<![CDATA[Well, not yet, but the newspapers are warning people about unexploded munitions from nearby testing ranges washing up on shore. Oh brother. Just what I need, a 16-inch battleship round floating up around here.
I spent several hours mucking in the muck before I gave up. I need dump trucks, not wheelbarrows. It’s a massive undertaking, far beyond a shovel and my dad helping. I think we’ll get moving on the professional option shortly.]]>
<![CDATA[Nearly every post for the last week or so has dealt with the Hurricane. Unfortunately, nearly every thought I've had over the past few weeks has been about the hurricane. Now that the house is damaged, I'm still concentrating on rebuilding and filing insurance and all that, but I have other things I'd rather be doing. Work is on hold this week, and I haven't had a chance to even think about doing something relaxing. I really need a bit of a vacation.]]>
<![CDATA[Since I left college, I've been a bicycle messenger, computer systems manager, a legislative assistant, unemployed, a legislative director, a law student, a webmaster, an attorney, a counsel, a chief executive officer, a president, a founder, a director of technology, and a consultant. Today I take on my most difficult task of all:
Due to the hurricane, I have a gaping 25 x 25 foot hole in the back of the seawall where the house’s stormwater drain system used to be. This supersaturated soil is now a bundle of quicksand and I need to put in some tiling pipes before we get our next big rain. I put it off yesterday, but I think today is going to be a very muddy experience. Maybe I should set up a ditch digger cam.]]>
<![CDATA[Well, it was quite a storm. I've managed to put a few pictures online from the day's events, though I saved the photos of my crazy friends trying to stand in the 60kt winds. The seawall you see below took quite a beating, and I have insurance and FEMA people on the way to take a look at it. Nothing severe, as the wall is still standing, but most of the backfill is now out to sea and I have to find some way to get some lateral support back to the house.
Waves over the seawall
End of the stairs
Posts just barely above water
Fire Station in North Beach
Rippled Boardwalk. The soil underneath was eroded.
Boardwalk top ripped off
Bayfront homes (same boardwalk) are damaged
<![CDATA[Isabel has past and I have returned. We had some damage to our roof, including some leaks, but nothing like the damage down in North Beach. Entire homes were destroyed just a few miles away.
Our seawall was clobbered by damage, and I’m not entirely sure where to start to bring it back to snuff. We’ll see what we can put together and try to get some pictures up. Nearly every dock on the bay has floated by in the past few days…in pieces…]]>
<![CDATA[I'm in London, due to the stupidity of British Air. BA sucks for anyone wanting to know, but anyway.
I have a lot to say about England, but my mind is still on Isabel. The forecast from the Wunderground shows 60 mph winds or so, which is pretty intense conditions. I would kind of like to experience this, but know it is safer being here and having my family safely stored away somewhere else.
More updates from the two crazy guys watching my house as they become available.]]>
<![CDATA[Computer Models are showing the tracks move into North Carolina and away from the western shore of the Chesapeake, but I’m still not convinced. I think the London trip might be put off for a week or so.
I’ve spending a lot of time reading some amateur meteorologist information which has some interesting data about computer modeling. It’s amazing how much can and cannot be predicted.
I asked my mother-in-law if they ever had a typhoon in her hometown in China. She said once, when she was much younger, a storm came out of no where and killed hundreds. There was simply no warning whatsoever. And you wonder why those old storms in 20’s killed thousands. No satellites, no computer models, no radio bouys. ]]>
<![CDATA[The plywood arrives tomorrow, but I'm already puting up some bracing over the windows so we can nail the plywood on rather quickly. I was down at the seawall this morning securing the top layer of wood (so it won't float away) but a couple of the bolts got stuck and stripped my socket wrench (drat). I'm now off to buy some more screws and tarps and anything else that might be necessary.
Computer models continue to put it into NC, but a strike on the Bay is still possible. The airline will credit my flight with no charge (thank you BA) but I have a lot of reasons why I should go this week.
Man this sucks. Drat Drat Drat. I just know I’ll probably stay and then it will end up missing us completely. It’s not like I can do anything to stop it from hitting my house or not hitting my house, it’s just being there for the recovery (if needed).
More to follow.]]>
<![CDATA[Well, that's the question of the week. Storms are a coming, but whether I can really influence them in any way by being here is another matter. I can stay and watch the whole thing, which would be cool, but, well...I don't know....
<![CDATA[New computer models show Hurricane Isabel will pass basically right outside my window. In fact, if I was in my house at the time, I could probably witness the eye of the storm. (I'll be in London).
Nonentheless, today is a hardware day. I’m off to the store to buy some plywood, tarps, a generator, and a few other things. I really have very little idea what it would be like to be here in the storm (kind of fun) but I think I’ll take a pass. I’ll try to leave the window cam running while I’m away so people can see what it’s like.