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Thank God for Generators and Kind Souls

Posted by FretlessinTexas on Saturday, December 20, 2008

A big ice storm hit northeast Indiana where I now live. I moved up here to Fort Wayne a year and a half ago after living most of my life in Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia. Leave it to say, I was not prepared for the tough, tough winters here in the upper Midwest.

So this storm has knocked out power just about everywhere. Luckily, when I bought this house, which sits back in the woods, it came equipped with a natural-gas generator, which is powering the house right now as I type.

Unluckily, a very large tree fell on the house early Friday morning, with a 10-foot limb piercing the roof and the interior ceiling. Sounded like a bomb going off. Essentially, I had a giant spear in my living room. No one was hurt. Workers return today to remove the tree from my house.

Once yesterday, our road was blocked by fallen trees but neighborhood volunteers quickly cleared it with chain saws. Once yesterday, my wife got stuck but strangers came to her rescue. I wouldn't have doubted if one of the good Samaritans was a banjo player.

It's still wild and wooly out there, so I'll be hunkering down in the mancave this weekend with the banjos, probably to the ire of the Missus. She'll have to understand that yard cleanup will have to wait until the ice is off the tree limbs. But I feel blessed and lucky.  Merry Christmas, everyone.


6 comments on “Thank God for Generators and Kind Souls”

mainejohn Says:
Saturday, December 20, 2008 @7:07:50 AM

I can't imagine a tree falling on my house and caving in the roof. We just had a huge ice storm and once again I dodged a bullet. We you at home when it fell?

FretlessinTexas Says:
Saturday, December 20, 2008 @7:25:33 AM

My wife, Tera, and I were in the basement when the big tree fell yesterday. It sounded like a bomb going off above our heads. We went upstairs and found a 10-foot spear protruding into the living room. That was quite the eye opener to say the least.

Workers removed the limb from inside the house yesterday. They return today to remove the tree and then we'll get another group to do the roof and chimney repairs. Quite a bit of major damage, but we are fine and the generator is providing us with heat and electricity. Thanks for your concern.

Joanchek Says:
Saturday, December 20, 2008 @7:40:26 AM

Scary Stuff, Dean.  I'm glad neither of you were hurt, and I hope you're back under new roof very soon!

strokestyle Says:
Saturday, December 20, 2008 @11:44:25 AM

Ice storms are most beautiful, but also the most destructive. Really glad the tree stayed away from the banjo room! And more important no-one hurt.

bsa Says:
Saturday, December 20, 2008 @2:14:07 PM

Living in the Driest State in the driest continent on earth i have no idea what an ice storm is. I get the idea that it is a bit more than a bit of hail. Excuse my ignorance but what happens in an ice storm?


FretlessinTexas Says:
Saturday, December 20, 2008 @6:43:12 PM


What happens is that freezing rain essentially collects on trees, branches and powerlines. It's beautiful to look at but very destructive as the trees cannot take the buildup of weight from the ice. The result is fallen trees and powerlines. It makes for quite a big mess, with entire sections of my city still without electrical power. Oh well. You endure.

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