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OT:. Fang #2840872 03/10/17 10:49 PM
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Has anyone heard from Whitefang today?

Miss his wit

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Re: OT:. Fang [Re: DocPate] #2840903 03/11/17 12:29 AM
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It's rare for him to miss a day, not to mention 2 days. His last post was on the 8th. Hopefully he's OK.


"Treat your wife with honor, respect, and understanding as you live together so that you can pray effectively as husband and wife." 1 Peter 3:7
Re: OT:. Fang [Re: BiC] #2840935 03/11/17 08:38 AM
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HERE I IS! smile

First, I'd like to thank Doc for his concern and kind words( missing my "wit"). Usually, people tell me they're waiting to see the OTHER HALF of it! grin But, lemme 'splane....

Last Wednesday at 2:30 pm unusually high winds left 1 million DTE(Our electric/gas utility) customers without power. My power was gone until 10:30 last night. Unfortunately, it was accompanied by unusually cold temperatures( 18 degrees F last night) and I spent two days wearing two flannel shirts and my winter coat. And talk about BORING! Due to how cold it was inside the house, I couldn't even pass the time playing my guitar as the cold wouldn't do the axe any good, and hard to play with cold fingers anyway.

My biggest concern was that since my wife's stroke, she's left bedbound and on a liquid diet that calls for the use of a pump to help deliver her "food" in thru a Peg tube. But luckily, the pump did have a battery backup, and it worked just fine through the ordeal. It was also good(for me) that I still possess a stovetop perculator, and did have enough sense to know I could light my stove with a match or lighter.

Haven't gone through anything like this since the early 2000's when seven or so Northeastern states went off the grid in one of the biggest blackouts in recent history. But, it was summertime then, and after the last few days I'll say I prefer hot over cold anytime. Especially since I'm on Coumadin therapy and even "a bit nippy" feels arctic.

But, I sure am glad to be back among y'all smile
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Re: OT:. Fang [Re: whitefang] #2840969 03/11/17 12:29 PM
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Glad you're back on board Fang, to wit [pun intended] back on the forum and hopefully now have your heat back on! cool


Take care, Larryz
Re: OT:. Fang [Re: Larryz] #2840989 03/11/17 02:00 PM
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Ahhh, the world returns to normal

Glad you survived the weather.

Re: OT:. Fang [Re: Larryz] #2841021 03/11/17 03:47 PM
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Originally Posted By: Larryz
Glad you're back on board Fang, to wit [pun intended] back on the forum and hopefully now have your heat back on! cool


Came back on last night. When it did the temp in the house was 42 and I spent 20 minutes sitting in front of a register. grin

Yeah Doc, things are back to normal. Well, as far as the daily living goes. wink
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Re: OT:. Fang [Re: whitefang] #2841031 03/11/17 04:51 PM
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We're glad you and your beloved weathered the storm. thu


"Treat your wife with honor, respect, and understanding as you live together so that you can pray effectively as husband and wife." 1 Peter 3:7
Re: OT:. Fang [Re: BiC] #2841134 03/12/17 08:28 AM
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Tell ya what though(and this isn't spam), if I wasn't renting, I'd seriously consider calling the GENERAC people. wink

This all reminded me of something else......

We had a big blow in this area back in 1980, and though the area I was living then(same city) was only out of power for 12 hours, my Grandmother's street was down for a week. The guy two doors down from her had a freezer full of meat, and by the third day or so, held a big "block barbeque" so as to avoid wasting all the meat by throwing it out. grin And at my house, the day WE were out, I went into the bathroom and noticed the last one in there didn't flush. This was a STRICT rule in the house for the kids. So I went out and asked, "Who didn't flush when they were done?" and my younger daughter( four at the time, 3 months away from her 5th birthday) sheepishly raised her hand and confessed. So when asked why, she explained----"Well, the "LETRICITY" is out, so I didn't think it WOULD flush!" grin

I had to laugh. I mean, what's a 4 year old going to think? Everything that's vital to the house runs on "letricity". The refrigerator that keeps the food fresh, the washer and dryer, TV, stereo, if it gets dark you turn on the electric lights, etc., so it's no stretch to figure a 4 year old would think the toilet does too.

That was 37 years ago and I STILL tease her about it! wink
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Re: OT:. Fang [Re: whitefang] #2841154 03/12/17 02:02 PM
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If you lived in my neck of the woods and were on a well, she would have been right LOL! That's when you know you need to contact Generac. The minimum to run a well is 4,000 watts. Since you have city water, you don't have to worry about flushing a toilet as they pump it for you...if you have gas or propane you will still have hot water and can cook on the stove...if you want to play that acoustic guitar in the cold, you will need to buy a wood stove! Having a generator for the refrigerator and freezer is a great way to keep your food (fresh and frozen) from spoiling. And don't forget those tire chains!


Take care, Larryz
Re: OT:. Fang [Re: Larryz] #2841190 03/12/17 06:09 PM
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Fang = The Man !



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Re: OT:. Fang [Re: d / halfnote] #2841211 03/12/17 09:18 PM
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Yep, d, and I said it before.

That's just WHERE I took the name from! wink

A soupy fan since pre school and just LOVED Whitefang too! grin
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Re: OT:. Fang [Re: whitefang] #2841228 03/12/17 11:22 PM
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Whitefang, my power went out Wednesday afternoon, and didn't come back on until Thursday early afternoon. I can relate to what you had to go through.


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I have no idea what they're doing, and I'm beginning to suspect they don't either.

After the power in my area returned the other night, it was on for three hours and went off again for about 15 minutes. Then last night, it went OUT again for almost a MINUTE!

Just long enough to mess up my electric digital clocks! mad

Sure enough, if I wasn't renting I'd have already put in a call to GENERAC wink And another thing....

Back in '84, my ex's brother moved into a brand new home built that year in a brand new subdivision in Brownstown, a city about 15 miles south of mine. And ALL that stuff; power lines, phone and cable, were located underground. I think each city in each county that was affected should work with county and state to help with funding and planning to convert those services to that. Next door, in ALLEN PARK, MI, they have to wait for power restoration due to several of those old wooden poles having had the TOPS snapped off in the high winds!
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Re: OT:. Fang [Re: whitefang] #2841710 03/14/17 09:53 PM
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Fang, we lost power in Mid-Michigan as well. To verify his report, it was really cold, too (I live about two hours away from Whitefang). Four days, three nights, no power.

Sorry to hear about your wife, too. Power outages are much more difficult when there are medical needs in the house. I had two, but nothing as serious. Glad you made it through.

Re: OT:. Fang [Re: ajm558] #2841799 03/15/17 09:40 AM
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Thanks AJM. Glad YOU made it through too.

Luckily, my fridge was sparse and I didn't have to throw out a lot of expensive foodstuffs.

And whereabouts in mid-Michigan are you? My Atlas isn't handy and there are several possibilities in the "two hour" range. smile
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Midland. Take 75 north to Bay City. Hang a Louie on 10.

Re: OT:. Fang [Re: ajm558] #2842111 03/16/17 08:18 AM
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OK. Know that area a bit. Used to take 75 north to 10(louie wink ) to the Sanford exit to get to my brother in law's place in Gladwin. He's gone now, and his widow lives in Southwest Detroit with their daughter, but a niece still lives there on M-61 somewhere. Used to make a lot of "Highway 61" jokes about it with them wink
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