I just got home from dinner and a couple glasses of a wonderful Argentine wine with my friends Mike and Lynda who live in my 'hood. The occasion? Ike finished the job he started in Hispaniola, Houston and Galveston by blowing through here at 60 mph early Sunday evening and leaving around two million Ohioans without power. Damage and destruction were rampant across the county and state with schools and many businesses closed. My street was no exception with huge tree limbs down (one was too close for comfort to Miss Ruby), lines down, and roofs damaged. Predictions were that we might not have power for 5-7 days so Lynda got busy cooking everything in her fridge (she has a gas stove) to take to a friend's freezer and invited Mike and I to eat some of it. I contributed the wine and Mike brought some fabulous pastries. Good friends, good food and good wine makes hard times easier to handle.
Coming home to lights on in the house was a pleasant surprise. I called Lynda who only lives a couple blocks away and asked, "Do you have lights? I do!!!" She laughed and said they came on as I pulled away from the curb. I really didn't notice until I got home and saw my front porch light glowing. I'd spent the day preparing for seven days of darkness by replenishing my supply of candles, batteries, etc. As it is, everything in my fridge is going with the garbage man in the morning. Sigh. Over twenty-four hours without refrigeration is not good.
What did I miss most? My coffee pot and my computer. Starting the day without a cuppa is cruel and unusual punishment in my book and and yeah, I'm addicted to my computer as I think y'all know. :-)
I feel sorry for those who are still in the dark. It isn't fun. I'll be glad when things get back to normal for everyone.
On a humorous note, my neighbors Red and Carol's son, lil' Red and his buddy were wandering down the street and I overheard lil' Red say, "I feel like I'm Amish." I dashed inside and laughed like hell.
Hopefully we'll return to normalcy (or what passes for it) around here soon.
P.S.: Sarah Palin blew into town late this afternoon for a Republican fund raiser at the poshest country club and I'll give y'all the skinny on that tomorrow!!!!!