Thursday, September 21, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Still Not There Yet

AT&T keeps coming up with new ways to avoid telling me when I’ll get phone and internet back.  Yesterday in an on-line chat, “Ashley” asked for a contact number so they could text me when service is restored.  I gave her my cell phone number noting that “It’s a Verizon number.  They never went down during the storm.  Ironic, huh?”  She was not amused.

One the good news front, Bob and The Old Professor finally got power yesterday, ten days after the lights went out.  They still don’t have cable TV, but they have the internet and clean clothes.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Getting Into Training

One of the benefits of being Officially Old is that I am now eligible for Miami-Dade Transit’s Golden Passport.  It allows me to ride the county’s Metrorail system for free, and for $11.25 a month, I can park at a nearby garage and take the train.  So instead of spending $30 a week on a tank of gas and driving 38 miles round-trip (not to mention fighting the legendary traffic of Miami), I will have a commute of 12 miles round-trip to the station.  The Metro Mover drops me practically at the front door of my office in the morning and a shuttle van drops me off at the station in the afternoon.  Meanwhile, my car is in a secure and covered parking lot.

I could get very used to this.

Not There Yet

Still no AT&T service at the house nine days after it went out in the storm.  Compare that with Florida Power & Light, which got power back to my neighborhood in three days, and Comcast, which did it in five.  (FPL is still out in certain neighborhoods around the area, including Bob’s, so they’re not out of the woods, so to speak.)  So I’m still on a limited blogging schedule.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Back To Work

Schools are reopening here in Miami-Dade County.  The roads are cleared and only one of the 350+ facilities is without power — an elementary school — so the students are being sent to a high school until power is restored.

And now we have another hurricane in the Atlantic.

I am still without internet at home so the abbreviated schedule here will continue.  Thanks for your patience.  I miss you, too.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

A Tall Pike Place With Cream

AT&T is still off-line at the house so I have no landline and no internet.  Cable is back but TiVo can’t update without the internet, so I’ve been doing a lot of writing, reading, and I saw “Hidden Figures” on HBO (highly recommended).

AT&T is not yet giving me any idea of when they will get to my neighborhood or street or house,  so I have decamped to the local beanery, aka Starbucks at US 1 and SW 148th Street in Pinecrest.  I am not the only one here who came for the WiFi.

I have been told to report back to work tomorrow (Monday), so I will be posting from there — when I’m off-duty, of course — and I hope that sometime in the next week I’ll get the phone line back.  Until then, I’ll see you when I can.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

Comparative Silence

As of this morning I still don’t have landline phone, internet, or cable TV at home.  And I really don’t miss it all that much.  While the power was out I read several books, including “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” and an unauthorized biography of Broadway producer David Merrick, who was basically Donald Trump without the charm.  When the sun set, I went to bed.

Now the I have power, I got some writing done last night and watched some episodes of “The West Wing” on DVD on my computer.  But being without the electronic links — or leashes — to the outside world has its advantages, and while I’d like them back sometime soon, it’s not like I’m dying for a fix.  I have a lot more books I can read for the first time and I can enjoy, as Lawrence and Lee noted in “Inherit the Wind,” the charm of distance.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

I Had It Easy

First, thank you for your good thoughts and wishes.  As CLWill noted via my texts, I made it through the storm with barely a scratch on the house and some judicious tree-trimming by Irma.  I got power back yesterday (Wednesday) around noon and the house is cooling off and the moisture is being removed.

But what I went through is nothing compared to what many endured and suffered both here in Florida and through the Caribbean.  I have friends in the Keys who lost not only their home but their livelihood.  The last I heard from them is that they evacuated to South Carolina and will not be returning because they have nothing to return to.  The strain and sorrow is permanent for them.

I can count my blessings and be grateful that all I lost were frozen foods and I can mutter about the inconvenience of no power for 78 hours and no internet or cable still.  But at least I have a place to sleep and a place to wait for the service to be restored and familiar surroundings and friends to thank for providing me with a place to be during the storm.

If you are so inclined, please find a way to help out the people who really suffered during this time both here and abroad.  Listings of resources such as reliable charities can be found everywhere on the internet.

I will try to resume blogging on a regular schedule once the little “Broadband” light on my router at home turns from flashing red to steady green.  Until then, I’ll be on limited schedule.

Thanks again.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Checking In

Hello, readers, your humble site admin checking in on behalf of Bobby. He reports that Chez BBWW is undamaged by Irma, no flooding or major damage — almost as if some force field protected it. Significant tree and branch debris are all around but the only notable damage is a fence hurt by falling limbs.

There is no power, and hence no internet. Yet, being a rather independent sort, and with food, flashlights, and books, he’s moving back home. He notes that he will post here personally as soon as power and internet are restored. Your many best wishes are much appreciated.


Sunday, September 10, 2017

We’re Okay

I’m taking a moment to report that we — me, Bob, the Old Professor, Benjamin the Beagle and Madam the Cat — made it through Hurricane Irma with minimum of both structural and personal damage.  The power went out at 6:26 a.m. and the worst of the weather came through between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.  We’ve opened up the house, cranked up the generator and have connected the icebox, a toaster oven, a light, and the VOIP box which gives us both internet and phone service.

We have not had a lot of outside communication; the TV stations have been simulcasting on local radio, but it hasn’t been very helpful when they’re describing things we can’t see.  We do know that the storm hit Cudjoe Key at 9:10 a.m. and basically submerged the lower Keys before moving on to Naples and the west coast.  I hope they can make it through without tremendous loss of life and property.

I’m going to keep posting to a minimum until things are more settled.  I don’t know when I’ll be moving back home; I don’t know the condition of my home.  My neighbors and landlord know how to contact me, and I have a friend in the county police force who can get through if need be. Thanks in advance for your thoughts and wishes.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Hurricane Irma Update 11

Here’s the 8 p.m. from NOAA.  Rain bands and heavy weather has been moving in from the Atlantic as the feeder bands (a great name for an indy rock group, according to a friend) generate tornadoes and high winds.

This will be the last update tonight from me, but the link to NOAA is live and updated. I hope that we still have power when I get up in the morning.  If not, I will get word to my brother who will let you know our status here in suburban Miami.

I have a friend who is an officer with Miami-Dade Metro Police.  He stopped by to check out my house a couple of hours ago and said everything is okay.  That was before the heavier rains came, but my concern was the storm surge.  I hope that his good news holds.  (Thank you, MR.)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Hurricane Irma Update 10

This is the 8:00 p.m. view from NOAA.  It shows further western movement, which bodes well for Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties, but not at all good for the Keys, most of which are just a few feet above sea level, and the west coast with Naples, Sarasota, and Tampa-St. Pete in the line of fire.

This is my last update for the night.  See you in the morning.

Legend: M: Major Hurricane; H: Hurricane; S: Tropical Storm; D: Tropical Depression.