The Daily EO: September 13th, 2012

I felt ambivalent about the drive to Vancouver the next day.  It’s long, but not really that long.  Long enough to listen to about 3 hours of music, 1 1/2 hours singing along to Ragtime – my favorite musical – and 3 vinyl café episodes.  But not so long that you need to start out at the break of dawn or drive into the night.  I had been somewhat anticipating the drive all week.  Emile left ahead of me, and I am anxious for things to get started.   But at the same time, I like Cranbrook and hanging out at home.

Home is stable.  It doesn’t require me to learn the streets, or figure out who my dentist will be.  I know where to get things, I know where to park if I want to head to the bank.  It’s easy because I lived it.  Vancouver not so much.

I put off packing much to my mother’s consternation.  She asked me several times if I needed help.  I think she didn’t like see things left undone when they could be . . . well.. .  done.

September 13, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  Cranbrook isn’t home anymore.

The Daily EO: July 20th, 2012

Mostly pictures today because my words will not convey the whole story.   There is always a sense of community when these things happen and soon after the storm during our drive around town, neighbours with chain saws were helping each other out.  Trees blocking roads were quickly dispatched by citizens.  There is still a lot of clean up to do, and many places do not have power yet, but the town is returning to normal.

July 20th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  Massive Wind Storm Blew through Cranbrook (and much of the interior of British Columbia) taking our multiple trees and leaving 1000s without power.  No injuries in Cranbrook, one death in the province.

Trees on an SUV
Crushed Garage and Roof Damage on the House (three doors up the street from our house)
Nervous Sleeping Tonight (across the street from our house)
Ripped up Sidewalk
Crushed Beverage Cart and Golf Cart at Cranbrook Golf Course
My Brother Surveying Damage at Back Shop (he’s the manager) at Cranbrook Golf Course
Asphalt Ripped Like Paper
Tree on Club House at Cranbrook Golf Course (that’s me and my brother gawking to give you an idea of the size of the trees going down)
Massive Roots Ripped from the Ground
Roofing Ripped off Apartment Building
Tree on Power Lines

PS – a 100′ 75 year old grand old pine was removed from our yard about 3 months ago.  It is likely it would have toppled if it were still standing doing much damage to either our home or our neighbours:

100′ tree Removed from our house.