who've emailed or left comments with good wishes. From me, for the next few days, anyway, you should just assume that no news just means no news, not that it means bad news.

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*One of the first posts I wrote when I began blogging in 2003, titled Electric heroes: a memoir, was about lessons I learned and respect I gained through that representation. It's a bit melodramatic, but sincere.

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UPDATE (Sat Sep 20 @ 12:35pm): Still no power, still no internet. Via dial-up and laptop (charged by car battery), I can do email and minimal browsing, but not enough to stay current and do the research needed for my normal blogging. This marks a little over a week without power, which is getting tiresome, but things could be much worse.

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Comments

(1) arb made the following comment | Sep 14, 2008 7:39:40 PM | Permalink

Glad to hear that all are well. Stay safe and dry. Looking forward to future posts.

(2) Dan S made the following comment | Sep 14, 2008 7:54:27 PM | Permalink

Glad to see the post, Beldar. Stick to metaphorical livewires, and avoid the real ones!

(3) kimsch made the following comment | Sep 14, 2008 9:21:37 PM | Permalink

Glad you're okay! We got the remnants of Ike today, after getting flooded from a completely unrelated storm yesterday. And we're halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee!

(4) Cherie made the following comment | Sep 14, 2008 9:38:46 PM | Permalink

Thank you for letting us all know you're safe.

(5) DRJ made the following comment | Sep 14, 2008 10:47:42 PM | Permalink

It's good you have your laptop and modem but even better that you have your AC.

(6) Maura made the following comment | Sep 14, 2008 11:22:02 PM | Permalink

Thank God that you & yours are safe and uninjured!

I followed your link to Electric Heroes: very compelling reading. And it reminded me of the one and only time I served as a juror; was a fascinating experience.

(7) EHeavenlyGads made the following comment | Sep 15, 2008 8:49:37 AM | Permalink

How wonderful to read this post! Our prayers remain with everyone over the long recovery period ahead.

(8) Don Winstel made the following comment | Sep 15, 2008 10:11:19 PM | Permalink

Glad to hear that you and yours cheated death once again. If there is anything I can do to help just let me know.
I can't tell you what a kick it was for me to hear Hugh Hewitt mention your name and website on the radio. What a marvelous world we live in.

(9) Mike Devx made the following comment | Sep 17, 2008 10:39:10 AM | Permalink

I hope you're doing well. Come back, come back, we miss you!

(10) stan made the following comment | Sep 18, 2008 7:14:54 PM | Permalink

Beldar,

JR Dunn has a go at an article I thought you'd like to write -- why certain conservative pundits didn't "get" Palin. http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/09/palin_the_base_and_the_northea.html

(11) Milhouse made the following comment | Sep 21, 2008 11:02:41 AM | Permalink

Thanks for the updates; at least we know you're OK. This doesn't compare to the scare you gave some of us when you suddenly disappeared for over a year, and weren't answering emails. That time I ended up looking up your work number and calling your secretary to make sure you were still among the living, especially given your then-recent heart problems.

(12) Cherie made the following comment | Sep 21, 2008 10:47:27 PM | Permalink

So glad for the most recent update, sure do miss your wondrous wisdom and marvelous metaphors!!!

(13) Mike Thomas made the following comment | Sep 22, 2008 12:36:51 PM | Permalink

My inlaws finally got their power back on Saturday. They live near the Medical Center close to Bellaire. Hopefully yours won't be too far behind.
Of course, you probably won't like what you find when you finally get back. Palin's popularity has tanked and McCain's convention bounce has completely evaporated. I still expect a tough fight though.

(14) stan made the following comment | Sep 22, 2008 1:38:17 PM | Permalink

Hope everyone is hanging in there all right. When you get up to speed, you might have some real fun with this from Salon http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2008/09/18/lies/index.html

(15) akr made the following comment | Sep 22, 2008 3:48:55 PM | Permalink

Note to Mike Thomas:

Put not your trust in polls when it is the votes cast that count - and then the votes of the electors...

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