So We Had A Storm . . .

. . . and I have no power so I have no internet and it’s going to be awhile.  Worst case scenario, a week.

That smell in the background is French fry grease; I’m at McDonald’s, using their internet which is slow.  Things aren’t too dire except for no heat and light, but I’ve been here before.  It’s the no internat that’s KILLING me.

You’re on your own for awhile, Argh People.  The rumor is that it’s going to be out for a week.

And now the electric people say Monday at 5.  Thank god my diner has WiFi, except this is the road to the diner:

Have a nice time without me.

 

MONDAY UPDATE: Still no power.  Big storm coming on Wednesday.  I am not happy but I am okay.  Carry on, Argh People.

44 thoughts on “So We Had A Storm . . .

  1. Books. Comfort reading. Stay safe and warm: I don’t like the look of that road. Already missing you. Hope they mend it fast.

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  2. Take care and stay off the roads, it snowed in the UK this week and people got trapped on the motorway overnight

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  3. Thank you for checking in and letting us know your status. Yeah, stay off the roads and stay bundled. We’ll wait.

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  4. Oh. I guess this means it is totally absurd to whine because the Parisian type macaroons I was trying to bake did not come out. I have heat, I have no snow or ice. In fact I don’t even have rain for a change. Just flat macaroons.

    What is this? Two bomb cyclones in a season. And I can’t ever remember having them before.

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    1. This is climate change. It’s not a future possibility, we’re living it, as are the folk and animals without enough ice in the Arctic and Antarctic.

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  5. Stay safe and warm! Here in central NY we got 18+ inches of snow with a lot of downed trees and power lines. Most of the people here have had their power restored by now; I hope yours is restored soon.

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  6. Any word from dear Deborah Blake? Good to hear Maine Betty’s okay. Don’t remember many locations of dear Arghers. Can’t stop looking, analyzing, scrutinizing that Road Photo with Downed Trees.

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  7. Oy vey. Warmth and safety wishes to you.

    We are at 22 to 28°C today. It’s just after 6am. There’s a tropical storm off Madagascar that could turn into a cyclone and reach us.

    With it being full moon we’ve already been warned to watch out for abnormally high tides. I’m in suburbia and missed my beach walk yesterday. But hoping that the storm isn’t fierce, but does bring rain. We need the rain.

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    1. I like the new picture of you by the sea. I had you in Johannesburg, by default. (Just as foreigners always imagine every Brit lives in London.)

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      1. Lol. Were I a Brit I would live in a good university town or Avebury so I can cycle to Stonehenge.

        East coast. Warm Indian Ocean currents. Sub-tropical zone (as I learned in geography in grade 8). It’s a 45 minute drive to the beginning of the Valley of Thousand Hills. We are blessed with beauty.

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        1. I’ve never heard of Valley of Thousand Hills. Just Googled it. Now I want to go to there.

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          1. I hope you can visit, one day. Fly in to Durban via Dubai. Get joys of the coast and then travel to the Valley, do the Midlands Meander, and stay in the Drakensberg.

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  8. Ouch. I’m sorry you’re stuck and at the mercy of outside outside incalculabilities.

    Andi’s situation in Maybe This Time doesn’t totally depend on the year the events occurred.

    Hope you reconnect soon. It’s kind of bothering me that so many folks from around the country and Europe and the larger Australian area (is New Zealand part of the Australian continent? Should I have written Australasian?) are experiencing freaky weather. I wish everyone a safe transition towards better conditions.

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    1. New Zealand’s its very own continent. It’s called Zealandia. But you totally get away with calling us part of Australasia, just not Australia.

      And yeah, the world’s weather has certainly turned freaky in the last couple of years.

      Jenny, I hope you manage to stay warm!

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  9. Oy! While beautiful, BRRRR. I really hope staying warm at home doesn’t rely solely on electricity. Stay safe.

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  10. Off Topic (although Jenny did say we should play on our own). What do you think of the Olivia de Havilland lawsuit over unauthorized use of her name and character in the Davis-Crawford movie “Feud”? The New York Times has an article on the situation in this Sunday’s paper. Apparently Fox never contacted her before portraying her in the film and she finds how she was portrayed as offensive. And also damaging to her reputation. My gut reaction is that Fox figured they could get away with it because she probably wouldn’t be around to sue them (she is 101). Or she wouldn’t be aware enough to notice this. Bad call, Fox. She sounds really sharp.

    A second reason I find this interesting is because it seems as though there are a lot of novels now which use a real person as their main protagonist. I can understand why this is done (easy character development, not having to go through messy things like character arcs for yourself). And I can understand the allure of writing in a time period not your own. And even having historical characters who actually existed. But to have someone else’s creation or someone who is well documented historically as the protagonist? Anyway it does not work really well for me.

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    1. Using a real person as a character is one thing; using a LIVING real person as a character is quite another. Fox deserves to lose on this one.

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    2. I think Olivia de Havilland should lose this one. de Havilland is a public figure, first of all, and a decision in her favor would be a slippery slope for writers and filmmakers, who wouldn’t be able to exercise creative control over their material if they had to get approval from their subjects. Think of all the material people wouldn’t work on. Because no matter what you do or how flattering you think your portrayal of someone might be, you can be sure s/he or an heir or an estate will bitch about it. So I think if de Havilland didn’t want to see a film of her and Bette Davis feuding, she shouldn’t have feuded with her. She didn’t speak to her sister for decades, either, so I’m thinking she wasn’t that nice, not that that should have anything to do with it.

