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Interesting Weekend

What a crazy, but ultimately fun, weekend. It all started Thursday night as New Hampshire was hit by a powerful wind storm which prompted Governor Lynch to declare a state of emergency. It was a scary and sleepless one to be sure — no power and every renewed gust had me convinced I’d be ducking trees as they crashed through the roof from any side. I stood at the ready (as much as you can be ready for such a thing) in the doorway to leap in either direction.

Having made it through the night, the damage was clear as more than a quarter million PSNH (Public Service of NH) customers were left without power. The rain of the preceding weeks had left the ground weak and unable to secure the roots of many an old tree. Others simply broke and toppled, onto lines and houses. At some point during the day, my phone joined the power outage. Luckily, I had my new cellphone which I’d procured for the trip to NC. Alas, the hotels and motels were either also without power or full. I roughed it in the car for a while that night, turning on the heat every couple hours, before eventually heading inside where I actually slept well in my old sleeping bag from the scouts. It had seen many a winter camping excursion in its day, including a couple times in an igloo, and while not quite as effective as it used to be, it nevertheless was up to the task of the mild (30-40°F) temperatures.

Saturday night, my good friend Scott and his wife took me in. We’d planned to meet up on Sunday for brunch anyway, so it worked out well though we were all exhausted and called it an early night. The next day, we were in for a lavish treat: one of the twice monthly buffet brunches at Cafe Indigo, the vegan bakery in Concord. The food was amazing, and the chocolate cupcakes were soooo moist! We all walked out of there twenty pounds heavier, $20 lighter. (Next time, I’ll bring the camera). And, I was in for another treat upon returning home to find the power had just been restored, as evidenced by the heater still struggling to bring the house back up to temp and my electric toothbrush’s flashing blue light.

Other notables of the weekend include the one-year anniversary on Friday, the 26th, of my last day at work, and my birthday… today, March 1st. :)

3 Responses to “Interesting Weekend”

  1. Mike J says:

    Happy B-Day!

  2. Alfia says:

    Happy birthday!

  3. LaShae says:

    Happy Belated Birthday.

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