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Old 12-10-2007   #1
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Default Just got slamed by old man winter!

Big ice storm hit here yesterday (Sunday) & it's still coming down tonight (1 inch plus on everything)!
I was at work when it hit & we were busy all day, dozens of downed power lines, car wrecks & 4 booming house fires most likely started by power lines.
Needless to say it was a busy 24 hour shift.

On the home front no electricity & major damage to all my trees.
Fortunately I keep them trimmed away from all my structures so the only property damage I have is a section of fence my neighbors tree fell on.

I'm kinda out in the country but it's strange to walk outside & see absolutely no lights as far as I could see.
My house is an island in a sea of darkness, I guess I'm the only one with a generator.
So it's not all bad, I have Sat TV & internet & a couple of heaters hooked up, it could be a lot worse.

I'm really not looking forward to going back to work Wen. but someone has to clean up this mess!!

I'll put up a couple of pics of the carnage tomorrow, I didn't have time to take any today, I was too busy clearing limbs out of my driveway.
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Default Re: Just got slamed by old man winter!

I got off better than most, there will be a big bon fire later in my back yard after the clean up!





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wOW, I hope you have some help in the cleanup. We are expecting a Noreaster here on Saturday evening thru to Sunday afternoon. Seems like a snow, ice, sleet, rain mix. I guess we`ll know more tomorrow.
Be careful out there.
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Well, this week has been a nightmare!!
I've been a Firefighter for over 26 years & this was the worst week I've ever had!

Here's a few facts,
The Ice storm started last Sunday (12-9-07), at one point 265,000 of the aprox 300,000 homes in Tulsa were without power.
In a "normal" year Tulsa averages 700 structure fires a year, we have had over 220 this week!
15 deaths attributed to the ice storm, 5 in house fires.

We work 24 hours on & 48 hours off.
So I worked Sunday, Wednesday & Saturday this week.
My crew & I made 23 house fires & dozens of carbon monoxide detectors going off, more downed power lines than I can count & many car wrecks.
When we weren't on a run we were cutting limbs & dragging brush out of the streets so we could get the fire trucks into the neighborhoods.
Many times we would just clear one scene & get assigned to another, we only spent a couple of hours in the station in 3-24 hour shifts.
I haven't even had time to clear the downed limbs out of my own yard but I did get my parents trees all cut up & helped a couple of neighbors who couldn't even get out of their yards.

I don't have to go back to work until Friday & I hope things are close to normal by then.
Until then I will finally get my yard cleared & I received my copy of Gran Turismo 5 Prologue from Japan & I hope to spend a lot of time playing video games & watching Blu-Ray movies.
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I don't have to go back to work until Friday & I hope things are close to normal by then.
Until then I will finally get my yard cleared & I received my copy of Gran Turismo 5 Prologue from Japan & I hope to spend a lot of time playing video games & watching Blu-Ray movies.
Sounds like you've earned it Moose! Glad you are OK, I trained in St Louis and hated those damn ice storms!
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Old 12-18-2007   #6
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Yeah, I definitely agree TheMoose. You certainly deserve some down time with your new game. But, it sounds like you need some rest as well. All work and no play makes..............well you know the rest. With all that physical work, you must be in great shape. Be safe.

BTW, why did you need to get the game from Japan?
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