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Patria and Gerrit    Posted 09-26-2004 at 15:06:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
5 minutes ago PREPA ( Puerto Rican Eletrical Power Authority ) decided that it was time to switch our power back on. Jeanne was only a tropical storm and we have been without power and water for 12 days..

Anyway, we're back - Nice to see you all!

Patria and Gerrit


RickyB    Posted 09-26-2004 at 19:51:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
glad yall made it through and are back


Patria    Posted 09-27-2004 at 06:01:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Ricky..how you doing?
Last night when I was writing the reply to Dieselrider, I believe, the power went off again.
This morning, when I came back home from taking my daughter to school, found that the power was on again. Lets hope it's on for good..
Take Care:-)


~Lenore    Posted 09-27-2004 at 09:17:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
When Gerritt posted that you lived in a cement house,
I knew you would be ok that way.
I knew chances were power would be out but it is time now for it to stay on!!
It is good to hear from you two and know you are well.

Y'all are living in Clod's dream house.
He says someday when he wins the lottery,
he will build himself a cement house because they are perfect!


Patria    Posted 09-27-2004 at 10:07:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Lenore..nice to see you!
Clod's dream house?
We are living in my dad's home [he's living in his new home with his new bride] while we build ours, close to where we're living now.
And my my...he's really proud of his house, built twelve years ago. It's huge, too big for us..so the one we are building for us is smaller but still very comfy. You can see the pictures of the construction on a post Gerrit made for Fern. It's taking some time to be finished..you know..whenever there is some money? we work on a new phase.
Thanks for the warm welcome, you were missed too!


Dieselrider    Posted 09-26-2004 at 17:08:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Glad to see you back. How long till your paradise is that again?


Patria    Posted 09-26-2004 at 17:39:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Diselrider..hm don't know, the hit on the landscape wasn't too bad, we took up to 70mph winds, some say higher at some parts of the island. On this crazy season I believe we have been blessed.
It's funny, but today a reporter from the main newspaper on the island came to our village to interview us about our powerless situation. We wanted to know why, if all the lines that serves us were in good condition we still did not have energy.
sorry..energy went off again!!
see you!!



Red Dave    Posted 09-26-2004 at 17:00:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Glad that you both came through it safe and sound. And in surprisingly good humor too!
Welcome back.


Patria    Posted 09-26-2004 at 17:21:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Red Dave!
Just as I was reading the "surprisingly good humor too!" part from your post?:-) the lights were flashing on and off..blinking?



tacon1    Posted 09-26-2004 at 16:01:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Glad you two made it OK. I have been reading on the Carib. hurricane sites and by the reports and photos posted things are pretty bad in a lot of places. BTW I'm familiar with power outages...not one of my favorite things.


Patria    Posted 09-26-2004 at 17:03:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi tacon1..
Thanks for the welcome, whereabouts are you?
We got the power on and came right here to say hi first. I keep the Carib website in my favorites to check it out often during the hurricane season.


Gerrit    Posted 09-26-2004 at 16:49:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks tacon!

We're now checking the hurricane sites again. It is depressing to only be able to get info from the newspapers and it's also amazing how little info the offer!

Where are you located? And power outages, do you have many of them?

Gerrit


tacon1    Posted 09-26-2004 at 17:12:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
We're in the mountians of northern California. We have had our share of power outages, every winter. We are just below the really heavy snowfall, but there are more than enough trees/branches that fall on power lines around here. Never had to go 12 days though. Our longest was six and a half days off with a return of 2 hours and then off for almost 3 days.
we do have a wood burning stove so we can keep heat in the house, but without power we also lose water since we're on a well. We invested in a generator so hopefully it won't be so bad now.


Donna from Mo    Posted 09-26-2004 at 16:00:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wow, it's great to see you two back! I'm glad you survived the awful storms.


Patria    Posted 09-26-2004 at 16:55:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Donna..great to see you girla..:-)
As bad as it seems it wasn't as awful as a hurricane, just bad enough to paralize the island.:-)
For George hurricane we were 'powerless' for two months!


