My kingdom for power and internet

All the way home just to learn to survive. No power in our neighborhood, no ETA on getting any. I drove up to Zotz on the rumor of AC and wifi and found it to be true. So did dozens of other people.
When I get home, I get to rig up a security system for my alleyway out of rope and cans so that nobody tries to steal my generator. I get to figure out if my generator works and figure out how to protect it from both rain and rising water while keeping it properly ventilated. Check all my batteries and flashlights. Clean all the backyard plants and furniture out of my kitchen so that I can store all my dry goods, canned peaches, and tuna. Get the rest of my windows unstuck so that I can get some air inside. And then get my ass inside for the dusk to dawn curfew so that I don’t get tagged by the po-pos, who seem to be really disappointed that they didn’t get a Katrina-style looter war and are all keyed up to invent one. Will take cold shower and then read by LED lantern light until my meds kick in and knock me out. In the morning, I go search for more ice and do the whole thing over again.
Work says I’m free to burn the rest of my vacation time (yay! vacation! not!) during the recovery and then I get myself back to work or I stop getting paid. So if power and internet aren’t more easily available by Sunday, I have to leave for Austin in order to keep my job. Assuming I can find enough gas to get there, and places to stay when I get there.
I’m home but I’m still in exile. The immense downside of telecommuting. Where I am, it’s one of the largest natural disasters in US history. Where the job is, it’s Wednesday. The two halves of my split personality are too far apart this week.
Haven’t seen my kids in almost two weeks. I suppose three or four more weeks is neither here nor there. Daddies are expendable. Daddies’ jobs are not.
Bloody weather.
I’m out. Back to the hotbox. The land off the grid. Text me if you need me, not sure if I’m up for the twitter noise tonight.

4 Comments to "My kingdom for power and internet"

  1. September 3, 2008 - 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Daddies always think they’re expendable, but they’re not. Your kids know that.
    Hang in there. If you can tough out those tats, you can tough out this.

  2. September 3, 2008 - 9:49 pm | Permalink

    What the fuck is going on in NO? All I’m getting on tv is Palin and Caylee…

  3. September 3, 2008 - 10:20 pm | Permalink

    Once again, I feel nothing but shame over the country we live in.

  4. September 4, 2008 - 12:52 am | Permalink

    Hey, if you need power, shower and internet, come on over. We seem to be ok in the LGD.

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