December 16, 2006

Force Majeure

by Chris Randall

For those of you not in the know, we had a bit of a storm here in the Pacific Northwest on Thursday night. The only reason it wasn't a hurricane is that we don't have hurricanes in the Pacific Northwest. However, the net effect was the same. We've got trees down everywhere, and haven't had electricity since Thursday around 4:00pm.

What a hoot.

In any case, don't expect anything from me in the near future. I had to drive 40 miles to check my email and post this, and the drive itself was problematic due to trees on the highway. If you write the Audio Damage info line, don't expect an answer immediately.



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Dec.16.2006 @ 1:00 PM
I hear you Chris. I'm without power (in WA) as well. Cheers to the public library system. Free wi-fi. And that was one crazy storm. Trees down everywhere. The entire city and surrounding areas lost electricity. The cities are back up but the "burbs" are still out. A couple of trees in my neighborhood took out a couple of houses. I have no idea how ours was spared.

Dec.16.2006 @ 2:20 PM
Chris Randall
Lo, and furthermore hark, my power just came back on, and with it the Interwebs. Whee. Back from the stone age at last.

In any case, despite the heavier weather in Oregon, it looks like Washington got the worst damage. Maybe you're less used to weather problems? Or the fact that there are more people to harm? Your peak winds were in the 60s, while ours were well in to the 100mph range. (114 in one coastal town, low 90s here in the Cascades.)

But it looks like things can get back to normal now. At least for Mill City, Oregon. We had to empty out our refrigerator because everything spoiled. That was hard. At least $100 worth of cheese, never mind the stuff in the freezer.



Dec.16.2006 @ 3:56 PM
Jeff C
> At least $100 worth of cheese, never mind the stuff in the freezer.

Hey, at least you're just down the road (relatively speaking) from Tillamook.

- Jeff


Dec.16.2006 @ 5:06 PM
In Vancouver Canada we have been getting hit pretty hard recently as well. Lots of power outages. The wind screwed up our water supply last month, making it a boil only advisory for nearly two weeks.

Dec.16.2006 @ 5:34 PM

How did you lose $100 worth of cheese? Aged cheeses should be fine for a couple days, and fresh Mascarpone or Buffalo Mozzerella or whatever fresh cheese is not the type of thing you stock up on (since it goes bad quickly, even with refridgeration). You aren't buying the $50 or $100 per kilo stuff, are you? Yikes!

Couldn't you put it in a cooler and just store the cheese outside at this time of year, or am I totally off on my ideas of your climate?

As a cheese lover, I feel your pain though!


Dec.16.2006 @ 7:27 PM
After we got our power back in FL after all the hurricanes wal-mart did some shady shit. The ice cream had all melted and they just let it freeze back up,SOUR, and just sold them. Doritos dont go bad, them chef boyardee microwaveables can be eaten cold and make a great hurricane aftermath food. Drink boxes, kool-aid,capri sun,..wateris hard to find as well as gas. We lose running water though, dont know if that happened to you in the northwest. If it does happen again be prepared fill up anything with water for washing and for drinking. Poor mans shower after a hurricane is fill up a plastic shopping bag with water and poke pinholes in it tyeing to the top of your shower head.

Keeping it music related, if you find someone with a generator you might feel bad hooking anything gear to it cause its usually used for the refridgerator and keeping the kids sane with TV. Might just have to go totally lappy and bum lappy charges off of them. I sheltered up with someone with a guitar who only knew how to play hotel california......800 fucking times. It was a nightmare. He butchered that tune.


Dec.16.2006 @ 7:29 PM
And more ppl die and get injuries after weather like this not during.

Dec.16.2006 @ 10:00 PM
Chris Randall
Not for nothing, but living somewhere that wasn't a swamp in living memory means that water is almost always potable. Our city water worked fine during the outage, and our heat and hot water heater are gas, so we were never cold or in need of a shower. We're looking in to buying a place next year, and I'm going to make sure the stove is gas, in addition to the hot water heater and household heat, because the main problem we ran in to was the fact that my wife couldn't properly cook, but were limited to things that could be made with small appliances.

In any case, I own a generator, like anyone that lives in the rural parts of the Pacific Northwest and has half a brain. The power goes out here all the time in the winter. This was the longest it's been out since I moved here, though. Just shy of 80 hours. The worst thing about the whole ordeal (other than very nearly dying, which I detailed in my other blog) was dealing with the boredom, as my idea of a well-spent day doesn't involve sitting in front of my TV and watching HGTV in HD for 18 hours. I saw the same episode of House Hunters International like four times.

All six people that died in this storm died during the storm itself, mostly because they were crushed by falling Douglas fir trees. One elderly couple died because they were unable to escape their burning house at the height of the storm, and the fire department was unable to get there because of trees on the highway. The other four were hit by trees, or their house was collapsed by one.

Viz. the cheese, we only really eat high-end stuff (except for the occasional Hot Pocket) so our cheese investment is on the high side. A single brick of Tillamook sharp cheddar is $14; Colby is $16 and mozzarella is $12. Never mind the brie, gorgonzolla, parmagian, etc. (I imagine I spelled at least one of those right.) Whether or not it was still edible after three and a half days at 60+ wasn't really something I wanted to ponder. So I tossed it.



Dec.16.2006 @ 11:01 PM
Adam Schabtach
Let me just say, for the record, that I'm really happy I didn't lose my business partner during that storm. It actually crossed my mind that it was a possibility after we'd been out of our usual contact for over 24 hours.

I mean, it would have sounded silly, too. "Yeah, our business was really starting to take off, but Chris was killed by a tree. ... No, really..."



Dec.17.2006 @ 1:43 AM
that sux. we only last power for 4 hours in portland and we were in the minority. most people didn't lose power... only 224,000

glad you are OK.. and didn't decide to climb mt hood. i hope those dudes are OK. it's been a week though.

i grew up in miami and was there for a fwe hurricanes including andrew. it sucked. no power for 17 days and it was hot and that just makes people even stupider it seems. now, lot's of people are getting these generators that look like small diesel engines... they run on propane. big 500 gallon tanks of it! it's crazy.

anyway--- as i say.. glad youa re ok. could always have been worse right?

maybe this will cheer you up.

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