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Fw: Re: Scottie

I thought you would all like to read the message Scottie sent. (See below) 
Scottie, I am so glad to hear you survived Ike without too much damage.  Would
love to see you come back to gardenchat.   

--- On Mon, 11/3/08, Scottie wrote:

Donna, and All at Garden Chat,
Thanks so much for thinking about us.  We had very little damage either to the
house or the boat.  Gary boarded up all the windows and climbed up on the roof
to trim all the limbs from the oak that hung over the house before the storm. 
Although many boats at our marina sank and others suffered much damage,
Betelgeuse came through with flying colors.  She lost her bimini, but it was
15 years old, and I'd been planning to make a new one for a while now, so I
guess I'll have to actually get out the Sunbrella and the commercial sewing
machine and get to work.
At the house, we lost two panels of fence on the east, and two on the south. 
The two on the east had been leaning badly for a year, and Gary and our
neighbor replaced most of that fence, and they repaired/replaced the south
fence, and split the cost on that since it was adjoining property.
We had no power from Saturday morning until sometime Wednesday, and they
picked up the debris early the next week.  The Library was closed for a week
because we had no power and no internet connection (libraries are no longer
for books, but for computers), and Gary got power back at his job on the
Thursday after the storm.  So we had it really easy at our house, although
some neighbors lost trees and there are a few blue roofs around.
In Dickinson where I work, however, it's a different story.  Many people lost
their homes from flooding, many homes were heavily damaged by falling trees, a
few still don't have their phones working.  And right next to Galveston Bay in
the communities of San Leon, Bacliff, Shore Acres, and Seabrook families are
living in tents and cars because their homes were totally destroyed by the
storm surge.  FEMA hasn't been as kind to Texas as they were to New Orleans.  
I was in Galveston last week, and part of it look like a battle ground (or how
I envision a battle ground -- I've never actually seen one).
I was especially fortunate.  I had planned a trip to Seattle to visit my
sister, who I hadn't seen since 2002, and was supposed to leave on the Monday
after the storm.  That flight was cancelled, so I left on Tuesday and returned
the following Sunday.  I had a wonderful time enjoying the great Northwestern
climate and wonderful reunion with Shellie and her family, returning just in
time to get back to the Library and get the computer network up and running
It's good to hear from you and to know that Garden Chat is still going
strong.  Maybe I'll sign up again!

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