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.17.2006 @ 11:47 AM
At least they know how to get things fixed. Here in St Louis, people were out of power for a week because of 2 inches of snow.

Dec.17.2006 @ 3:47 PM
105 mph in WA. I'm still without power. Trees took down power lines. We had 1 million without power. WA definitely got hit harder than OR.

Dec.17.2006 @ 3:58 PM
Chris Randall
Shit. We barely have 1 million people here period.

But for what it's worth, my mom still doesn't have power and she only lives about 5 miles from me. Lots of people are still in the dark here.



Dec.17.2006 @ 8:25 PM
Sorry to hear about this, I was stuck without power here in Queens for almost four days this summer. No cool storm though, just gross mismanagement of the public utilities.. Truly sucked.



Dec.18.2006 @ 6:41 AM
Solipsist Nation
Hmmm. I'm going to be visiting my parents in Stayton, uh, tomorrow. I wonder how the actual valley did. Maybe that's why I haven't had any email in the last couple of days, but you'd think they'd call or something.

Dec.18.2006 @ 10:29 AM
Chris Randall
Stayton is fine, like nothing ever happened. I don't even think they lost power for more than a couple hours. That's where I had to go to get groceries and gas and such while the canyon was out.

While you're there, perhaps you can ask about why they're so obsessed with saying "Canyon this" and "Canyon that" when they clearly live in the Valley. I live in the Santiam Canyon, as does everyone in Lyons, Mill City, Gates, and Detroit. Stayton is on a plain in the Valley, as far as I can tell.



Dec.19.2006 @ 7:37 PM
Glad to hear you came through ok Chris, with nothing worse than some spoilt cheese.

I'm in Eastern WA & had a gig in Seattle this Saturday night. The drive was interesting once in & through the pass, due to being completely black and there being no open businesses once West of the pass. The Mercer island area & beyond into Seattle had power (and I'm sure weren't out too long after the storm), but finding most gas stations out of gas or attended by cops was interesting. Especially since we didn't even find open gas stations with power until long after the little light had been on. At least the storm was a few days before Saturday or my trip would surely have been a LOT more eventful. =]

We did of coruse also get the same windstorm here in Spokane, although a few hours later & with slightly belated wind power. It still managed to knock out our Power and left my Scope box in a bad state (I still haven't had time to figured ou exactly what is misbehaving).

The coolest thing about watching it pass here in Spokane was watching the clouds go overhead at 3-4am (the peak here early in the storm). Pretty much the same thing as last november, below the higher cumulonimbus clouds were spotty bright clouds that were really low & really really fast. I could watch one go from horizon to horizon in really short order, and they were much brighter than the higher clouds for some reason, even with the power out. It gave everything a very time-elapsed 'apocalyptic' feel.


Dec.23.2006 @ 12:15 PM
Solipsist Nation

My father helpfully points out that during his 30 years teaching high school in Stayton, people from anywhere east up highway 22 were often referred to as "Canyon Rats." Thus, adopting the use of the word "Canyon" for things around here is actually, uh... I dunno. Validating the Canyon or something? Or attempting to catch onto some of the cool cachet the Santiam Canyon has developed? I have no idea. I think he's making it up.

I have to say, I'm glad (and after growing up here, kind of surprised) that anyone is doing anything cool anywhere around here... Back in the long-ago-days when I mail-ordered a Casio CZ101 from California so I could have a REAL! DIGITAL! SYNTHESIZER! to play with (at age 17) that was basically it for interesting music stuff anywhere nearby... I probably just didn't know what was going on, though.


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