The storm so far

Just so you know, time gets weird when you’re without power – even with a watch.

Left work early, to beat the storm, but you all saw that, right? The evening went as normal. Crashed out at 11-ish. Midnight, things are getting hot & heavy in the bedroom and the power flickers out. Coitus Interuptus while I run downstairs to power off the PC sanely. Things – as well as the power- resumes when I get back to bed less than 5 mins later.

Cash before 1.


Day 2 starts at 2:30, when the first tree falls. Power is out, it’s starting to cool off, and we realize how bad this storm really is. The rest of the night is spent sleeping in fits and starts, trying to stay warm, and listening to the creack-CRACK-swoosh-wump of pine trees snapping like twigs under load.

Around 6:30 or so, I give up and get up. time to close off the living room, hang some sheets to keep heat in, and re-tune that room. The gas logs still work, and one of the UPSes will run the blower for a while. That tunes the living room up to comfortable, and we relocate everyone there at 7:30 or so. The neighbors came over to help clear the driveway of the initial blockage, and we started the business of surviving.

Called my parent’s house hourly, no answers. Can’t find their cel number.

But Ray had other ideas. He became hyper-bored-boy by 11am, and the day drew out longer and longer. One of the neighbors had an extra camp stove we could borrow, so dinner was hot. Moved the futon mattress downstairs, and planned for the first night.

Crash out at 9:30 or 10 or so. Slept fitfully.


By now the smell of the unable to flush because we have no running water toilets is getting to us. The inability to really wash my hands is also starting to take it’s toll. At least we had coffee, thanks to the camp stove.

Went into town around 9:30 or 10 to discover power wasn’t back too much there either. Came home, sent Renee and the boys to her sister’s house, and started cleanup.

I lost my cel phone sometime after this. Dunno where or when. I need to check the yard, the truck and the rest for it.

Spent from about 10:30-12 clearing the initial stuff, trying to free up trees that might endanger the house, etc, etc. Discovered that while good exercise, a bow saw is not the right tool for a lot of these jobs.

Did everything I could – which was a lot – to clean up without a chainsaw, then gave up and went to my ni-law’s house about 5:30. Roads clear, looked like power was getting close to us, but not yet.

Long and short of the rest of the night involves their kids, our kids, and the general insanity but fun of being there. Crashed after my first shower since Wednesday morning. Probably the best show I’ve had in a long time. Discovered I’m starting to like Mike, despite myself *grin*

Still no word on my parents. Starting to get scared.


Human today, but we’re all grumpy at Aunt Michelle’s house. Day started at 5:30 or so when I just couldn’t sleep any more. Note to self – if we have to do that again, use other couch.

Finally talked to mom – they’ve been phone-less, powerless, and generally miserable. but they’re alive.

Left at noon, after helping with a grocery run, to check in with my in-laws, for some help. Spent an hour watching Rick try to get the chainsaw running – it needed some love. He went to get a chain, Renee called to tell me our power was back on!

Came home, did a quick cleanup downstairs, then thanked neighbors for the work they did on my yard while we were gone. Unpacked Renee and the boys, started on the cleanup with Rick. From about 2:30 to 5, it was all chainsaw and hauling crap from point A to B. Finished that, settled in for rest and recovery. Got Systems back up around 6, so life will be getting back to normal-ish soon.

Home. warm, and tired now. Original Estimate on down trees : 20. Current estimate : 40 to 48. pictures when we have them organized. other details as they come to mind.

About Kevin Sonney

Kevin Sonney - who, contrary to popular opinion was NOT raised by wolves - grew up in central North Carolina. He fell into the technology field by accident in 1991, when he gave up the wild and crazy lifestyle of an on-air AM radio DJ to become a mundane technical support monkey. The technology industry has never really recovered from this. Kevin has worked for such names as IBM, Red Hat, webslingerZ, and Lulu Technologies (we won't mention the ones that didn't survive the experience). He currently works as a Linux Administrator for Apptio. In his spare time he rescues stray animals and plays video games with his two sons. His wife, we're sad to say, helps him get past the really hard bits. Kevin is still not very mundane, he just got better at hiding it.
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