Since the last point that I made an entry in my blog, there has been a lot of events that have gotten in the way of my ability to continue. Though it may be a bit of a detour of the purpose of my blog, I figured I would share the story, so that those who have stuck around since the intro don’t have to think that I have completely abandoned the idea of being able to write about my interests. Not long after I wrote the first piece, we had a pretty crazy storm here. Not only was I out of internet access for a period of time, but my home also suffered some damage as a result.
Outside of my home, which was passed down from my parents, we have a giant tree that has been there since I was a child. In the ensuing storm, it got knocked over and tumbled onto my roof. This cause a significant amount of damage to the roof of my home, and also created a full hole that the storm proceeded to dump a bunch of water into my home through. I had two levels of damage, to the floor, ceilings, drywall, and more. It was an utter mess the night after the storm. You never quite prepare yourself for trying to deal with the aftermath of this, and especially how you’re going to get any sleep when trying to get professionals on site, and trying to protect your home at the same time.
I must have looked like quite the sight when the construction people came to my home the next day. Water and debris everywhere, I hadn’t slept in almost a complete day, and just, all the bad things you could imagine. The funny thing, is that on that day, one of the cell phones I ordered to do a review on came in. It was like a mockery in a UPS package as I simply tossed it aside and wondered what the heck I was going to do to fix my house.
I wound up spending several days on the phone with my insurance company, giving quotes back and forth, trying to find a company that could do the work for the quote my insurance gave me, and a bunch of other headaches. I’m still in the process of going through that now, and wondering what steps I need to take. As an engineer, I look at the problem, and try to formulate the solution, but I’m no carpenter or construction worker, and I have no idea the actual amount of work that has to go into fixing the issue.
I had had the issue with the actual tree dealt with, so that’s a pretty good start. The arborists came and chopped it all down, and ground it to mulch. A tree that has been on this property more years than I have been alive, I was sad to see it go, but also a little angry that it had to destroy part of the house in the process.