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Exit 75, I'm still alive

(Okay -- technically I'm at Exit 76, but that's how the song goes.)

The area right off Exit 76 is like a war zone. You used to take a left and stop at a traffic light right in front of the new hotel...there's not a traffic light there anymore. I don't mean it's out -- I mean IT'S GONE. You can see the stumps where the signs used to be. There's a trailer set up as a control center for the Sheriff's department -- there must have been 100 cop cars along the street in front and to the side of it. None of the stoplights or streetlights on Medical Center Blvd are working, and The Avenue is completely dark. All I could see were flashing lights and men in reflectored jackets, escorting us along.

Every muscle in my body immediately started to shake. It was the first time today I had really been scared...but I was really scared. Happily, the next major intersection (Thompson Lane) had a working stoplight, and I drove into a land of electricity and life.

A couple of years ago, Mom gave me a timer, so that I never again had to return home to a dark house. I currently have a string of magenta Christmas lights plugged into it. I didn't have power when I left the house this morning -- all I could think as I turned the corner by the Boys & Girls Club was "Please let there be pink lights. Please let there be pink lights." And there were.

My house is in one piece, there are no trees down (hey - maybe my neighbors will now finally get rid of the dead tree on my fence!), and I have electricity.

And, for all of you who were worried about him, Charlie's safe too. I found him in the bathtub with a bicycle helmet on, along with our usual Tornado Warning gear. That's my boy.





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amberdine
Apr. 11th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
Whew!

I was thinking about you all day! Stupid tornadoes.
princessalethea
Apr. 11th, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
I will be so glad when this month's over. I always am.
mariadkins
Apr. 11th, 2009 02:00 am (UTC)
Glad all is well!
micheleis
Apr. 11th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
I am so relieved that you are okay!
saraphina_marie
Apr. 11th, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
OH! GOOD!
I have been worried for you all day!
That's 100% of folks I know and love in the Boro safe and sounds, homes and body, too!

Good lad, Charlie! You could give my girls a lesson in tornado preparedness!
princessalethea
Apr. 11th, 2009 02:41 am (UTC)
**hugs**
stevesaus
Apr. 11th, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
Charlie is adorable in his helmet!
princessalethea
Apr. 11th, 2009 02:41 am (UTC)
Let's just be clear...that's MY awesome green helmet. But I don't mind that he borrowed it.
nick_kaufmann
Apr. 11th, 2009 03:59 am (UTC)
I'm glad everything is all right!
ccfinlay
Apr. 11th, 2009 01:05 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're okay! Scary stuff.
norda
Apr. 11th, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you for checking in.
accordingto_ada
Apr. 11th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
So glad you're okay and your house wasn't damaged.
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therinth
Apr. 13th, 2009 06:05 am (UTC)
Paul saw this over my shoulder and asked if your bear was in zombie preparedness mode.
princessalethea
Apr. 13th, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)
Our Zombie Apocalypse gear does looks very similar; it also includes MREs, knives, rollerskates, and baseball bats. (I never played Cricket.)
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