I’d like to take a moment to thank Latte Meezer for the lovely bed that we got for being the 4,000 visitor. Okay, I know Gemini was sort of the 4,000 visitor and technically it’s her bed, but when the camera gets recharged and you see it, you’ll all understand why I have commandeered it! It’s perfect.
We’re cleaning up here from the windstorm. We are fine and so is the immediate neighborhood. We just got power back this morning (Sunday). The storm blew through on Thursday. We lost power about 8 PM. Believe me–I was glad to have the bed to curl up in in front of our gas fire place!
We were lucky to have the gas fireplace as the temperatures were dipping down below freezing at night. We also had a gas water heater so that anyone who could abide such a thing, could take a hot shower! I’d like to say a few things about gratitude.
I am happy with the neighborhood we are in. The family across the street was making sure everyone had food when she took food out of her refridgerator (that was going bad) and cooked it at her sister’s on a gas grill. Other people were taking hot water around to be sure that everyone had warm water. KOMO 1000 AM, an affiliate of ABC had “neighbor to neighbor” on which meant that from the time of the storm, when started listening about 9 PM and continues today as there were still just under 300,000 people without power in King County as of this morning, dj’s were mostly taking calls from people experiencing the storm and in the after math, if people needed someting they could call and request and if someone had something offer they could call and offer. The station was matching them up by general area.
As gasoline was hard to come by (you need power to pump!) people could call up and tell others where a station had power (and later had gas as well).
Over all, I was impressed by how the humans on the ground handled this. While many of us are frustrated with the way Puget Sound Energy handled this (particularly compared to how Seattle Light), everyone had nothing but wonderful things to say to the linemen who are out there working their behnds off. It’s easy to forget these guys, but they are out in all weather and have worked round the clock on 12 to 16 hours shifts to try and get power back. I, personally, am recommending that the Woman offer the lineman she has as a patient a free treatment as soon as he has the time to come back in and take a bit of care of himself.
Finally, this isn’t over for everyone. We have friends who live farther east and patients who come to our North Bend office who are still without power. Last night, it was still appearing as if they had several more days to go before the power would be back on.