Alias    Posted 09-26-2004 at 15:44:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
You're asking a lot. My wife tells me I can't remember anything. As well as I can remember, you're the two wonderful people from Puerto Rica.
Glad you made it through the storm unharmed. I don't know how you made it for 12 days though...........gfp


Patria    Posted 09-26-2004 at 16:51:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Alias!
We did just fine! But for the next two days after the storm I wanted to know how the people on Ivan path in the states by the Gulf were doing, but in our local papers were only [of course] articles about our storm. I had a small radio on all the time but they were not saying much about Ivan either. Finally, by friday i think, the newspapers were filled with pictures and articles about Ivan hurricane. The lack of communication is a bugger. I hate it. The cell phones were not working either, and you want to know if your family and friends are ok.
The floodings and mud slides are really bad here too, and people ended up with no home, they lost everything.


Gerrit    Posted 09-26-2004 at 15:49:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Your wife is wrong....LOL

How we made it? One gets creative..:-) 12 days is not too bad though.. The frustrating part is when you read in the news paper the ever increasing % of houses where the power has been restored ( this morning the paper said 99.6 % )and still no power in your house.. Somehow we live too in the middle of nowhere I guess..


ron,ar    Posted 09-26-2004 at 15:41:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
and a welcome sight you are too! I am sure you have lots to tell about those days without power. Good to hear from you.


Patria    Posted 09-26-2004 at 16:18:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Ron..how you doing?!
hm.. I can tell you about my recycling the used water from the dishes to flush the toilets.
All in all..we did pretty good. Our bedroom is nice and fresh at night, and we would knock ourselves to sleep reading..one book after the other. And we have been working on the yard too.


George in TX    Posted 09-26-2004 at 15:37:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Naw, don't remember y'all at all. LOL

It's sure good to hear from you and to know that you're OK. Actually Ron told us he'd talked to you on the phone and found that you were OK. That was very good news.

Get some much needed rest and keep us posted on how you're doing. People do care about you ya know.


Hey George..    Posted 09-26-2004 at 15:58:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good to see you again!
You're right on that needed rest, I feel kind of emotionally drained..maybe the 'blessed' Pepsi we are having will either cheer me up or put me to sleep right on top of the keyboard.
Patria


George in TX    Posted 09-26-2004 at 16:07:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Patria if you want to fall asleep on the keyboard you go right ahead. I figure you're earned the rest.

Just a word of advice from one who's been there. Throw a pillow on the keyboard first. Those key prints in your face can be pretty unsightly. hehehehe


Gerrit    Posted 09-26-2004 at 15:44:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey George,

Thanks for caring - it really feels good to know that people have been thinking of us - we missed you all!

Before we are going to enjoy the first night of good sleep with the airco on, after a real (!)shower, we're going to stay around here for a while though!

Gotto check my emails also - over 200 downloaded and counting ( maybe one from a certain ISP in Texas?? )

take care, Gerrit


George in TX    Posted 09-26-2004 at 16:01:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just glad you're all alright after the damage. I've never experienced that and hope I never have to. Those poor folks in Florida are getting it again!

I'm sure you won't hear from that certain ISP in Texas - I never did get a response via email from them. They just don't care about their customers. Anyway the site is down. The owner had the ISP delete everything as a lot of it was old info and she didn't want that. I never could get it through her head that she didn't need to change her ISP to get her site hosted elsewhere for about $5 per month on an ad-free server somewhere. Oh well.


Gerrit    Posted 09-26-2004 at 16:24:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah, the people in Florida are really in bad luck, this season.

Too bad your customer doesn't want to switch to another hosting company...What you could do is just put her site on a free account and show it o her?


deadcarp - yup,welcome    Posted 09-26-2004 at 15:20:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
and many thanks for remembering me - you guys have strange stamps. well what was it - that pesky chupacabra again? :)


LOL!!    Posted 09-26-2004 at 15:33:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey DC!!
Great to see you pal!
When did you went back home from the hospital?
Patria


deadcarp-not home yet    Posted 09-26-2004 at 18:49:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
they promised i'd walk outa here and we're trying. no exact date yet but maybe 3 weeks.


Patria    Posted 09-27-2004 at 06:36:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's great that you are able to use the computers in the hospital. Please say hi to Suzn from me.


Gerrit    Posted 09-26-2004 at 15:33:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good to see YOU're back, DC!
How you're doing?

