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    Water woes

    On Saturday, I got an infinitely small taste of what some of those affected by Hurricane Sandy have gone through and, in some cases, are still going through.

    The day started as most any other Saturday, meaning I had a huge to-do list, especially considering the many gifts I'm making for Christmas. I did a little here, a little there, and by about 10:30 that morning, I went out to the garage to do some painting projects I had lined up for the day. I figured I'd get the painting done then clean the cats' litter boxes before taking my shower for the day.

    So I painted away. Around noon, just as I headed into the house  to wash off the black and brown paint covering my hands (and the lubricant I'd sprayed all over them to help with removing the paint from my hands), Jim met me halfway to say water was flowing like a river in the street in front of our house—and there was absolutely no water on tap inside the house.

    Apparently a water main had burst. Jim and I—both of us unshowered—joined the neighbors in the street to hem and haw about the wasted water that could have gone to good use on our drought-stricken trees. Water that would have done a world of good for my paint-and-lubricant-covered hands, too.

    As the wait for utility crews to arrive and repair the broken main was long and uneventful, I headed back inside to do what I could to clean my hands and eliminate what I could from my to-do list. Soon Jim followed and we set to work putting up the majority of our Christmas decorations.

    Time ticked on and by dinner time, still no water. With no way to make dinner without water, Jim ventured out to pick up Taco Bell. We used wet wipes to wash our hands before touching our tacos, but at least the repair crews had arrived and were hard at work. Even as daylight was gone, they toiled away.

    Time continued ticking on...and on...and on.

    And the utility crews continued working...and working...and working.

    By 9 p.m., the big guns had arrived. Big trucks with big equipment, including big lights. They dug big holes and carried big pipes.

    All the while, I sat on my big butt in front of my big window with my big camera in hand, documenting their work late into Saturday night.


    Soon after midnight, the clean-up crews were scooping up the last of the dirt. The water was on. Hallelujah!

    By 1 a.m. Sunday, everyone was gone.

    Until Sunday afternoon, that is, when a few of the neighbors dropped by to check out the street repairs.

    I think they were impressed. I know I certainly was. Not only with the repair crew, but even more so with the folks affected by Hurricane Sandy now that I'd had an infinitesimal smidgen of a sampling of what they endured for many, many more hours than I did.

    Today's question:

    When did you last endure a utility service outage (water, gas, or electric)?

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    Reader Comments (10)

    I think you made the best of a bad day....Mac and Bubby will love the photos you took! I know my grandsons would have been perched at the window for hours watching the show you captured in great pictures!
    We don't usually have outages here, sometimes brief electrical ones during a storm. They really do goof up your plans for the day!

    December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoyce

    My last major outage was after Hurricane Ike in 2008, when we had no electricity for about a week. What typically happens in my part of the world is that they restore some neighborhoods more quickly than others, so those who have power open up their homes to those who do not. The camaraderie is outstanding; dealing with the damage is not, although my family has yet to suffer major damage in a hurricane -- just trees and sheds and fences.

    December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Adcox

    Knock on wood -- it has been a really long time since we suffered from any major outage -- internet and cable access gone for 2 days -- does that count?! I got a LOT of housework done those 2 days! No TV and No Computer equals lots of housework time! Glad things are back to normal for you -- bet it was a wonderful shower when you finally got to have it! and I love your neighbors!

    December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    What a stressful day you had but you sure got some good pictures of big equipment.

    I've had only a few short periods of outage in the past few years; living in the mountains leaves one subject to such things (phone, computer, electricity, etc) but, years in Minnesota and North Carolina brought such storms as tornadoes and hurricanes, effects of which would be too much to write about here...and are best left forgotten.

    Glad you finally got water and took a picture of neighbors who were not operating giant machinery. The deer are beautiful.

    December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    Stressful time! Excellent photos! That must have been quite a show. Big machinery is amazing to me. I haven't had any outages unless you count a short cable outage a few weeks ago. Things are pretty quiet around here. Hope you got your projects finished and are on your way to a wonderful holiday!

    December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTerri Sonoda

    Huge sympathy from here, the land where the power goes out regularly. These little thing, like water, never seem like such a big deal, until they are not there. The worst is when it happens and you haven't had a shower yet! What are you painting?

    December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrown and Flown

    Sorry to say about six weeks ago we lost electricity because a truck with too high of a load ripped the lines down pulling the boxes right off the house - second time in less than a year. Get's expensive and certainly makes you appreciate all the utilities when they work. I did find it interesting as I was reading your post, that you had an ad for faucets on the sidebar. Made me smile at the irony.

    December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

    Your yard looks beautiful. It is a shame none of the water could get to your trees.

    It has been years since our power went out, and I've never lost water or gas.

    December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGinger Kay

    Wow Lisa - not a fun weekend. Glad everything is ok, and back to "normal". Our last adventure with the power out was Christmas day of 2011! Right in the middle of our family gathering, and the present opening. The funniest part was everyone lighting up the room with the flashlight apps on their cell phones. A good family memory. That was one for the history books!

    December 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRenee Spindle

    Wow I can't remember the last time we had power out other than kids playing a prank

    December 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersheri
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