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the air is filled with the smell of fresh cut pine,

blue tarps on roofs,the whine of generators,the buzz of chainsaws
swarms of yellowjackets,babys crying for milk,looting,curfews,
no power.no water,no phone,no cable,no nothing since sept 16
where will the next bag of ice come from?crickets,no birds,wires everywhere
million dollar boats stacked like pringles,shelters,MRE's,no gasoline,
short tempers,the best of people,the worst of people,rolls of wet carpet,
appliances laying everywhere,the beach is a landing strip,interstate bridge
crumbles,--- life is simple,all your problems vanish,nothing really matters
except protecting your family and your home

we took it hard Crying or Very sad

growing up on the east coast and living here for 30 years i've been thru
my share of storms both on land and at sea- six hurricanes since i've
been in florida and i have never experienced anything like this
total devastation - sadly 12 people lost their lives to ivan and hundreds
of familys are homeless

sustained wind at my house was 125-130 with gust of 150-160
my house took the storm fine - but i was not so lucky with the tornados
took a 22" pine tree to the roof and put 2 bedrooms out of commission
blew my barn away,lost 4 trees total,1 blown out window-no one was hurt

we rode it out here-

not for the the faint of heart-it was dicey for about 5 hrs as to whether
or not we could keep enough wind out of the house to keep the roof on
but we prevailed - did'nt sleep for 2 days

the bikes and hot rods were well protected and made it fine

trapped om my street for 2 days till we could cut a bike trail down the
street-once again kawasaki proves itself as it was my only source
of transportation for a week and performed flawlessly as a pack mule
hauling ice,water and mre's to folks who could not get out.

a few of us teamed up with law enforcement to provide assistance where
we could with curfew enforcement and looting control - but we still felt helpless

many many thanks to the guys from arkansas who cut the trees
the guys from texas who restored the power
volusia,pasco,st petersburg,sherriff's dept.
the florida national gaurd
the united states army
the doctors
the nurses
local law enforcement
the truckers
and the list goes on and on - these are the heros-the real heros

i'm glad to be back with my web friends and have some catching up to do
but i'll be busy for a little while cleaning up

thanks to those who sent pm's to me saying i was in their thoughts
they know who they are

hope everyone here is doing well and i've thought of several of you!!
 

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It's good to hear from you.. glad the bikes are ok.

Hope everything works out for you, and you get your place back together.

Most importantly, we're glad you are ok!
 

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Bike,

I am so relieved to hear from you. Living here in Mobile and seeing our damage on the western shore of the bay, which is minor compared to Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and Pensacola, I have been on "tenterhooks"
waiting to hear if you and your family are safe or not.

We got power restored on Wednesday evening, 9/21 and have tarps covering our roof holes (two trees fell on the house and one on the guest house). We are very fortunate that the weather has been so good lately and has given us a chance to get tarps on before any rain hits. The guys who restored our power were from Shreveport, Louisiana and Mashall, Texas. My service service meter and box were ripped off the house so I had to work fast to get it a new one put on or we wouldn't have any power yet. WE are very fortunat and grateful to God for His benefits.

Since I am a native Texan from Houston and have lived a large part of my life on the Gulf coast, I have seen a lot of hurricanes, including Carla in 1961, which was a category 4 storm. Houston, Galveston and Texas City were on the east side of that storm and really took a beating. However, I think Ivan caused more devastation than Carla did.

Being a native Texan and letting the power crew from Marshall, Texas know this fact didn't hurt me either! Tehy were great guys who worked from before sunrise until after sunset to restor power and enough good things can't be said about them.

I am a physician and on the faculty of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. We have seen surprisingly few injuries from the storm. Mostly what I expect to see now are chainsaw and construction injuries. (Most of my teaching is for residents who watch me while I practice and take care of patients. I don't lecture more than two hours in any given month so I see patients all day long.)

I am delighted to know your a and your family are OK.
 

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thanks b :wink:

you guys took it hard in gulf shores :cry:

the islands will never be the same
 

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glad to see you back bike..knew you prolly had alot of things goin on right now but glad you and yours stayed safe thru it all..welcome back bro!!
 

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Funny thing about emergency workers... the word hero gets tossed around but to us it's just a part of the job. Many thanks to those out there who appreciate the work. Have a friend out here who is on the Oregon Disaster Response Team and was shipped off to AL and GA for a week. Said it was a great experience, as much as can be had considering the circumstances. Glad to hear you're weathering the storm, 'holic. Wishing you and your fam and friends a fast recovery.
 

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thanks again guys- words just can't describe how hard these folks
who came to help us worked - i rode past a deputy from st.pete who was
directing traffic at a intersection and he looked like he was about to pass out
i stopped and gave him some cold water and he said he had been standing there for 9 hours so far with nothing to eat,nothing to drink,i ask him where
his supervisor was and you know what he said? - doing the same thing!!

it was the warmest outpouring of love and help i think i have ever seen

myself and many many folks will be forever grateful for the dedication
and displays of service well beyond the call of duty for a long time :wink:
 

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Been wondering about how you fared the cane :?: :?:

Know a guy that was stationed at the Navy air baase he said it's all but destroyed & will take years to return it to fully operational status.
 
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