Phantasm Wind Storm And The Victorinox Maneuver

Those of us in Michigan found ourselves treated to a wind storm last week that nearly gave the film Twister a run for its money. No, we didn’t have funnels—or funnel cakes, which would have been preferable because they’re delicious with a little powdered sugar—but we did have 16 hours of constant wind that tended to gust between 40 and 60mph. Yes, 16 hours of it. I believe estimates were mentioned at 1 million folks being left without power. Even now as I write this, Sunday evening, there are still many folks whose houses remain without power.

My mother went four days with no power. Rather, her house did. I finally convinced her she and the dog should come to my place and stay. This is the first time the block I live on actually didn’t lose power. First time in three years. Seriously. A pin drops and we lose power. This time, though, we managed to hold on. I didn’t use my main computer system the day of the storm since I’m editing, and if I’m editing, lose power, and the system dies, there go any edits I didn’t get to save. And I’ll scream. Big time.

Mom’s house had a few upturned shingles I took care of, and some of her neighbors had siding ripped off. Our house? Have you ever wondered what it might sound like if a giant was trying to rip your shingles off, and then actually manages to? That’s what I listened to, and was powerless to stop. A chunk of our roof was bare the next morning. My neighbors suggested calling the insurance company and making a claim, which never crossed my mind. I did. It’s been 5 days and I’m still waiting for them to send someone over.

Fortunately, I’m not entirely stupid. My neighbor gave me a hand and we replaced the shingles with extra ones my father-in-law stored in the garage. So, thanking my lucky stars he saved everything! We have snow coming the next couple of days, and with no word from the insurance company, I wasn’t about to leave the house exposed to the elements.

Meanwhile, His Majesty was in Switzerland for work. I replaced shingles. He shopped. We’ve been doing a ‘thing’ this year by tracking every purchase, and making sure if we buy something, it’s really someone we want/need. It’s been a fantastic exercise, and has us saving a nice chunk of money. Except he texted me and mentioned he stopped in at a Victorinox store and was, in his words, “Bad. Very bad.” Then came the picture, and another text stating “I love you.”

He only texts the full phrase when he’s been naughty and feels guilty.

I texted him a picture right back.

His response? “Well played, Herr Alan. Well played.” And here I was wondering how I was going to be able to justify that Phantasm Blu-Ray box set. Well, wonder no more. That puppy will be mine!

It looks as if we’re going to have to have a new roof put on this year. I honestly don’t know how old the other one is, but my neighbor seems to think it’s around fifteen years. And, hey, I know what I’ll be watching when the contractor is doing the work!

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Comment by Lois Wickstrom on March 13, 2017 at 11:50am

I do hope the insurance company refunds your expenses.

Glad you had the supplies necessary to DIY.

Comment by Kage Alan on March 13, 2017 at 12:14pm

The insurance finally called this morning. And when I explained who I was in relation to my husband, the explained my name wasn't on the policy, and could only talk to me if he called and gave them the okay. Makes sense, but am still glad now my neighbor and I fixed the roof considering we have an inch of snow now sitting on it.

Comment by Rosigami on March 13, 2017 at 1:16pm

You've had a tough winter for sure. But aren't they all, out there in the cold, cold State of Michigan?
I like that reciprocal relationship you have when it comes to spending. Seems fair to me!
Enjoy your new movies!

Comment by Foolish Monkey on March 13, 2017 at 1:28pm

the best insurance company is Ameriprise THROUGH costco.  it's worth the membership cost if you are a homeowner.  we had that strange wet snow storm six or seven years ago where the trees froze in Oct while the leaves were still on them and branhes and trunks snapped on a number of trees.  our home suffered substantial damage.  they inspected us within 48 hours. and we were allowed to add to our claim as we discovered more damage as the snow melted or damage came to light, like broken panes of glass, etc.

they're the best.  it's the costco thing.

Comment by Foolish Monkey on March 13, 2017 at 1:29pm

ps.  we've had wind howling for a couple of weeks.  I've never heard anything like it.

take a lot of pictures.  and I'd tarp that roof, just because.  but I'm a nervous nelly. 

Comment by koshersalaami on March 14, 2017 at 8:39am

Scary to live through that wind and hear it taking shingles. If power lines are above ground, weather takes them out fast. 

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