Daily Thoughts

Sometimes you see things that you’ve never seen before.

Many years ago, we were on a major road in Charlotte (NC).  We were stopped at a stoplight and we were about the 4th car back.  The car behind us became impatient and decided to do something about it.  The driver (I thought was a young person) drove off the road to the right and went on the sidewalk  He proceeded to drive on the sidewalk until he came to the gas station on the corner and then he turned right and sped off.  Our mouths dropped open!  We were glad that there weren’t people walking on the sidewalk at that time.

Hurricane Hugo hit Charlotte (NC) around 1987 in the fall.  The weather reports warned that the hurricane was coming and they told the coastal areas of South and North Carolina to prepare.  It was going to be a “bad” one.  The hurricane decided to change paths that night and it hit Charlotte (for those of you who don’t know where Charlotte is-it is not by the coast-250 miles from the coast).  We went to bed & Kathryn and I woke up when outside sounded like a huge, very loud train was coming through our house. We were scared. Jeff slept on!!   Kathryn and I didn’t sleep well the rest of the night.  We woke up and there was no power.  We could not see outside to tell what kind of damage was done to our house/yard.  Finally the sun came up and we looked out in the yard-there were at least 20 tall pine trees down in our yard.  Everyone else in the neighbor had many trees down also. The house was not damaged but several trees hit our fence.  Hurricane Hugo hit Charlotte hard.  There were trees of all sizes and shapes down everywhere-in yards, on cars/houses, and on the streets. We did have a radio and listened to the directions etc.. for the emergency. The city of Charlotte was totally shut down because of trees everywhere and no power.  Jeff’s mom and dad lived in Mobile AL and they were used to having hurricanes and knew how to prepare for them. (We could have asked them what to do to prepare.)  No one in Charlotte knew that the hurricane was going to veer there.  It’s very hard to understand how bad things can get when there isn’t any power anywhere!  No gas station could open because you need electricity to pump the gas up from the tanks.  For the first few days, no one could drive anywhere anyway because of all the trees on the roads.  Even emergency vehicles couldn’t get through.  After the sun came up,  you could hear only one thing-the sound of chainsaws.  Everyone that had one was out trying to clear the roads.  Jeff had one and thank goodness he had some gas. He cut all our trees into logs and stacked them up in a row in front of our house.  You couldn’t go to the grocery for food/water because the doors were electric and all the cash registers are electric.  People wanted to buy chainsaws etc.. and they couldn’t.  Finally some managers opened the grocery stores and let one family in at a time and used handheld calculators to add up the groceries. All stores made calls to other towns not hit by the hurricane to bring water, food, and supplies like chainsaws to Charlotte.   We opened our big freezer and took every thing out.  We were lucky that we had gas hot water and an in-ground gas grill.  We grilled all the food that we could.  At least we could take hot showers.  All schools were cancelled for more than a week.  We called our families and told them that we were OK.  We had a burner on our gas grill and at least we could heat up soup and things like that.  Our power was only out for 3 days-we were lucky ones.  Some people didn’t have power for one week or even 2 weeks.  We had candles and flashlights but many people did not.  The way society is now electricity is essential to everything.

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