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james 01-06-2008 04:58 PM

Quite a storm
We landed the day the big storm hit California. It had blown over by the time we arrived, and we even were able to land in SFO, but the Del Monte forrest is a disaster. Trees down everywhere, no power, no Internet -- what a zoo.

Our neighbors trees fell -- one hit the garage next door, and the other hit our fence. Crunch. Oh well, I didn't like the fence very much anyway. :-)

So, we're without Internet for the foreseeable future; though we have a backup generator, so we have power. Jetlag, house under construction, and powerlines on the ground everywhere. Now that's pretty weird.

More to come, but Happy New Year all!


brokencookie 01-06-2008 05:09 PM

Re: Quite a storm
Look on the bright side -
Fallen trees = more wood for the pizza oven :D
Crushed fence = kindling
No power - an excuse to use a WFO

gjbingham 01-06-2008 07:18 PM

Re: Quite a storm
I didn't hear where you went. Vacation/work combined? Any great experiences?

CanuckJim 01-07-2008 06:42 AM

Re: Quite a storm

I really hope the worst is over for northern California, Nevada and the Pacific Northwest. What shows on the news is not heartening. If it's any solice, on the night of the 23rd of December we had a combination ice and wind storm that toppled a fifty foot tree at the back of my property. It fell, dead center, on the roof of my car (totalled). To make matter worse, it was an old spruce, only good for kindling. Rats.


jengineer 01-07-2008 11:56 AM

Re: Quite a storm
and making airplanes

Acoma 01-07-2008 08:42 PM

Re: Quite a storm
Jim, did insurance tell you the car is not covered under Old Spruce trees falling on it? If it was Oak, or other, well then......
Ever seen that commercial?

RTflorida 01-07-2008 10:48 PM

Re: Quite a storm
Jim, thats incredible. It amazes me everytime I see or hear a story like this.
Why that tree? Why did it fall precisely in that direction?.....I guess fate has determined that you need a new car......sure hope you don't have one of the above mentioned "Ficus" insurance policies. On the bright side - it wasn't your house, and I am assuming no one was hurt.

Almost forgot, I have a new (used one time) chainsaw; seems like you may need it.


CanuckJim 01-08-2008 06:22 AM

Re: Quite a storm

I've got a ten year old Husqavarna that runs like a top. It has felled many, many trees, bucked lots of firewood and cut up literally tons of WFO wood. Problem with junky stuff like spruce and cedar is that they might be softwoods, but they are also silicates, so it's cut for twenty minutes, sharpen chain for ten. What a supreme drag for just about zero BTUs.


sarah h 01-08-2008 04:22 PM

Re: Quite a storm
Sorry to hear about your car but glad the tree missed people, house and oven!
Have fun with the chainsaw - at least it's not 30 below while you're out there.


gjbingham 01-08-2008 08:03 PM

Re: Quite a storm
Wow, Jim. Crazy story. Sorry to hear about your car. Is is safe to park there now (with your next car) that the tree is down.

I had a friend who's house was hit by lightning. He fried all his electronics in the house. Two years later, it got hit by lightning again and burned to the ground. My recommendation: If there's other trees close-by, park somewhere else. I thought lightning never struck twice in the same place....

You lost me on the silicates comments. Silicone in trees? Are they doing bark augmentations now? :)


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