Blogging Rita- final part


Power has just come back on and I must say it’s been an emotional roller coaster having come from what was projected to hit us to what we actually experienced.  We have received virtually no rain except a few sprinkles, the wind is still occasionally gusting but has quieted for the most part.  Our yard is littered with tree limbs but there is no damage I can find for which we are very thankful.

On the geek side I can’t tell you how glad I am to have two batteries for my Tablet PC, I used it sparingly to get weather updates and light blogging and had only just switched out my first battery when the power came back on.  This HP tc1100 gets phenomenal battery life when optimized for such.  At times the Verizon EVDO had connection problems but I never failed to eventually get in and when I did I experienced full EVDO speed which is fast.

With power off and no air conditioning earlier today when the winds died down to a safe level at least 10 children came out of their homes to play at the end of my street.  The sad part is I haven’t seen these kids playing outside for months.  Makes you think.

I wish to thank everyone all over the world who has expressed their concerns for our situation.  Friends can help make any situation brighter, even when confronting the giant.  I am very touched by all who have contacted me to offer support.  I feel very blessed.



Glad to see you made it through unscathed. It’s crazy in such times of disaster that you can count on such basic utilities as power to fail you, but your EVDO wireless continued to work more or less throughout. I think it says a lot about how fragile our national infrastructure is for utilities, etc.

Keep us updated, and my best wishes to your family and neighbors (Yes, weird that after 10 months of absence, your neighbors’ kids come out to play now…).

Chris Davies

Very pleased to hear you and your family made it through unscathed, jk, and that the tablet served you well. A post about the austere power settings would make for interesting reading (I’m a fellow tc1100 user)… once the yard is tidied up, of course!


Unfortunately what was good for me meant it hit many people who were not expecting it. Bittersweet victory.


so glad you’r all ok, have been away all day and the first thing I did when I got home was to check in to make sure you were all ok. Our thoughts have been with you all over there.

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