I made this little graphic to demonstrate my confusion at the recent weather reports for Seattle. Sometimes they’re a little off, but usually not this off!
- Thursday evening: power went out around 10pm while the winds raged outside like nothing I’ve heard before. Looked outside and the entire neighborhood was pitch black, trees bending and shaking wildly…the street lights flickered a couple of times in a sort of “War of the Worlds” way and then went dark for good. Kind of creepy. Oh well, time for bed!
- Friday: Got up for work and the power was still off…it’s interesting trying to shave and get presentable armed only with a flashlight. (But thank the gods for LED flashlights, they’re the perfect thing to have in these cases!) Went to work, came home around 4:00pm and the power was back on. Many thousands in the Puget Sound still don’t have power, so we felt lucky. Immediately began cutting up the ruined carpet and moving it into the backyard in big rolls, then started airing out the room. Made a special trip to the liquor store and picked up about $60 worth of goodies to nip on (not all for this night, mind you). Having zero energy for anything else, we watched DVDs until 1am, then I printed some labels and inserts for the 2006 compilation to give away, and finally we both crashed.
Finally, this shit-eating week from hell (as Critter called it) is over!! Maybe I can actually get around to blogging again….
Wednesday evening: Power was on when we got home from work, heaved a sigh of relief. Talked with the insurance folks and got some advice. Pulled up the carpet padding and threw it away, propped the carpet up with fans underneath for drying. Removed all moisture-sensitive things from the room — books, bedding, etc. and put them in the den.
Thursday: We both took the day off to deal with this crap. Assessor came by to evaluate the damage, pretty much told us the insurance won’t cover it, despite what the policy says about weather and water. Go figure. Called a junk removal service who came out on very short notice to haul away a ton of shit we’ve been meaning to get rid of for months — cleared out a lot of space in the basement. Found some water seeping thru the concrete in the basement, meaning potential big trouble if it gets worse. Went to Lowe’s and picked up more sand and a carpet knife for when we’re ready to get rid of the carpet. Also got some crack sealant for when they get dry, might do some short-term good. It rained all day, and by nightfall the basement bedroom had flooded again. Dammit. The room is a write-off until winter passes and then we’ll try to figure out what to do. Might as well just sell the house, considering the repair costs. Spent a lot of time creeping in Seattle’s fucked-up traffic in the wind and rain today, but we did get some other important stuff done. The den is now my interim office space until we can figure out what to do next. Talk about stress!
My week so far:
- Monday: Got raked over the coals by a former supervisor I (used to) respect. I had turned down an interview for a position working for her, and she put me through the most scathing, emotionally traumatic guilt trip of my life in the span of only 10 minutes. On the phone. (I gotta admit, she’s good.) Even though the salary bump was massive, I feel I made the right decision, and even more so after seeing what kind of person I almost signed up to work for. Christ. Before going to bed, I heard water trickling loudly behind one of the walls in my office in the basement. I noticed the carpet was a bit moist in some areas. Uh-oh. Sometimes that happens after heavy rains, but that trickling didn’t sound good at all.
- Tuesday: Got up and checked out the carpet in the office downstairs. Over half of it was completely soaked and very squishy, and streaked with dirt from water seeping in from somewhere. Probably from the massive hole in the front yard where a giant bush had been dug up a few weeks ago. The closet was even worse, completely saturated. Brought in some towels, laid them out on the floor and stamped around, soaking up water. Wrung them out, threw them into the dryer and got ready for work. Came home, did the towel thing again. Critter came home from work and we both began to freak a little. Went to Home Depot armed with a gift card from my mom, picked up a $70 wet/dry vacuum and 3 bags of sand. Poured the sand into the hole in the yard to stop the water, then came inside and emptied the closet and removed my PC from the office. Sucked on the carpet for an hour, and literally gallons of dirty water came out, leaving the carpet moist but much better. Went to bed exhausted but somewhat relieved. Left the dehumidifier on full blast all night down there.
- Wednesday: Carpet still moist, but no new water had seeped in overnight. Massive winds had been blowing and howling outside since early morning and were still going strong, kind of alarming. Was getting ready to walk out the door when we heard a loud *CRACK* and the lights flickered out. WTF? Ran outside, saw that a big tree across the street had snapped at the trunk and toppled over into a power pole, knocking the power out. (I took this pic less than a minute after the tree broke…geek that I am!) The whole neighborhood was dark, in fact. Holy crap, what’s next? Frogs raining from the sky? (Actually that would have been kinda cool.) Called Seattle Public Utilities, then headed for the bus stop. Waited for a full half hour and nothing came. Traffic was creeping towards the freeway, thanks to the hordes of people who insist on driving alone to work. Around 8:30 we gave up and went back to the house to chill out, expecting the traffic to get better after a while. Around 9:10 we got in the car, and it took us almost half an hour just to drive a few blocks to the freeway. Dealt with crazy drivers making sudden lane-changes with no signal (fuck you very much), passed an accident or two, finally made it to work sometime around 10:00. Meanwhile the power may still be out and our dehumidifier can’t do its job all day. Could be coming home to no power and an even stinkier carpet tonight. Will make for an interesting evening.
- Thursday: ???