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    SLJ 6/8/65-5/2/07 Walter's Avatar
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    Hurricanes suck!!

    Well I was just North of Frances' bullseye and took a pretty good hit. Pretty serious roof damage (what's left of it will have to go) and resulting ceiling damage from water. However, my wife and I nailed down tarps yesterday and we've got a generator up and running so recovery has begun. As miserable as post-Hurricane time is the storm itself was somewhat inspiring. I have 3M security film on my windows so I didn't shutter and was able to watch the wind blow. Nature can be amazing. Listening to the shingles tear off my roof wasn't so inspiring however. I've started insurance process and will contact FEMA as well. I've heard they'll compensate for the $ spent for a generator. Anyone know if that's true? I'm very happy to have it regardless.

    Bikes both current model, project, and fledgling vintage collection are all fine. Will try to regain some nomalcy by going for a ride later today. Looks like most of the streets in my "loop" are clear. I like to ride to the marina but that's heartbreaking right now. A whole row of sailboats disappeared and are either sunk or aground somewhere along the Indian River. Lots of power boats heavily damaged. The new seawall and park area where the city sponsors a monthly "FridayFest" took heavy wave damage as the river (aka Intercoastal Waterway) came over the wall. They've spent so much time and $ making that area nice and much of it is gone.

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    Glad everything is okay. A lot of us can relate as we had to endure the hurricane as well. Check out the threads on the Foo forum..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter
    Well I was just North of Frances' bullseye and took a pretty good hit. Pretty serious roof damage (what's left of it will have to go) and resulting ceiling damage from water. However, my wife and I nailed down tarps yesterday and we've got a generator up and running so recovery has begun. As miserable as post-Hurricane time is the storm itself was somewhat inspiring. I have 3M security film on my windows so I didn't shutter and was able to watch the wind blow. Nature can be amazing. Listening to the shingles tear off my roof wasn't so inspiring however. I've started insurance process and will contact FEMA as well. I've heard they'll compensate for the $ spent for a generator. Anyone know if that's true? I'm very happy to have it regardless.

    Bikes both current model, project, and fledgling vintage collection are all fine. Will try to regain some nomalcy by going for a ride later today. Looks like most of the streets in my "loop" are clear. I like to ride to the marina but that's heartbreaking right now. A whole row of sailboats disappeared and are either sunk or aground somewhere along the Indian River. Lots of power boats heavily damaged. The new seawall and park area where the city sponsors a monthly "FridayFest" took heavy wave damage as the river (aka Intercoastal Waterway) came over the wall. They've spent so much time and $ making that area nice and much of it is gone.

    I've always wondered how that 3M film on the windows would work in a real storm. Do you think it was as effective as metal panel shutters? Glad you are ok.
    Always try your most moderate.

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    I'm glad to hear that you and family and bikes are alright. We see lots of hurricane footage up here on TV; but I'm sure it's quite frightening to actually be face to face with nature's fury. Hang in there.

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    Isn't it just a layer of adhisive plastic? Even if it was better than metal shutters, I would trust the shutters better.

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    Glad you and your loved ones are ok, Walter. As we all know, the "stuff" is incidental to the important things.

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    Hurricanes don't suck. They blow.
    If we learn from our mistakes, I must be a goddamn genius.

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    SLJ 6/8/65-5/2/07 Walter's Avatar
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    Alister: After I hit the submit button I thought "blow" would be more appropriate. Hurricanes do that also.

    Don: Thanks. Stuff isn't as important but if I lost my "new" Moto I'd be a bit sadder than I am already.

    Regarding 3M: I don't sell the stuff but am, so far, satisfied. It's designed to stop burglars from smashing through with a crowbar or the like. The ad line that sold me is that you have 24/7 protection w/o having to fight with boards/shutters. I have a ~12ft high window in my living room that'd be difficult/impossible to board or shutter so that's why I went this route.

    Nothing is designed for a strong Cat.4 or 5 storm and if Ivan does come with anything near that strength, I'm running.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raiyn
    What are you doing posting at 3 a.m.? Can't let the anxiety make you lose sleep.. There are still 5 days for the Hurricane to find other victims..

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    I drink your MILKSHAKE Raiyn's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by bab
    What are you doing posting at 3 a.m.? Can't let the anxiety make you lose sleep.. There are still 5 days for the Hurricane to find other victims..
    Who said anything about losing sleep? I'm usually up at that time in the morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raiyn
    Who said anything about losing sleep? I'm usually up at that time in the morning.
    So when do you sleep?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bab
    So when do you sleep?
    He's awake from sundown to sunup and keeps a lap top in his coffin during day light hours

    Best of luck everybody in Florida, Hang in there!
    Last edited by Gojohnnygo.; 09-10-04 at 03:02 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gojohnnygo.
    He's awake from sundown to sunup and keeps a lap top in his coffin during during day light hours

    Best of luck everybody in Florida, Hang in there!
    Truer than you know And thank you.

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