September 18th, 2008

Gustav Pics - cut for length

I took a lot of Gustav Pics.  I wanted to get some of the neighborhood, but it kept raining and I didn't want to get my camera wet.  By the time it stopped raining, I was concerned with way too many other things - like getting by.

I am glad that I lived large portions of my life without electricity while growing up.  Those experices make it easier to cope with situations like this, but all in all, it is still overwhelming.  I am just very greatful that the heat did not get into the 90s.

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I was hiding under the eaves trying to get pictures of the rain and wind.  That didn't show up, but I got 2 nice pictures of the front entry way.

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We had minor damage to the back screen door, the gate, and the gutter.  On the other hand, we had some not so minor tree problems in the backyard: the nice pecan tree fell over, the elm split in half, both of of these going into another pecan tree and a large oak causing broken limbs all around and branches on the power lines.  Thankfully, none fell on the house.

John cuts trees all the time for work, but it was completely different watching him do it.  Our back yard was nothing compared to the messes he's been clearing at work from the hurricane.  The day after the storm, he was out in the wind and rain cutting trees and clearing the schools.  He's still doing it 18 days later. 

I don't feel like I was able to capture the overwhelming nature of all of this.

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