Hurricane Irma hiatus

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We are okay but lost power early September 10th while still in preparation for the storm and now dealing with cleanup. Millions of people lost power here in Florida so it may be awhile until electricity is restored and I can participate fully in 5090. Cell service is also spotty so I apologize for minimal communication in the meantime.

Good to hear you're ok, Andy, and thanks for letting us know. That hurricane had a lot of reach.

I was wondering how you, and others here were doing. I noticed you were not "around" as much. For a musician, if one has many "things", man-o-man... it would be tough to "choose" if had to.

Well, glad it went well enough then, and great you commented it here.

-- It's times like these musicians can have a great affect... in the middle of a "krappe pile", sit and sing a song for all to hear! They'll remember that, more than the other, --hopefully.

Same as Andy - in fact I live right down the road from him. We got raked hard by Irma, but family is safe. And we took in a guest with a ukulele so I'm teaching myself. The songs that put me over 50 might all be uke tunes.

Good to hear you're ok too, Chip. I wonder how Scott is?

Take care guys!

Thanks everyone. Like my nearby neighbor @Chip Withrow we had a lot of tree damage. The roof held up and thankfully city water and landline phone still work. Charging cell phones and iPad in alternation on the car battery. I just found out that where I work is closed the rest of the week so like Chip I have bonus time for writing, unfortunately still limited access to internet.

be safe everyone and good wishes to all!

Glad y'all are OK

Especially glad my Florida friends here came out okay. I'm in Atlanta, and remnants of the hurricane have taken down many trees here too. One right across the street snapped in half and fell across the road into our yard, taking down the power lines and snapping the power pole in half as well. Have had no power since yesterday noon. Car charging the cell here too, and playing guitar into the dark. An interesting 'reset' on life.

So glad to know you are both OK (Chip/Andy). As I know you will be helping each other, and also your neighbors, I thought these lyrics might bring a little levity and camaraderie to help deal with the stress of what happened. I'm sure that Chip's yoga/meditation teaching will also come in handy at this time. Wishing you all well.

Handyman
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Walk the dog...feed the cat
Kiss the wife...and make a rack
Fix the roof...unplug the drain
No matter the job... I do everything
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I'm a handyman... never have a plan... but I fix it all with... either hand
I'm a handyman... always answer the call... gonna fix that step - before you fall
I can lay a rug, I can hang the drapes, I can mow the lawn, do whatever it takes
I'm a handyman - I can fix it all - when you need some help - you know who to call
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Hang some rock... tape and float
Buy the paint... needs two coats
Anything... can be repaired
Got a flat... I have a spare
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Car won't stop... replace the pads
Frame just broke... well I have brads
Sink's stopped up... I have a snake
Oven's broke... I'll make it bake
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I'm a handyman... never have a plan... but I fix it all with... either hand
I'm a handyman... always answer the call... gonna fix that step - before you fall
I can lay a rug, I can hang the drapes, I can mow the lawn, do whatever it takes
I'm a handyman - I can fix it all - if you have a task that seems to tall...
Just give me a call...

Very glad to hear that Chip, Andy, and Barbara made it through Irma safely! Chip and Andy, I hope your power comes back soon.

Like Barbara, I'm in Atlanta. I live in an area where many old trees fell during the storm. We lost power & most cell coverage for 2 1/2 days, but we're fine and our home is undamaged. As of last night, we're powered up again. Compared to what so many people have suffered at Irma's hands, our temporary discomfort and inconvenience are nothing.

Today will be spent clearing out fridge, removing yard debris, cleaning house, and generally putting things back in order around here. Will probably be another day or two before I can get back here in any meaningful way.

@oneslowtyper - Fun lyric! But I'm not very handy, unfortunately. If you like Weird Al, check out his parody "I'm So Handy" on YouTube.
I've written four hurricane-related songs, and I still have a couple pre-Irma to record. I'll get to 50 - I'm determined.
We still have no power at our house, but our yoga studio is up and running. We had our first post-storm class this morning.

@Chip Withrow - I'm sure it meant a lot to those participants who could make it to get back to their customary practice. Looking forward to hearing those ukulele tunes!

That's great Chip, even though the "chips" are down, you got the right attitude to survive.

I was able to record a couple one take song ideas today for later posting. Also started freewriting about Irma and the aftermath but am too close to the subject right now (and just beginning to process feelings so not ready) to write about it head-on in 5090. Instead I'll start circling and nibble at the edges. Like today I wrote about generators. Maybe in November for NaSoAlMo or NaNoWriMo.