She was like most others, a little sexy, a little crazy and a whole lot of unpredictable. Irene could have been a real big mess for us. We were lucky, no trees fell on our house, no massive floods (though we live on high ground) and only the inconvenience of a power outage. And let me tell you it is an inconvenience at worst.

Yes, it kind of sucks to not have power, but with the advent of 3G (though AT&T seems to be having some serious issues with mobile backhaul in my area) and devices that hold a charge for several days, I’m really not nearly as cut off as I was in the past.

There have been three saviors in my world — gas appliances, ice, and my trusty coleman lantern. We had pancakes for breakfast. We had coffee when we needed it. We have cold drinks and haven’t lost any food (yet). And here I am at 10:00 PM and I’ve got light.

Yes, it’s kind of a pain in the ass. But at least Irene was followed by some cool weather and a nice high pressure system. So the fact that I don’t have the AC on is only a problem in that I’m listening to my neighbors generators.

Other than that, it could be a lot worse.

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