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Thank God for Generators and Kind Souls

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.



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Gender: Male
Age: 65

My Instruments:
Bart Reiter, No. 240, made in 1987; fretless; fretless Ramsey minstrel banjo; Burns No. 8, a handcrafted banjo by Jason Burns of Birmingham, Ala., with a 12-inch pot and Dobson tone ring; Chuck Lee semi-fretless with 11 in. pot.

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Fred Cockerham, Kyle Creed, Tommy Jarrell, Uncle Dave Macon, Art Stamper, Benton Flippen, Charlie Poole, Owen "Snake" Chapman, Clyde Davenport, Bruce Greene, Rafe Stefanini, Gid Tanner, Brad Leftwich, Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, John Salyer, Bob Townsend, Freight Hoppers and that feller with the hat -- Joe Newberry.

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I've spent most of my life in Tennesee, Georgia and Alabama. Moved to Texas in 2010 in search of greener pastures. Found them.

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