Kats (wildrider) wrote,

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What did people DO before the Intranets?

Thursday night the biggest storm many people could remember at all (because I know so many people in their early 20's all of a sudden) struck the Valley, including what the radio called "hurricane force" winds (100-mile an hour in some parts of Phoenix, Tempe, and Mesa, as well as Chandler, I believe) and more rain than I think we've gotten in the previous ten years. Our power went out at about 9:30 Thursday night... and they got it restored, we think, about four or five hours ago (we spent last night at Barb's mom's house). Thursday night was hot and horrible, although it rained on and off well past 1:00 a.m. I couldn't sleep because I kept expecting the power to come back on and of course it didn't - it was even more distracting because every house/building we could see out the front of the house had lights (usually when we're out, so are the apartments across the street).

So come morning, I was first woken up by the sound of Cuervo crying -- outside. How...? I know he was inside when we went to bed. Oh, right - around midnight Barb went out to see if maybe we'd flipped a circuit, since we couldn't see how far the lack of lights went; that didn't work, but obviously Cuervo had gotten out there. I let him in. He was all fluffy from rainwater. Silly cat. Then I got dressed and went outside to see what was up.

Turned out our neighbor's dead tree had fallen over and taken out the wires to his house, ours, and about three or four houses on down our side of the street. Said neighbor was most apologetic and admitted he'd even been talking to a guy about cutting down the tree before this happened - and we all understand the Power of Procrastination. Ah, well. Considering parts of the Valley had power lines down on major streets (7th Street and 16th Street were both closed most of the day on Friday), we understood we weren't high priority - and SRP wouldn't come out until the tree was cut down, anyway. They took care of that on Friday, but by 7:00 last night we still didn't have power, so we went to Barb's mom's for the night. The next neighbor over has a generator so our frozen stuff (meat, mostly) is in our neighbor's freezer, which they hooked up to an extension cord.

It was an amazing storm.

Friday morning on my way to work, I saw things like GIANT old eucalyptus trees laying uprooted on parking lots (and cars), roofing material all over yards, parking lots full of water - just like a monsoon from the 80's. (In honor of this, I'm watching 80 Hours of the 80's on VH1 Classic. Ah, good times.) Watching the news last night at Mom's we saw it was like that pretty well everywhere - this storm took out some really old, big trees (not just the dead one in our neighbor's yard) - a gigantic one up on 40th Street and Shea helped pull down some wires,and power poles snapped like matchsticks. It really has been years since we've seen a storm like that. This has been a real monsoon season. Really hot and sticky. Ah, air conditioning.

I am so very tired now. Mom's couch is comfy, but not so much for sleeping on. (On top of the not-much-sleep Thursday.)

80's hair really WAS that scary. My goodness, Annie Lennox is hot in a catsuit. This must be a whole Eurythmics block.

Have to do some shopping today. Since the chicken was thawing, anyway, I've got that sitting in brine to roast later. There's some other things I need to do but at the moment, my brain is moving very slowly...

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