Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Come On Irene…..

No, I haven’t misspelled the title song of those one-hit wonders, Dexy’s Midnight Runners…..

I’m just gonna bitch and whine for a few moments about my post-hurricane Irene situation.

I really thought we were gonna get thru this thing unscathed. Even though the rain was torrential, and the wind was whipping things around like a mother, by 9 A.M. Sunday morning things were starting to die down and we still had power.

Then, just because Mother Nature likes to fuck with me, a mini-tornado touched down on our street.

It was about 2 minutes all told, but the damage done in those 2 minutes was pretty damn massive. Trees came down crushing fences and sheds, power lines came down, windows were smashed….

The worst damage came from a series of big trees down the street from us. The picture above is the best I could get of it from my cell phone, but you really can’t see the complete devastation that happened from that pic.

That tree in the pic is MASSIVE. It came down sprawled across the street, landing on a little Toyota and pretty much cutting it in half. There’s also a second tree, almost as big, behind the first one, which came down as well. THAT second tree hit the power lines, and took them down, along with the pole it was attached to.

The end result is a street that is completely cut off, some fucked up cars, live wires crackling all over the place, and me without power since Sunday morning.

We have now entered Day 3 of what I like to call “Slyde Under Seige”.

Living without power pretty blows donkey chunks. You can quote me on that.

During the day, Mini-Me and I take walks to look at all the downed trees, and play board games. Once the sun goes down, I feel like Will Smith in “I Am Legend”. I run home to sit in a pitch black house and try to drink myself silly so I can force myself to actually fall asleep by 9 P.M. Good times.

The WORST part of the whole situation is that the house next door to mine gets their power from a different transformer, so THEY still have fucking power! Some nights I sit on my porch steps and stare at them all watching TV through their window. I get filled with rage and seriously contemplate throwing a tree trunk like a javelin, right at their fat, TV-watching heads. I guess I’m petty, but I think I could be handling this much better if my entire neighborhood was suffering like I am. Seeing the people next to me going about their day like nothing is wrong is almost too much for me to bear.

From what I’m being told, I’d be surprised if got power back before next week.

So, that’s where I’m at. I could say something noble like “At least we all came thru the hurricane OK”, but fuck that…..

I want to watch Tru Blood, dammit!


Unknown said...

Bless your heart.

And why aren't you bribing your neighbor?

I lived in Pensacola during the hurricane season that produced Katrina. I experience Dennis and several other tropical storms. Post hurricane life is BULLshit.
Cold showers, tepid food and drink.

Hang in there. But seriously? Bribe the neighbor. Everyone has a price.

Verdant Earl said...

I was wondering how you were doing with the storm. Not enough to, ya know, actually call to find out. But wondering, nonetheless. Your past three days sound like my past three days. We lost power overnight Saturday into Sunday, but it came back on at 7PM on Sunday.

Great! Except...not so much. We had power for around 2 hours and then it died again. Haven't had a blip since. I don't understand how it came back on and then died again. That's a mystery. But we are still living in the Stone Ages. And it looks like it's gonna be awhile.

I've been working at the library for the past two days, using their wifi. But this sucks.

Cocaine Princess said...

There was so much news coverage on Hurricane Irene I honestly thought it was the end of the world.

Hang In There!!

I still have to watch True Blood too!
I Dvr'ed it- it was going opposite of the MTV Awards.

Slyde said...

anna: yeah, i've thought about it, but the neighbors are squatters that i'd like to see evicted, so i feel kinda guilty asking them for a hand...

earl: i could have been lieing dead in a ditch for DAYS before you came to help me! No more hand jobs for you...

cocaine: it WAS pretty bad, but i was getting sick of the coverage too...

meleah rebeccah said...

Holy Shit.

Holy. Shit. Slyde.

Marlene said...

Wowza....that DOES suck. I hope everything gets cleaned up and back on track for you soon. I guess I'll count my lucky stars we were only without power for ten hours.

sybil law said...

Well *I* am glad you're all okay and have your health.
We suffered for 5 fucking days without power a couple of years ago. I seriously wanted to blow the guy who got the shit back on. Laura Ingalls, I ain't.
Hope your power's back on soon!!

AlleyCat Runs said...

I'm just glad the tree didn't come down on you or Frizz or Mini me; or your car or house :0)

I haven't seen any of season 4 Tru Blood yet.... but I am reading the last book. Tis good!!!

Hope the power returns sooner than later!

Chris H said...

Ahh ya poor bugger! Why not ask to share the neighbour's TV.. make yourself at home over there?
I hope you don't have to wait too long for the power to come back on.
True blood sucks anyway!

Mrs. Hall said...

yeah, true blood was really good this week, marnie and the crazy spanish witch have an actual conversation, and Pam is BACK in all her mega babe form!!

yeah, it was good stuff.


MarkD60 said...

After Hurricane Ivan, I didn't have power or water for months and months.

It's a pity when big trees get knocked over.

Radioactive Tori said...

Earlier this summer we had a bunch of days with no power. At first it was fun and like an adventure. After a few days it wasn't as much fun, especially because the front of our neighborhood shares its power grid with a hospital so they got power back pretty quickly and we did not. Our neighbors were running power cords across streets so people could share the power. We live too far from the area with power so we were left to sit in the dark. I was very thankful for all I take for granted when the power came back on.

Good luck!

ChrisM said...

My power just came back on 3am this morning.

I agree. Cold showers suck. Although the cold shower did feel good after I finished cutting up one of the trees that fell in my backyard. I just have at least two more to do.

Slyde said...

meleah: holy. shit. indeed.

marlene: i'd KILL for only 10 hours..

sybil: i'd gladly blow anyone at this point for lights and internet...

alley: me 2!

chrish: yeah, i've thought about that, but i really fucking hate the guy....

holly: are those SPOILERS?????

mark: months???? thats insane!!!!

radio: yeah, the nights are the bad part. when the sun goes down, im bored silly.

chrism: lucky duck...

Heff said...

Hope you enjoyed your little "taste of the South" 's weather, lol.

We get shit like that YEARLY.

Call the power co., and tell them to hurry the fuck up !

Only 2 episodes of True Blood left !

The Accidental Somebody said...

Oh man I would be PISSED too! Just when you think you're in the clear from the hurricane, mother nature turns around and takes a giant shit all over you.

Hang in there...I can't imagine how much it sucks!

Anonymous said...

Oh sh*t!

I hope it gets sorted out... (Bloody neighbours sitting in their house all cosy watching their tv and indulging in electricity!)

2abes said...

still out day 5

latindog said...

When you said you wanted to put a tree trunk through your neighbor's window, were you making a veiled reference to your penis?

Jill said...

Oh that is just like when we had hurricane Ike here - next door neighbors and even apartments within the same complex, some would have power and some not. And really, I still don't think Houston has truly recovered this many years later. When you see it happen to some other city on tv, it feels like it's all done when the news coverage stops. But the effects just linger and linger.