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Chapter 1: In Which Kairi Finds Herself In A Blustery Situation
Kairi came home on Thursday to find bits and pieces of the house all over the yard, a giant tree knocked down, winds swirling and gusting, and no power. She ran, naturally, to neighbors' houses, but finding no one home, proceeded to where she felt most safe - her band teacher's house. There, I received her frantic phone call just as I was leaving work, and I flew homeward. (And the car certainly felt like it wanted to fly as the unabated wind storm blew it all over I-78.)
Chapter Two: In Which We Thank God For The Direction of the Wind Storm
So, the tree that was knocked down was inches from Kairi's room. I had fussed over the creaking and swaying of that tree during every storm since we moved in. Between the soggy, oversaturated ground and the 75 mph wind gusts, the tree fell - thankfully, AWAY from Kairi's room!
Chapter 3: In Which We Discover How Very Dependent We Are On Electricity
But our adventure wasn't over with a few pieces of blown-off soffit and one big ol' tree. Cause the power had been out since 10AM that morning, according to neighbors. We headed to Barry and Cyndy's house for dinner, and kept calling our own house, since our answering machine would only pick up if we had power. At about 6:50, we got an answer, so we headed home. The power had come back on - but an electrical fire in the transformer behind our neighbor's house had turned the four houses on our cul-de-sac right back off. After debating the merits of returning to Cyndy's, renting a hotel room, or staying put, we slept by lantern light in our rapidly losing heat house. If we're going to live in the northeast in an electric heated house, methinks we need to invest in a generator! Long story short, the power didn't come back on until after 9PM on Friday the 13th. As Kairi said, our bad luck came a day early!
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