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I've been away for a while. So much going on, all pretty much sucky.

 

On the 19th, my home got flooded by the rains from Imelda. It was as pretty isolated thing but 5 houses on our street flooded and there were some others in the neighborhood also. Although we've had two 1000-year flood events and two 500-year flood events in the past 5 years, we hadn't flooded in any of them. Not even Harvey. Our neighbors did, but not us. Until now.

 

Thursday was a blur. The water came in so fast. I saved all our board games from the flood waters. We have so many now, they don't fit on our current shelving, and so sit on the floor. Dangerous when you flood unexpectedly. I spent the next several hours trying to save anything and everything, while one dog followed me around forlornly and the other claimed a thick foam dog bed as her island and refused to move. My husband got stranded by high water trying to get home, locked his keys in the truck when checking the water level to see if it was passable, and then walked to the house in thigh-deep water and then back to the truck with spare keys. We grabbed all our most important treasures and moved out for the night, going to my in-laws house a few miles away.

 

Friday we spent waiting on the FEMA insurance adjuster to call us, spinning our wheels mostly. Saturday and Sunday we packed all our belongings, storing the ones that were ruined for cataloging. Dehumidifiers were moved in and 30 air movers were set on standby for when the walls were opened. We moved our furniture to the center of all the rooms and we moved all our stuff out. So much stuff. All in all, we got really lucky with the sentimental, irreplaceable things that you hope you don't forget about but inevitably do. Nearly all of that was saved. Monday the adjuster came and the meeting went well. We finished up our moving and packing and the cataloging and photographing of lost items began. Tuesday, the walls came out. 4 ft of drywall throughout. On Wednesday, the furniture was moved and the flooring came out. This hurt the most. These floors were original to our house, which had never flooded. 1958 narrow plank white oak hardwood floors. Now they're in a heap in our yard along with bags of wet drywall and insulation.  By Friday, I had completed the photographing and initial catalog of slimy, rotting, and molding items and the house was declared dry enough to remove the fans. Saturday, we took my dad to look at the house since he was in town. It's empty. It's a sad place now. It will take a long time to put it back together.

 

We spent this weekend sorting through our clothes and putting aside a lot of them to donate, which we did. We're determined to downsize on the stuff, which is hard for me as I'm a bit of a packrat. Perhaps by giving stuff away more good can come out of this that might have otherwise remained packed away and forgotten in a guest closet.

 

And this week it's been back to work and back to "normal". Emotionally, it's been hard. We're ahead of the game because some others on our street either have not started or only started the water remediation this past weekend. We're extremely fortunate. None of us were hurt. Our dogs are safe. Our tortoise is safe. We have a place to go. We didn't lose anything irreplaceable. I have a lot to be thankful for. We may even come out of the insurance claim ahead, thanks to having no prior claims and our expensive, beautiful, hardwood floors. But, I'm also at a loss. I feel loss. I don't know what to do now and it's hard to just be normal. 

 

I don't really know what the purpose is in sharing all this. We're okay and we're moving forward. That's the main thing. I'm trying very hard to be grateful and positive. We're very lucky despite everything. And yet, there is so much of this that just sucks. 

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Glad that you and your family are safe @Dicey. Hope you get everything sorted out and back to normal as soon as possible.

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Thanks, @Kuroneko. If we had a general contractor ready to move fast and start today (which we don't) we were told it would probably be 30 to 45 days to get back into the house. Right now, I'm just hoping to be back in my own house by Thanksgiving. Living with the in-laws (even though they're currently out of the country for the next 2 weeks) is hard. It will be harder when they're actually here. But, we're close to the house and have space and storage.

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@Dicey  Wow!  that is some busy activity.  I am heartened to hear you were able to save your most precious things.  I am a little surprised the flooring didn't survive, I have seen some survive pretty bad spots but never had experience with full submersion.

 

You have survived a true disaster.  It is pretty much expected to feel a sense of sadness and loss.  Eventually, it will get better and you will be feeling better about it.  I have some friends in New Orleans who had they're house flooded to the  4 foot level and it took a year before they fully recovered.  Give it time.

