After a full week without power and on-line connectivity, we're thrilled to have both utilities fully restored.
The storm (Hurricane Sandy) splintered an enormous pine at its base, causing it to fall (with a resounding THUDDDDDD!) across our entire front yard ... fortunately it just missed our house by only a foot in TWO places ... phewwwww! (Unfortunately, it took my neighbor Alan's electrical lines down, ripping his meter right off his house).
We were lucky to have gas so we were able to cook and keep the kitchen warm; the rest of the house: BURRRRRRR. The cold, dark nights were the worst, but thanks to my battery-powered CD player, I did listen to a lot of music to help keep my sanity .
All this started just as I had exported my final mix of my entry for the 2012 Garritan Community Christmas project. Unfortunately, I lost power and connectivity before I could send it to Dan. I had solicited Randy's help earlier that afternoon to take whatever mix I had posted at my Box.net account and try and get it to Dan if I ultimately lost power (which was looking like pretty much of a sure thing!)
Enter my neighbor John: His block (behind us) was the only one of a dozen or so streets in our area with power (and just for a half-block at that!) ... he graciously ran a 150' extension cord up to us so we could run our refrigerator/freezer. The next day, I 'borrowed' the borrowed power just long enough to tweak my final mix, export it and up-load it so Randy and Dan could access it. And not a moment too soon: Our internet went out that evening, not to return until yesterday!
A BIG, BIG thanks to Randy and Dan for going the extra mile for me to help get that final mix delivered. Just another great thing about this forum and it's members ... pretty cool and awesome to get my arrangement from New York to St. Louis via Oregon ... you guys are not only musicians, but friends. Thank you.
Despite the impending Nor'easter (Wed PM), long gasoline lines (took me 45 min to get 10 gals last night ... and that was a good time!), closed roads, fallen trees, we were not injured and our house was not flooded or damaged ... we are truly blessed and most fortunate. I hope all the others on the East coast still coping with the aftermath of Sandy receive the help they need. Our prayers and thoughts are with them. Thanksgiving will resonate just a little stronger this year.
Looking forward to catching-up with the site (prior to Sandy I was in hibernation creating my Christmas arrangement all of October ).