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What troubles did you have because of the storm Monday night?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on August 25, 2004

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“We had to try to squeeze nine people into a closet.”

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“I live in the woods in a house with a glass roof, and it was scary.”

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“My 4-year-old son, Simon, woke up and stayed up until 3 a.m., when the power came back on.”

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“None, really, my daughter just had a little later bed time.”


Savage 11 years, 1 month ago

Good points. Maybe the best is yet to come

Savage 11 years, 1 month ago

where is everyone? what!? are we going to get like 5 posts per day here now? Since the proxy or routers here seem to reject hotmail and yahoo email confirmations, i would recon so. Must be that darn spam software.

Anyways, rent movies, and buy plenty of frozen pizza.

Carmenilla 11 years, 1 month ago

We stayed in the basement and kept our daughter up late. She reminded us of the time the sirens went off and we actually made her put on a bike helmet because we were so worried. First time parents can be really silly!

grilled_cheese 11 years, 1 month ago

Yeah, we live on the second story, so my neighboors and I had to pack up our pets and beg our downstairs neighboor to let us come sit out the storm at his place. He was fine with that, but his pets were not. It was clash of the lap dogs for about an hour.

simon 11 years, 1 month ago

Coming from England, I'm not at all used to this kind of weather (we just have miserable rain) so I was pretty alarmed when I heard the tornado siren for the first time.

italianprincess 11 years, 1 month ago

A friend and her daughter came by to visit just before the storm hit and ended up staying the night because of flooding.

Our rain gutter collasped because of the weight of the water and it damaged the frony awning of the house also.

Quite a night of weather and more to come I'm hearing today. We are from Cali and have lived here since 97, so the weather here is wild compared to there. It can be exciting at times, but also pretty scary too my son says.

jonas 11 years, 1 month ago

Sigh. . . what a waste. Hopefully the energy will increase after a couple of days in the new system. I have to wonder why anyone felt the need to complain to the admin about copycats. Why not just be honored that your personality is unique enough to compell imitation or mockery?

Seriously, is any one as entertained by this version of the On the Street forum as the chaos of the last one?

Moving on. . . We lost power around 10:00 Monday night, and it didn't come back on till about 11:00 Tuesday morning. Had nothing to entertain me but drugs and sex. It was a tragedy.


Bryan Wilcox 11 years, 1 month ago

I'd have to agree with jonas, while I certainly appreciate the fact that there are no longer idiots that feel it necessary to copy/paste the entire content of the on-the-street several hundred times, the new format has lost much appeal. There no longer seems to be the lively and sometimes comical debate... Hopefully this will change in the near future.

as for the storm, I was watching the chiefs game on satellite when it decided to go out, I flipped over to cable and it then proceeded to go out, flipped to over-the-air and could only get sound. I then proceeded to go outside and raged at the heavens for a while.

BigGuy 11 years, 1 month ago

I have a satellite dish and the stupid thing kept going out. About time the tornado sirens sounded, the TV went off for about 4 hours and the electricity kept flashing so my radio and NOAA weather radio kept going out too. I guess I should buy batteries. Other than that, I just kept wondering where my son and I would go if the tornado actually was going to hit. We don't have a basement and no interior rooms since all the rooms have an outside wall. Maybe the bathtub??

Hi_Jinks 11 years, 1 month ago

I just wrapped myself in layer after layer of bubble wrap and laid myself down, face first, on my living room floor. Then I waited for the roof to blow off of my house and for me to be sucked out of my house and thrown up against the side of a really big tree or something by the passing twister.

Hey! If that bubble wrap is good enough to protect fine china during shipping....Well, I figure it must be good enough to protect a 200 pound man from any sort of damage during a really bad storm!!

mdecoste 11 years, 1 month ago

6 pets, my son, and I were quite comfortable in the basement listening to KLWN. I read a good book, took the opportunity to clean up the basement a little, and relax. Peace and quiet except for the brewing storm outside. I loved all the updates from everyone calling in on the radio. It looks like we are in for another stormy night!

Savage 11 years, 1 month ago

Jonas, Looks like this might be a geek post only from now on...all the liberals behaving so nicely answering the cute little innocent daily questions. I have to wonder the real reason for the tags now. I think its just in case someone offends someone, perhaps they can complain enough to have a chance at catching someone using the authorities perhaps? Yes even here. That im sure is closer to the real truth. Conspiracies aside. Thank god for proxies and spoofs at least. Good grief... will we have to resort to internet cafe's and libraries to post totally anonymously now, to protest policy in one of the former greatest, funniest places on planet earth to post (this place)? Closer and closer to a police state? If it ever happens the liberals will cry out and wish there was an inkling of privacy left longing for the days of old, but probably only then. Unfortunately no one knows the answer to that question. Anyways, until then...I hope the forum improves. At least I never copied someone's moniker, I would just rip into em straight on, key for key.

Also, How Unfortuanate now for those that use a hotmail or yahoo email address to post from. Is is just coincidence that you can not register with one? At least I have tried several times and the confirmation email is never sent. Is anti-spam software the culprit, or is it some other hidden policy that no-one will admit to. Hey... call a spade a spade and 9 times out of ten in computer world, when something doesnt function without an error message, its not supposed to, at least with simple registration programs anyways. I will once again refer to corporate anti-spam software. (which i think is the real reason?)

Why is it when two or three liberals complain they can change a corportate policy? Maybe the DBA is probably a left winger too? who knows? Would there be legal issues involved if they refused the complaints? Or was the LJ Worlds owner's friend or a staff member perhaps offended by Larry or some other clever republican and by doing so, they were hoping to to dispel the 'right'? Even if that isnt the motive, it looks like it's coming true. Also, I would bet larry posts from a yahoo or hotmail address and thats why we are not hearing from him now. no more privacy.

Thanks for destroying the highlight of my boring programming job (the ENTERTAINMENT factor guys!) on the slow days. The old LJ policy stated... "We are not responsible for... has that changed somehow, now that you can track someone? Are we all responsible for what we say here now? I think its something worth consideration.


Savage 11 years, 1 month ago

Jonas, could it be Carmenilla is grinning ear to ear right now claiming victory biehind an LJ world helpdesk computer? I would really speak my mind...but I cant without the boot now. You can call me brilliant if ya want, but smart will do just fine. And to you know who.........thanks alot ..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................!!!!!

jonas 11 years, 1 month ago

Savage: I doubt Carmenilla had much to do with this. My guess is that it was Lulu, at least most recently.

The problem is that you can't spontaneously post anymore. You have to wait. . . and respond to an email. . . and register, and after all that, you can say something. Few are going to go to that much trouble.

Unless of course, we all take it upon ourselves to be really, REALLY offensive for awhile, to get people angry enough to chime in. It's a thought I may have to act on. We'll see though, I don't want to get booted.

BigGuy 11 years, 1 month ago

Re: Savage

I registered today with a yahoo address and the confirmation email was sent immediately. You might try again if you have been having trouble. Mine went through so maybe the problem is fixed.

I do agree that this forum is kinda boring now. However, I do think that it is nice that no one is using REALLY inappropriate language, name calling, or sexually explicit descriptions. We could use some more arguing, discussions and non sensical tangents though.

Savage 11 years, 1 month ago

if indeed it is only to prevent moniker hijacking...hopefully all the troops will arise again.

May all righties and lefties participate!

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