Monday, September 5, 2011

The Joys of Homeownership: Goodnight, Irene

I promise this is the last time I mention the hurricane. Why? Because the final remnants of the damage the storm did to our property are now on the curb awaiting pickup. The long weekend enabled procrastinating old me to finish the work that needed to be done.

First, the big branch that split and fell from this tree on our sidewalk:

Sad and breaky

But you'd be proud of me. I sawed it off myself (after borrowing a saw from a neighbor). Even climbed a ladder. (My problem with ladders is well documented. Click here for said documentation.) And I chopped it up just in time for the special hurricane trash pick-up:
Chop Chop
And remember the small lake that formed in the basement? (Ironically, we were in the process of getting estimates from basement waterproofers when the storm hit. A process that has now been accelerated.):
Lake Irene
Had to bust out the rain booties
The result: some IKEA stuff we've had for years that we had been using as storage had finally seen their last day:
Warped and Moldy (like many old people I know)
Thanks to this storm, I did see the very best of people in the face of adversity. Neighbors helping each other no matter what confronted them in their own homes. I saw bravery during extreme new experiences from the Peanut and my wife. And I learned I can rise to the occasion and be there for my family in an emergency. (Although if this were an actual emergency, who knows how I would have handled it.)

All that being said I must share one final definitive word about Hurricane Irene: whore.

Peanut and I experienced Irene without my wife. Click here to read about it. But as the storm hit, Peanut showed me her very best. Click here to read about that.


  1. Look at those sexy rain boots!! Seems that you'd need something a little higher up your leg - no? Sorry you had to deal with all that yuckiness!


  2. Well i'm glad that was all that was done, it could have been a hell of a lot worse. But glad it wasn't that bad and you managed to get it all sorted my friend.

  3. WM: Those rain boots are fine in actual rain...and wife picked them out.

    Ben: thanks...our damage wasn't bad at all.

  4. 'Warped and Moldy (like many old people I know)' - bahahahahha, love it!

    Much of our Ikea furniture went out with our 'New Year's Eve basement foundation crack/leak of 2005', so I remember it well. Scary how fast that 'wood' from Ikea goes moldy (what the hell is in that stuff?!?!).

    Glad you are all okay, and the damage wasn't major. Who has time for that? You've got blogs to write. ;)

    (p.s. - I'm a new fan, courtesy of MWD&S on FB, and I'm so glad to have found you. A dad that writes with as much candor and love for his girls is so lovely. Your blog makes me happy, and reconfirms that maybe I'm not scarring my 2 (soon to be 3) boys beyond belief with my sometimes inadequate parenting skills. :) It's nice to know we all *think* we screw up more than we actually do as parents. Thanks. :)

  5. Thanks Andrea. That's one of the nicest comments I've ever received. Glad you're here!

  6. You really do a lot of shopping at IKEA huh? Maybe you should move to Sweden and live with Ben:)

  7. Quote the opposite, my you will soon find out in an upcoming post about the moss recent - and last - time I set foot in IKEA.


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