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      1. Sorry, it was Crawford and David who feuded in the film, and de Havilland was the voiceover, or something like that.

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      2. She created her public persona. No one in her lifetime should be able to take that persona without consent or payment. On the other hand where would authors of all these kiss and tell books be if they had to get consent of everyone they portray. Although since writers would be expected to be paid for characters they create, why shouldn’t the person who originally created their image. Heck, the guy who comes up with the idea for a film gets paid, the screenwriters get paid. Why do they get to use her name and not pay her? Doesn’t that result in a taking? It will be interesting to see what the courts decide.

        As far as not speaking to her sister, family dynamics are lethal. Look at Megan Merkle and her sister. One of de Havilland’s objections was that she never called her sister “my bitch sister”, she called her “the Dragon Lady”.

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      3. De Haviland hasn’t been in the public eye for 30 years – I think probably since the last big GWTW anniversary.

        They thought she was old, they thought she wouldn’t have either the brains or the gumption to object and they were wrong.

        I hope she wins.

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  11. So I’m back at McD’s, eating Egg McMuffins and soaking up power for the computer and iPad while catching up on the net. The snow’s all gone, but the damage from the wind is pretty massive; all the schools up here are closed for tomorrow, I’ve heard. Well, no power. If they really do get it back to me by tomorrow at 4, you will hear loud cheering.

    No, I did not drive under the downed tree. I didn’t even go out in that mess; that’s somebody else’s photo. The dogs and I stayed closed to the fireplace. Definitell a three-dog night.

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      1. I’ve talked about it with Mollie. It would be about $6000 bucks (well worth it) but it might be dicey to set up. Definitely will look into it once the book is done.

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        1. Jenny, my husband just ordered an other portable generator for $500 because it runs on gas or propane and it is push button to start.

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        2. Make sure that if you do it, you get the best electrician you can find. A friend from dog sports lost her garage and half her house because the generator caught fire two weeks ago.

          And she says put the smoke detector closer to the generator.

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          1. That’s why I’d go with a professional company and get a permanent generator, not one of the portable ones.
            I’m not doing it any time soon; I have a septic tank and a foundation to deal with first. But definitely getting professional installation.

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  12. While our hundred+ degree summers are not fun, as far as I’m concerned they are worth it if the trade-off is mild winters. I hate snow. Stay warm and safe, everybody.

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  13. No heat and no light? In winter? That’s beyond horrible. Go stay someplace else. A friend’s home. A hotel. Anywhere where they have heat and light. Internet is just a cherry on top. Remember how you dealt with no internet 20 years ago, and you’ll do fine.

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    1. I have three dogs and a fireplace.
      Except we’re supposed to get hit with another snowstorm on Wed. I AM NOT AMUSED.

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  14. I feel your pain. Well, not at the moment because I picked a good time to be in Florida, it seems. But I’ve been without electricity a couple of times a year since I moved to Vermont. The joys of living in the boonies.

    I actually love the boonies and have no desire to live anywhere else except when I can’t flush the toilets. That’s the worse part for me, no electricity = no water. I’ve taken to storing tap water just for the days when the power goes out. I’d love a generator and I actually think it might be a good investment, but those suckers are pricey!

    Stay warm, Jenny!

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  15. Ugh, much of my friend-world is under snow. We’ve got snow again today, Great Britain got hit badly, and of course, the north east in the US got blasted.

    On the plus side, we got one and half snow days before a weekend! Yippee! On the minus side, we needed it. I spent Friday shoveling, napping, and shoveling again.

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    1. And yet in southeast Wisconsin, there is almost no snow. Lake Michigan was a very gorgeous blue yesterday. It was amazing.

      We’re supposed to get snow tonight but the heavier stuff is north of me.

      Jenny and everyone else, stay safe and try to stay warm!

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  16. I’m on the coast of New England (Mass) and we got our power back last night after two days without it. We could see the lights coming back on block after block along the bay. No cable, no internet just used the generator to keep the refrigerator going and power up the phones and kindles. Attached a power strip thingey and had room for kuerig, toaster oven, lamp and a hot plate. Not all at once. It was like camping for geeks. Also a wood stove and closed off rooms. At least it wasn’t zero degrees. Stay safe and stay warm.

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  17. I am really happy to have a little municipal power company. Years ago, it wasn’t great, and power would go off for no obvious reason every few weeks, on dry, sunny, windless days. But they got their act together, and I think because they’re local, they know they’re going to get grief from everyone if they don’t maintain the system (and wires), so they do the maintenance, and as a result, when there’s a storm, we only lose power briefly. Mine was only out for about an hour on Friday. It’s all about the maintenance, I think, so that only the worst-hit spots get taken out, and the rest can weather the storm, and then the crews can focus on just a few spots instead of dozens and dozens.

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  18. I hope you have lots of books available — you’ve said that you prefer to read ebooks.

    I’m thrilled because my paper copy of Wild Ride came yesterday! I don’t read well off a screen, so I know the book is going to be better than when I downloaded and read it.

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