Monday, August 29, 2011

Our Friends on the East Coast

A number of followers of Laurie's Wild West live on the east coast, such as in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. Although Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene has passed, I understand many of you are still without power. I hope that losing electricity was the biggest problem you had and that your houses/cars/businesses didn't suffer any damage.

When you all get your lives back to normal, check in with us and let us know how you fared by commenting on this post.

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Walker Martin said...

As a book and magazine collector for many years, my major concern is never about loss of electrical power or the usual concerns that most people talk about.

I guess I'm always worried about major flooding or damage to the roof, either one could ruin a book collection. Fortunately this time the collection managed to survive once again. I was up all night looking for leaks but as usual I also managed to read a book.

Which one? I reread several stories by J.G. Ballard, one of my favorites. Next month will see a major biography about him by John Baxter.

So Good Night Irene!

Barry Traylor said...

We got our power back last night around 8:00 pm. We had lost it Sunday moring at 9:00 am. My main concern was all the rain we received as if we needed our sump pump without electricity the family room would have begun filling up. Not neat as a lot of pulps are stored down here on old magazine display racks, plus we just bought a new sofa this year. Also my new computer desk, etec and etc. My back aches just thinking about it. So I sort of slept with one eye open Sunday night. Forunately we did not need the pump.
I felt like I was living in the dark ages (no pun intended)no tv or internet and if I wanted to read it had to be done before sundown.

Ed Hulse said...

We weathered the storm pretty well up here, and it turns out that my panicky preparations (which included boxing up 37 cases of my most valuable books and pulps, and then sealing them in heavy plastic bags) were unnecessary.

I was particularly worried about roof leaks and the possibility that one or more of the four trees outside my windows could come crashing through and flood my place with some of the eight-plus inches of rain we got in roughly 12 hours. Several trees in the complex WERE uprooted, but none of them near my unit. There's been substantial flooding in nearby towns, which has snarled traffic quite a bit, but otherwise we got off luckier than had originally been predicted.

I didn't lose electricity, but I DID lose my phone, cable and internet access, which I obtain from a single provider in a package deal. Finally got it all back this morning but, to be honest, I didn't miss it nearly as much as I thought I would.

Laurie Powers said...

I'm glad that you all seemed to have weathered the storm and that the pulps were unscathed. I hope that everyone we know had the same outcome.

Me, I worry about fire, a very real threat especially since there is undeveloped land behind me. The other night a friend and I were discussing what I could do to protect my pulp collection, which consists mainly of my grandfather's stories and thus priceless. Short of buying humungous fire-proof cabinets the size of 7 foot-tall bookcases, what's a person to do?