Saturday, September 13, 2008

After the hurricane, then what?

We’re home safe and sound. I’ll tell you more about that Monday.

Today I want to wish everyone in Ike’s path, safety and patience. Many of those folks are living in a new and horrible situation.

When you live in an area blasted by a hurricane, there are so many problems you never hear about on tv. There are the problems of getting the repairs you need. Everyone is looking for help for the same or similar repairs. Usually the phones are out for some time, so calling repair places can’t be done. When you can finally call, the companies’ voice mail boxes are full. You call and call and become more frustrated with each call.

Meanwhile, the people who own and run those local repair companies, have their own problems and damages to deal with at their own homes and or offices. They too are calling for repairs of the kind they themselves cannot do.

Yes, coming through a hurricane alive and uninjured is the most important thing, but then comes a time of frustration, depression and despair. Life goes on, but it doesn’t happen without a whole lot of diligence, determination and patience.


Blogger Randal Graves said...

Hope you got a chance to do absolutely zippo.

As for the hurricane thing, unless you've been through it, you can't imagine. I've had high winds rip some shingles off the roof, and that's like getting stung by one bee versus entire swarms of 1970s disaster flick mutant killer bees.

September 13, 2008 11:53 AM  
Blogger Gledwood said...

Glad you're OK!

September 13, 2008 12:43 PM  
Blogger Matty Boy said...

I lived in Miami during Hurricane David in 1979, which was a killer when it was in the Caribbean but relatively tame when it hit Florida. These storms that cross the Gulf of Mexico these days are really big and scary on the satellite picture, and the damage in Galveston and Houston sounds serious.

My best wishes to everyone in the path.

September 13, 2008 1:30 PM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

I experienced one hurricane when I was growing up in NJ. I remember it well. The winds were ferocious. The only other time I heard winds like that was in Boulder Colorado when the Chinooks came in off the Rockies at 140 mph. Sounded like a train ripping through the house. It's hard to convey the energy of a storm. You've got to live through it to really have a sense of it. Like an earthquake. Nothing quite like it.

The aftermath of disasters is truly a nightmare in itself. After the 7.1 Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, we were without power for days and days. The roads were impassable. The aftershocks were powerful and endless.

September 13, 2008 2:28 PM  
Blogger an average patriot said...

Glad you're home safe! I really wish all affect luck! This is really getting.
There seems to be one natural disaster after the other. They are more prevalent and more violent then there is the rapidly developing man made kind. Oh man!

September 13, 2008 3:26 PM  
Blogger mommanator said...

these storms are real scary, you think of your loved ones encountering them and just have to wonder till they call or email!

September 13, 2008 6:03 PM  
Blogger Sherry said...

glad to see you guys are back ok.

September 14, 2008 7:18 AM  
Blogger Forty Paws said...

Glad you had a nice time on your days away.

We can't imagine going through a hurricane. It seems so unreal to have to pack up and go inland for days and days. More than I would choose to bear. But I'm a mountain person... Anyway, we send our best everyone who suffered losses through Ike.

Luf, Us

September 14, 2008 9:21 AM  
Blogger Mauigirl said...

Glad you're back. I feel so bad for those who were in the path of Ike. It has been a really disastrous decade so far with the hurricanes.

September 14, 2008 8:28 PM  
Blogger two crows said...

hi, PoP--
glad you're home safe and sound.

I had cousins in the path of Gustav and am still waiting to hear from my brother and other family after Ike.

This year has been so volatile. It's hard to believe, as the meteorologists are saying, that it's going to get worse before it gets better.

September 14, 2008 11:57 PM  
Blogger dguzman said...

Having weathered many hurricanes during my upbringing in Raymondville and Harlingen, TX, I can rather flippantly say it wasn't that bad. But then, I was about 20 miles inland in a sturdy brick home with plywood over all the windows. If we'd lived on the beach, we'd never have stayed through the storms.

September 16, 2008 7:49 AM  

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