Wednesday, December 20, 2006


For those of you that don't know, Seattle and its suburbs experienced a massive wind storm last Thursday. Horrible damage, everywhere. Over a half- million people lost power. I was one of them.
Today, at around 6:00 pm, I got my power back. Yes, that is right. I went 6 days with no power. That means no heat, no stove, no light, no blogs, no nada.
I seriously felt like I was living in a war zone, there were times I thought Armageddon was upon us.
Everybody was affected by this. Hotels are full, gas stations are out of gas, stores are completely out of fire logs, batteries, flash lights, etc."Do you have power yet?" is the most popular sentence of the week.
Imagine no Starbucks, no mall, no grocery store, no work. The day after the storm only three places were open to eat in Bellevue. They were Subway, Jack in the Box, and a Thai restaurant. We stood in line at Subway for well over an hour. I felt so sorry for those poor employees working there butts off for minimum wage (or close to it) and having to put up with cranky people. I made sure to thank all of them and threw a 20 in the tip jar. Hell, they deserved it!
I heard that the food story I just told you made the news. The Thai place did over 3000 people (or some number outrageous like that) on that day.
It was extremely eerie to drive through a city..And not see it. This is the first "emergency situation" I have been through, and boy was it a doozie.
I am thankful. Thankful for the hard working people that have been pulling 20 hour shifts day in and day out to rebuild practically the entire power system of Western Washington. I am thankful for the many kind and wonderful people whose positive spirits helped through this ordeal. I am thankful that I am finally warm after a week of freezing temperatures. I am thankful that I get to write this blog. And I am thankful for so much more that I cant think about right now because I am still so overwhelmingly emotional that I have been given back so many things I took for granted before.
I am thankful for my B..He really helped make the whole thing livable. He always made sure there was a fire going...He covered me with extra blankets every night and every morning...He pulled out the itty bitty book light (awesome invention by the way!) and read to me every night..And when nothing else was to be done...He made sure I had a drink in hand =).
It's good to be back.
Now it's time to knit.


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Molly said...

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