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Riding out the storm


 Photo and text by Davis Barber --

Funny thing these storms.  Yesterday around 5 I was sitting down to edit a fairly big project I’ve been working on and BOOM, out goes the power. Not the biggest of things to deal with, but an inconvenience for sure. 

After calling Carrie’s folks to make sure they were okay, I starting seeing the street lights come on. Then the neighbors. Then, well, not ours. Soon thereafter our neighbor calls to say there is a power line in his yard and that he thinks it’s ours.  He’s right. Worse, the winds knocked over one of our larger trees and it took out the poser, phone, cable lines and untold birds. 

Fulelrton Fire came out and said not go in the back, SCE said it’s high priority and they’ll be here quickly and not to worry.  Just stay out of the back yard and keep the dogs inside.  To cut to the chase, SCE didn’t make it until 6:30 this morning, only to say they’ll come back with a crew later, maybe today. They did, we were back live by 1:30 in the afternoon.  No real harm done other than a cold night in bed and anxious dogs.

Truth is, we got off lucky. Compared to the folks on the street with nowhere to go, we got it made.  Compared to the folks who died, we have no problems whatsoever.  Better yet, we finally got the boys off-screen for a few hours and even had a nice candlelight dinner at home.  It was really quite nice. 

Let’s hold some good thoughts for and maybe take some dry blankets and clothes to some of the folks out there who need our help. There’s a lot of them. 

One place to help locally is the Coast to Coast Foundation.

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