Don't know about the stamp - Patria is the one to blame...


Welcome, welcome, welcome    Posted 09-26-2004 at 15:12:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tell us all about your storm.
Glad you made it through. We have worried.
Chas, keeping the family intact, up here in Maine.


Gerrit    Posted 09-26-2004 at 15:40:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Chas,

Well, the Jeanne was "just" a storm when it passed here. Nevertheless it did a lot of damage and some people died here because of the storm.

For us the storm itself was'nt really bad. We didn't even had hurricane shutters on the windows and no damage at our house at all. Around here some trees fell, damaging power and phone lines but that was about it.
In other parts of the island there were some serious floodings and lots of people suffered substantial damage to their homes.

The aftermath is worse though. We've been without power and water for 12 days ( actually we still don't have water, but now I can use my backup system with 1500 gallons because that system only works with electricity.. )
Next year I'm going to buy a generator so we'll be better prepared for the 2005 season..


Patria    Posted 09-26-2004 at 15:40:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Chas..about keeping the family intact..we sent our daughter with my dad, he got
the energy back last week. Her bedroom is really warm at night and she wasn't sleeping good..then having to wake up tired to go and spend her day at school wasn't doing it for her.
Thanks for the 'warm' welcome...heheh


Ron/PA    Posted 09-26-2004 at 15:11:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well it's about time, I was tempted to track you down, but I thought you might not need a Pain in the butt buggin you.
Glad to hear you are both doing fine, best to you and all of the family. May the season finally be over for you.
Ron & Donna


Patria    Posted 09-26-2004 at 15:31:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
you know Ron? I had been hanging on real good...you know? no water and no electricity since the day of the storm, so you need to let your creativity flowwwww:-) to come up with solutions for everything to be able run your household effectively...but today I was starting to feel down, anxious, and really pissed off when wooofff! the power went on!
Thank God we didn't have it as bad as many people on the island.
I thank you also for your call, it was awesome talking to you, Ron.


Gerrit    Posted 09-26-2004 at 15:28:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ron, you can alwayls call us and are for sure no pain in the butt!! We really appreciated you r call!

We're doing a lot better now the power came back on. Sleeping was difficult - it's still kinda hot here and without airco and ventilator it's difficult to fall asleep. We will sleep soooo good tonite!
Furthermore we had a hard time finding ice to keep some food cool. There we reports of people fighting at places where ice was sold. I went beack to work on monday and most of my customers are in the cty, where the power was restored in most places so I could buy ice there and take it home.
We managed with our water supply though. The tanks on the roof were full ( like 500 gallons ) when Jeanne hit and we also managed to collect some rain water for flushing the toilets.
For the rest we are doing just great.
Our daughter went to stay with her grandpa, who had the power back after 2 days so we had a nice sort of camping vacation in our own house :-)

But you bet we're happy things are back to normal now.
Say hi to Donna and take care.

Gerrit



toolman    Posted 09-26-2004 at 15:25:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
nice to see you both are ok and BACK.


Patria    Posted 09-26-2004 at 15:49:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey toolman.. good to see you!
We are more than ok! And Gerrit proved to be the best storm partner I ever had..:-)



Gerrit    Posted 09-26-2004 at 15:30:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey toolman,

Yeap, we're back - no time to eat dinner, first we have to catch up here..
later, Gerrit


Clod    Posted 09-26-2004 at 15:40:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Im happy you two only lost power.It is best news to hear you survived,..


Patria    Posted 09-26-2004 at 16:08:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Clod!
You're right about that..so many lives lost to hurricanes during this season..and for Florida is not over yet..
Gotta read the rest of the pages of posts but it will take some time..wanna know how is going for our Florida delegates on the forum.
And also about Ivan and it's turn back to the Gulf.


Gerrit    Posted 09-26-2004 at 15:53:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Right Clod! We've been lucky. Lots of people, especially in Grenada, Haiti and Florida had more problems than we had...


Clod    Posted 09-26-2004 at 17:19:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well..Like Mr Burr said.I live in a toolshed. This will be the last thing to collapse.It is made of steel and designed to withstand hurricanes out in the Gulf. Actually.It is insured for 25 grand.I dont think it is so shabby myself.


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