We Interrupt This Program

The earthquake was amusing but did not do any damage. It was fun to swap stories with friends. None of us, thank our lucky stars, suffered any ill effect. Hurricane Irene decided to remedy that. The good news is that all of my preventative measures worked. The bad news is that we lost power and the sump pump failed and the basement flooded. Yes, it was a carpeted “finished” basement. We didn’t lose any of the electrical appliances: washer, dryer, refrigerator, treadmill, rowing machine. The dryer seems to work, but I don’t think there is any heat. I think that is a matter of getting the pilot light relit. Or something. The carpet is a total loss. I’m tossing the couches as well. I think the bookcases and desk will be okay once they dry. I’m not as sure about one of the cabinets. All told, that’s not so bad. There are still people without power, which often means no water if they have well water. Now that the carpet is out of the house, I’m hopeful the stench will clear. I tried to get a cleanup company to handle the job but for some reason, they’ve still not called back. It’s been 2 days (yes, I called each day and will call again today.) I wonder what could be keeping them? 🙂 I still hope to get them to come and do a major cleanup and disinfect the place before I try to put things back. I can’t clean/disinfect under the big appliances. In the meantime I will spray some bleach and mop the areas where we walk.

All in all, it wasn’t that terrible. Yes, I’m exhausted and aching. On Monday and Tuesday when the last of the adrenaline rush had faded, I was somewhat dispirited and emo. I think I have an ulcer again. I seem to recognize that familiar pain in the gut and back. It’s still hard waking up and realizing that the mess is still there and there is still more I have to do.

On the other hand, it could have been much, much worse. I could live in Burlington County, NJ. In the space of 5 days we had an earthquake and a hurricane. But Burlington – that wasn’t good enough for them. The hurricane spawned a tornado. Can you imagine? After a summer of killer heat, to have an earthquake, hurricane and tornado within 5 days. I’m feeling fortunate.

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There's not much to say about me. I discovered SecondLife by accident, wandered in, and decided I wanted to stay. This blog was a chronicle of my adventures and misadventures in SL. It also includes stray thoughts that occur to me as a result of my time in SL. Both I and my avatar are female. We both love water and the beach and gardening and parties and hanging out with friends. Updating this after quite some time. I haven't appeared in SL in many many months (probably over a year by now) but SL has remained in my thoughts. I do miss my SL, but at least I still have contact with some of my friends from there. In the meantime.... this blog has evolved to be about my RL adventures. :) Nowhere near as risque as my SL but I do keep busy. I still like all the things listed above. I didn't have any cats in SL (only ducks and a panda) so my cats feel that they should play starring roles in my posts. :) I didn't do much eating IN SL although certainly food and drink accompanied me in RL while I roamed inworld. Cooking and baking have become more fun and interesting once I redid my kitchen. That renovation took longer and cost more than if I'd done it virtually, but I'm thrilled to have a tangible new kitchen! I hope you like food and drink as well! Thanks for reading!

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