Really Unplugged

Well, this past Unplugged Sunday has really taken hold. About 3-4 PM, hurricane Ike rolled into central Ohio bringing hurricane force 75-80 MPH winds that just tore things up. We were without power for about 18 hours and as of this morning still have no internet (I'm typing this on my lunch break at work.) Nothing like what Texas experienced, but the worst hurricane I've experienced in Ohio. Thankfuly, the wind came alone, no rain to add insult to injury.

There are still over 150,000 without power here in the Columbus area and it all won't be back to normal until next week some time. My neighborhood of relatively young trees (12-15 years) still saw many go down, some roofs & gutters were lost as well. We fared just fine, in fact because our patio was on the leeward side of the house, Emily and I spent a little while outside watching the wind. The kids enjoyed two beautiful fall days off school. The Columbus City Schools (not our district) has taken 4 days off this week due to power issues. The state only allows 5 'calamity' days per year, and we haven't seen any snow yet.

Depending on when things come back on at home, I may be silent for a little while longer. Not that anyone likely noticed ...

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Sorry to hear the news.. hope things get back to normal soon.

I know what it's like to not have power. I didn't mind too much at all but then I lived in the country for several years, we lost power a lot.

We were to get some of those winds in Oklahoma but they moved to Ohio I suppose.

I noted you not being about. :-}

Cincinnati had 90% of its 800,000 customers off at the peak of the storm. There are less than 200,000 customers without power now in the metro area. Mine just came on mid-morning. :-)

It was wild driving through it Sunday afternoon. Tree branches were down all over the road and some big ones broke off in my neighborhood and church building's parking lot! I got gas Monday night and only had to wait a few minutes to get a pump. A family from church invited me over to help eat some of their food before they had to throw it out. (There are some significant advantages to being single!) It was a hassle carrying my rechargable equipment to work every day, including my laptop. But I'm glad it's over and I didn't have any significant damage to my house or property. :-)

The internet's back on! Good golly, look at all those emails. To quote Douglas Adams (from memory): "We now have achieved normal. Anything else that you can't deal with is therefore your own problem."

Wow, 90% in Cinci? Sounds like you may have had it worse down there. I'm not sure what the initial total in Columbus was. I heard 3 million state wide at one point, but I'm not sure if that's true or not. Friends from the Springfield area are still dark and likely will be until the weekend. They're on 5 acres with a well, so no water either because the pump is electric. They're living out of their camper. :-P

Thanks Milly for noticing. :-D

And thanks xray for hanging around. Sometime we'll have to talk about if I knew you back in my Cinci days.

I've lived in Cincinnati since 2001. I was a member of the Cincinnati CoC from 2001-2006 (I joined the ICOC in 1998). I left the organization due to the lack of repentance in light of the 2003 Henry Kriete Letter.

Yeah, I knew that you had left the Cinci COC, but I wasn't sure when you were there. I was long gone when you arrived, my wife and I moved to Detroit when we married in 1993.

I was in the Cinci COC from 1988-1993 (except for 3 months of 1991 when I was in the NYC COC), Detroit from 1993-1996 and here in Columbus since then.

Where were you before Cinci?



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