Clearly we didn’t learn our lesson from Hurricane Irene. We didn’t bite the bullet and buy that generator last month, didn’t react to news of the latest storm quickly enough.
The freaky fall snowstorm has left 95% of our town without power and water. We expect the outage to last longer than the five days Irene took from us, and this time we’d have to carry water and firewood up the stairs.
The storm dumped several inches of obnoxiously heavy snow on us. Offensively heavy. Maliciously heavy. The limbs of our trees bent to the ground, looking strangely like tunnel entrances. Several couldn’t take the strain and snapped. Many trees in town did the same and now block our roads in 192 places. Things are so bad that the town postponed Halloween. I didn’t know they could do that. Can they do that?
We did learn one thing from Irene: don’t wait around for the power to come back. It takes much longer to restore life as usual after a disruption like this than it does for our patience to unravel. So the first order of business yesterday was planning our escape.
But before we left, we tried to relieve the pressure on the bent but not yet broken tree limbs, especially those resting on our phone and cable wires. Rustling the branches with a pole, we managed to dislodge enough snow to return most of the limbs to their original height. It was like hitting a piñata hung (by a sadist) just out of comfortable reach and getting a face full of snow instead of candy. Still, it was somewhat enjoyable. Once again, I welcomed a socially acceptable opportunity to hit something.
Never mind that most of the snow melted within a few hours. Somehow this task seemed critical at 8am.
Once we beat up helped the trees, we packed a ridiculous amount of stuff and headed to my father’s house, where there is heat, water and wireless internet. Bliss. Why don’t these luxuries make me this happy all the time?
By the way, we ordered a generator. I refuse to be in this situation again. I figure buying one practically guarantees that we will never need it, so to the people in my town I say: you’re welcome.