Compared to the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, we came through Irma practically unscathed, except for food spoilage.
Dear friends from South Florida, plus a neighbor and her lovable, humongous dog, took refuge with me.
The worse we suffered was stress when the wind caused a neighbor’s large pine tree was blown into the power lines across my long driveway and we lost electricity—something we only learned what caused it once Irma had passed—and my generator that would have given us lights, fans, refrigeration and allowed us to pump water wouldn’t start. We had battery lanterns, plenty non-perishable food, drinking water and water we had drawn just in case, before Irma hit.
While we could drive under the tree, if we needed a fire truck or ambulance, it wasn’t going to get in and if the tree came all the way down, we weren’t going to get out. Despite leaving messages on the power company’s automated outage reporting phone system about our situation and finally reaching a live person at customer service, we were told to be patient.
Then we lost landline phone service twice, the second time for four days. While it was out the first time, the power company restored service to all but five of us affected by the tree still hanging in the wires. Ready for this, they left a voice mail saying our power was back on. No, it wasn’t.
Finally, the power is back on and the landline is working, so I have Internet service again. Now it’s a matter of cleaning up a mess of branches and twigs all over the yard, and coping with Trump’s madness: threatening to obliterate North Korea, tearing up the Iran nuclear deal, threatening Venezuela, calling NFL players who exercise their First Amendment right by refusing to stand for the national anthem “SOBs,” while doing little to help the people in Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico and the islands, many of whom have lost everything. How much longer are we going to be forced to put up with Trump and his equally soulless cadre of billionaires and millionaires who are tearing the government down with the aim of further filling their pockets?