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S/o to the departed Bryan, who was obviously doing a hell of a job with the KS projects, the full extent of which is only obvious now that he's gone.

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20 minutes ago, Marvin said:

S/o to the departed Bryan, who was obviously doing a hell of a job with the KS projects, the full extent of which is only obvious now that he's gone.

 

I hope when I eventually leave my current position, I make as large a hole.

 

And might as well ping @7Ninjasinatrenchcoat so he may bask in the adoration.

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4 hours ago, Marvin said:

S/o to the departed Bryan, who was obviously doing a hell of a job with the KS projects, the full extent of which is only obvious now that he's gone.

Ladystorm did a great job on the updates too.  I sure miss that playful humor that was added in.  Those updates were always a joy to read, even if I wasn't a backer for that one. 

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Mom will be coming home from the hospital today, which is great news. I am exhausted from swapping out shifts at the hospital with my cousin Kathy. My sister is staying with mom tonight. 

 

 

But now I cant shut up the voice in my head that is continuously repeating "She almost died. She almost died."

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3 minutes ago, Argentee said:

But now I cant shut up the voice in my head that is continuously repeating "She almost died. She almost died."

 

Glad to hear things are looking better for her. ^^ This is a major problem for me a lot of the times. I can handle every crisis I've been hit with so far but then the instant reply/rewind runs in my head not letting me get over it for a long time. Sometimes it'll pop up years later. I spend a lot of time telling myself, "it's over and you dealt with it so let it go already." 

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22 minutes ago, buglips*the*goblin said:

Bryan no longer works for Reaper and hasn't for almost two years.  It's probably time to let it go.  

 

I think the complaint is that the communication has dropped significantly in quality since that departure, not that we’d want to magically wish him back into that position.

 

Maybe it’s too much to ask for news getting posted in a News section along with all the other little internet social media English muffin nooks and crannies.

 

Maybe the forums are a tiny outreach now, dwarfed by twitching books filled with faces. 

 

/had to use my breakfast in the post. We seem to be dropping in the number of food related posts.  

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I don't think there's anything of which to let go, really; the lackluster job of interacting with backers and keeping updates timely and exciting here for 5 just really shined a light for me on how well those duties were being executed before. I don't consider myself a fanboy by any stretch, but dude was obviously doing the company a huge service they've not managed to replicate yet.

 

S/o to ladystorm too if she had a hand in or was responsible for the updates.

 

 

They seem to be making big inroads with the Twitch crowd tho. I'm totally ignorant of its reach and power, I kinda just assumed it was kinda like streaming on Facebook, only of interest to and seen by a small number of people already on board, but others seem to think it's responsible for the big first day. If that's the case there's no arguing with the results.

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Trying to come up with good afternoon snacks to keep the kids motivated as we deal with round 2 of colds.  I have decided that today it's personal apple crisps.  Nothing says autumn like cinnamon and apples.  

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3 minutes ago, Pegazus said:

 

I think the complaint is that the communication has dropped significantly in quality since that departure, not that we’d want to magically wish him back into that position.

 

Maybe it’s too much to ask for news getting posted in a News section along with all the other little internet social media English muffin nooks and crannies.

 

Maybe the forums are a tiny outreach now, dwarfed by twitching books filled with faces. 

 

/had to use my breakfast in the post. We seem to be dropping in the number of food related posts.  

 

I know what the complaint is, it's one I have myself from time to time, but at this point, IMO, it's unseemly to continually reference an ex-employee two years after the fact.  This is not necessary to express one's views on communication issues.  While we have no reason to believe the departure was anything but amicable, we also don't know any details surrounding it.  I think it would therefore be best to not repeatedly nag the company over somebody no longer on the payroll or actively serving as spokesperson.  And I'm saying that as the guy who not only owns Bryan's actual, literal shoe but made an extra effort to save it from the burned-out ruins of my house.  I liked the guy enough to save his treasured used footwear.  But he's gone from the company, it's time to move on.  

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