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No cable, lights or internet, not a single luxury

I'm typin' on my Netbook - as primitive as can be.

I'm currently sitting outside the local Starbucks as they are the only ones to currently have internet and it's too crowded inside. We have no power at home - lost it 8PM Monday, cable went at 4PM. The Hobby Shop will be open tomorrow for the first time this week. Hopefully Neil (my brother) will stay on with Mom so that I can go in.

We got off VERY easy! Yesterday we went out to do errands and there are areas with LOTS of huge trees down, some roads are still blocked.

The gas stove burners raise the temperature in the house to about 70, but Mom's still cold.
We have hot water, so we can get a good hot shower when wanted.

The big concerns right now are 1) Mom's chairlift batteries needing a recharge, 2) The refrigerator, 3) The freezer.

We've had an offer from Kamau for the use of a generator, but he's three hours north and it can't help with heat.

We keep hoping that power will return. It's getting cold enough to store refrigerated stuff outside, which may solve one problem.

That's it for now, gotta conserve batteries.


I am now having a very hard time getting gas to run my generator. Still I am lucky also. Post some pictures. See FA
Glad to hear from you! Hopefully you get power soon.
Food in the freezer will keep 5 days if you don't open it.

Food in the fridge must be the first thing you cook, to use it up before it goes bad.

Both a freezer and a fridge can be made to function without power if you put a block of dry ice into both cavities. Put the dry ice as high up as possible. Not sure if you can get dry ice in a blackout, but if you can locate some, it'll save the food in the fridge (and insulin).

After Ike, we were without power and all comm for 10 days. Some areas were out for 15 days. Of course, entire towns were wiped off the map too. Dealing with natural disasters, you have to thank God you are still alive and just have lowered expectations for life for the next year. Wait until all that water that got under your roads freezes this winter; you don't know potholes yet, but you will.

It'll be a several year recovery to get back to normal. Expect it.

Update on Smrgol

Just got word earlier today that almost 3 days to the minute Smrgol got power back. There is still no Internet, cable or phone. Cell phone is also very spotty but is the only contact he has right now. All in all he is doing well but still far from being back to fully recovered.