Hurricane Irma hit my neighborhood hard. We were under 21 inches of water, had no electricity, water or food. Things are finally starting to get back to normal around here.
Things weren’t so bad when Irma started. We still had power in our house and even though the street was flooded it was nowhere near our house. As the storm continued to rage on the water levels rose and it got so bad that we couldn’t leave our home for three days after the storm had passed. The water came all the way up to our front door and our garage was completely flooded. We didn’t think it was as bad as it was until we went through our things yesterday. We had to throw 90% of everything in our garage away. Since we moved and didn’t have a chance to unpack everything we lost some important things. Clothes, shoes, electronic machines that we use in our family business, and our kids beds.
It hurt putting all of their things on trash pile, but I’m thankful that no one here was hurt and that we’re all okay. We were without power for a few days after Irma hit and we even had some downed power lines in our area too. The other day we had to throw all of our food away because it had spoiled. That brings me to something that I never expected would happen to me. Some employees from Tommy Hilfiger were in our area helping a fellow employee clean up their house after the storm.
One of the employees asked me if I was alright and we started talking for a bit. She offered me $40 to buy food, but I didn’t want to take it at first because I don’t like accepting money from people. She told me that if I didn’t take it she would just leave it on my doorstep. Her name is Diana and she’s the general manager of Tommy Hilfiger. That wasn’t all she did for us though. A little later while we were cleaning out our garage she approached us again and gave us her lunch that she had along with some water and Gatorade. Diana if you’re reading this thank you for your kindness. If there’s a God you certainly earned his blessing yesterday with your kind acts towards my family and me.
Since I’ve been without power for awhile I spent most of my time reading. I read Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski and I’m halfway through Time of Contempt. Blood of Elves is the weakest book I’ve read from Sapkowski so far. I’m in love with Time of Contempt though. Before my 3DS died on me I was playing through Pokemon Y. I also put a lot hours into Disgaea 5 on the Switch.
When we moved to this neighborhood we had no idea that it would get flooded so badly. I don’t see us living here for very long. Whenever a big storm hits we’ll have to evacuate and hope we don’t lose everything in our home. The water was so high that I saw people rowing their boats down the block so they could get a cold beer from each other. Hurricane Irma really fucked everyone up. My family isn’t the only one that suffered from this storm. We all did and I hope everyone is okay. I hope everyone’s electricity comes back on soon because sleeping in a 95 degree room isn’t fun. Watching my oldest son sweat in his sleep is something that brought tears to me eyes because I knew he suffering. Watching my wife cry at the sight of me throwing all of things away in our garage was tough, but everything is replaceable. We’re okay and I’m thankful for that. It’s going to take some time to get everything back, but at least we’re okay.
This has been a tough time for us here. I’m glad that I can get back to things here because it’s therapeutic for me. It helps me clear my head and not have to worry about all of the real life shit that I’m going through right now.
What you guys been up to?