‘Blow Wind Blow’

It happened quickly, and it’s taking a long time to get back to normal. Early last Friday, about 2 a.m., the Texas Gal roused me from sleep, turning on a light. “Did you hear that?” I’d heard nothing, but once awake, I heard high winds outside. Then came some ominous noises right near the front of the house, and the light flickered and then failed.

So began three days without power and running water (we have a well and rely on an electric pump to get water to the house). During those three days, a crew hired by our landlord cleaned up two downed trees and several large limbs from other trees in our yard. Along the way, an electrical surge fried several of our appliances and some of our consumer electronics as well.

But it should end today. We got power Sunday night, air conditioning yesterday afternoon, and hot water last night, and we’re expecting delivery of a new refrigerator in the next few hours. We have a couple of new clock radios, and we’ll continue to catalog our losses and replace what we can when we can. But that’s just stuff. The most important thing is that the Texas Gal and I – and the four catboys – are all fine. And tomorrow, perhaps I won’t be so weary and can tell the tale of the weekend – or another tale – with more energy.

In the meantime, here’s a tune with an utterly apt title: “Blow Wind Blow” by Dr. John from his 1972 album Dr. John’s Gumbo.

2 Responses to “‘Blow Wind Blow’”

  1. Yah Shure says:

    Sorry to hear about the storm-inflicted damage, but am happy to hear you’re all okay. Here in the Cities, that 3:50 A.M. wake-up thunder turned into a daily routine for awhile. No power outages at the Shure residence, but nearly 600,000 other customers haven’t as fortunate.

    I’m a bit surprised that you’d be on well water within the city limits. Should the well or pump ever fail, would your landlord be required to switch over to city water, or does the St. Cloud aqueduct not yet extend to your place?

  2. Paco Malo says:

    “Blow Wind Blow
    All my Troubles Away
    Blow Wind Blow
    Until Judgment Day.”

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