The Morning After...Good Night Irene!

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The Morning After...Good Night Irene!

It was a long Saturday following the reports of  Hurricane high the winds, how many inches of rain and the entire preparedness for the worst. I finally went to bed about be awakened at 5:30 AM with that booming sound alerting us that the power has just been lost. No problem...we have a backup gas generator.

Waiting a few seconds I hear it trying to start, a few seconds more another try and then another few seconds...and I realize three strikes and you are out...out of power that is. A call to the company who tells me they are not that busy and will be out as soon as the rain lets up.

My cell phone charge is going down so I take a ride to survey the neighborhood and re-charge my phone.   

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There was a lot of debris and quite a few downed trees... even a blocked off the street.... all within a mile radius of my house.

After another call, a service technician shows up about 1:00. Actually, pretty amazing service considering there are thousands without power.

Instead of waiting for the fix, went out for a late brunch with daughter, Erica who spent the night (because Mama has a generator) and our friend, Robin who lives nearby.

I was thinking about how many things we have come to depend on by having electric and made this short list...Lights are number one (we all had our own flashlights), but in addition.. my adjustable bed, a TOTO toilet, an electric toothbrush, a water-pik, hairdryer, home phone, computer, clocks, garage openers, multiple TVs, microwave, phone chargers, and an electric chair stair glide.

We are spoiled, we have gotten used to our electric dependency! Notice how easily I mentioned computer with all the rest...meaning  NO ActiveRain!  Well, I could check it on my cell phone but needed to conserve battery. My brilliant daughter took a power strip to the restaurant and we all plugged in our phones.

What electrical item could you not live without in the morning?

The Morning After...Good Night Irene!




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Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Omg Margaret, that's quite a photo. Good to hear you're all okay. Btw, do many people there have their own generator? I don't know of one person who has one at home.

Aug 28, 2011 05:49 PM #1
Ronald DiLalla
Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824 - Anaheim, CA
No. Orange Cty Real Estate

Hi Margaret,,,,glad to hear that you made it throught with minimum amount of difficulty.....thanks for sharing.

Aug 28, 2011 06:16 PM #2
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate


We fared slightly better here in Crofton, MD. We normally lose power during a rainstorm, but this time everything stayed on, go figure.

My wife would not be able to do without a hair dryer.


Aug 28, 2011 08:18 PM #3
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

That's a pretty big tree that's down there Margaret...............amazing how we rely on "electric" power.  Glad all is well.

Aug 28, 2011 10:55 PM #4
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Lynda, We are definitely the exception. We put this one in just before 2000.

Ronald, Thanks for stopping by.

Richard, Glad you have power. That hairdryer is very important.

Roger, Good to see you. Congrats on your milestone.

Aug 28, 2011 11:18 PM #5
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

We used to live in a house that had a push button electric toliet flushing mechanism...charming ....the talk of the neighborhood and all of our company...BUT....when the power went out...ewwwwww

Aug 29, 2011 12:28 AM #6
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Bye, bye Irene. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!

Something for you this morning: Pay It Forward – I didn’t have to think about this one.

Aug 29, 2011 12:35 AM #7
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Margaret - good luck for a quick return to normal. Reliance on power is a product of history. When power goes out here I am house bound (or excluded from my house) as I rely on elevators to get to (and from) ground level.

Aug 29, 2011 01:45 AM #8
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


"Mama has a generator."  I'm not surprised!

Mike in Tucson

Aug 29, 2011 02:11 AM #9
Carra & Shae Riley
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO
Helping people Transition at all ages!

Margaret ~  So happy you are back on track and no serious issues... I am thinking a post on things to have in your car and at home to be prepared might be forthcoming... like what we learned in the amazon.. steel wool and D battery to make fire!  I know, I know... too much drama.. but I bet you will be coming up with the Rome survival kit!  Is your generator propane or gas?  Another mama wants to know:)

Aug 29, 2011 04:54 AM #10
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Glad you're ok!  Air condtioning - that's what I would miss the most!  Next would be my hair blower.  Hey, some things in life are important.  Then the computer.  Well, maybe the computer before the hair dryer :)  That's a toss up.  Good night Irene is right!

Aug 29, 2011 03:31 PM #11
Christine Hooks
Pino Agency - Pennsville, NJ
Celebrating 25 Years in Real Estate!

Yes, air conditioning gets my vote, too, since I can get very sick in the heat.  My phone is a close second.....I feel lost if I am unable to check on my daughters.  This was the first storm that we were not in the same town and I didn't like being so far away from them.

Maybe if I get a generator, they will ride the next one out with me, here at home?

Aug 29, 2011 03:45 PM #12
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Sally, It still works without power.

Larry, What floor are you on?

Russell, Loved your pay it forward post and appreciate the mention.

Mike, So you are not surprised. Our area is still without power.

Carra, Natural gas. With a generator...not too much to prepare for...unless it does not work!

Jimmy,Ours is natural gas. Talk to me before you install...may have some suggestions. I think I may

be headed for an iPad soon. Glad the trees caused no damage. We had the home inspection on the Fieldstone home today.

Elyse, AC is right up top with me.

Chris, I get to have my wonderful daughter with me since power is out in her generator is still going strong.

Aug 29, 2011 05:25 PM #13
Martha Brown
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403 - Annapolis, MD
Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent

Hi Margaret- What gets to me the most about not having electric is that I feel lost. I head to this room to do something and I remember no electric and then I go to internet and then..well you get the picture. LOL It's amazing how it seems everything I/we do depends on electric. Luckily mine came back on in a little over 30 hours as there are some in my area that will be out until late Friday or Saturday. Glad you faired well too. I keep meaning to investigate getting a generator but its like windsheild wipers... I remember when I need to use them and not otherwise. :0) 

Aug 30, 2011 04:32 AM #14
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas

Glad to see there was not much damage to your area, Margaret.  My family lived in the Northwest close to Seattle for 12 years.  Though we didn't have hurricanes we had some pretty ferocious wind storms that would knock our fir trees down and our power would go out for 3-4 days at a time.  The hardest part for us was our refrigerator not working!

Aug 30, 2011 04:34 PM #15
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Martha, You describe that lost feeing so well. Sounds like a perfect blog coming up.

DeeDee, A non working fridge is a problem...and there is no light when you open the door.

Aug 31, 2011 03:58 AM #16
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Isn't it funny how we just take electricity for granted, until it's not there anymore!  You're smart to have a back up generator so you can at least save the food in the fridge/freezer and have a few lights on.  

Sep 01, 2011 04:18 PM #17
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Georgina, It has been a good addition to our home. This past week, it was priceless!


Sep 01, 2011 04:26 PM #18
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I guess my number one item would be my cell phone.  I can geet internet on cell so the computer isn't quite a deal killer, but I would feel absolutely lost without my phone!

Sep 12, 2011 03:47 PM #19
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Evelyn, That's what car chargers are for. As long as you have a good battery and some can keep your phone, iPad, etc charged.


Sep 12, 2011 05:28 PM #20
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