I almost forgot that I was going to announce the winner of the “What’s wrong with this shirt?” contest on the Friday of Ike. I was …busy. Sorry.
There were 6 contestants with the right answer:
Here is a pic of Keelan selecting the winning name from the bowl!
And the winner is……. Susan Crosby! I will be getting an email to Susan ASAP and shipping her lovely prize of foot care products in the very near future. NO. REALLY. There won’t be a hurricane this time. (knocking on wood, frantically…)
Thank you all for playing. You’re all winners in my book. Better luck next time…yada, yada, yada…
OK! See, I finally got the long promised pictures up! Woo-hoo!
This is Rich’s house, across the street, before the hurricane. Take a moment and note the very last tree on the right…kind of in the background. It is very vertical, huh? You might even say exactly perpendicular to the ground…
Here is the corner of Rich’s house with a now somewhat diagonal pine tree looking to head toward Gene and Elsie’s house. This is on Saturday, the next day after Ike. It is being appraised by The Hunky Tree Guys. Some of you out there, (ladies), may want to click and enlarge this particular shot.
As you can imagine, tree guys, hunky or no, were in great demand and raking in the cash hand over fist in the following days. Here’s the kind of fantastic neighbor’s I have: Gene and Elsie are gone, evacuated. Rich paid The Hunky Tree Guys $1100.00 to do nothing but cut down the tree and just leave all these great big sections in his yard.
The Hunky Tree Guys are price gouging, big time.
Normally, the fee for this kind of job would be about $250.00 and that would include stump grinding and debris removal. This is how busy they were. All of this was done without Gene and Elsie’s knowledge so that the tree wouldn’t go crashing into their house the next time it rained, (later that night). Of course they cut Rich a check for half the cost as soon as they got home and he told them what had happened.
Here is the front of our house before the storm and afterward it looked pretty much the same except for missing screens and one of the window shutters along with a buttload of branches and tree debris in the yard that we spent a long time cleaning up.
Back of our house all boarded up and cleaned off except for all the larger plants I shoved over in the corner.
Looking down the road going to my friends house… needless to say, we didn’t go, not that day anyway.
From the car driving down the road close to our house. Those are NOT bushes, it is manicured lawns full of tree limbs. (Pardon the windshield wiper.)
A bit blurry, but you can see the huge root ball of the tree that just pulled up in the wind. It’s laying over on the house.
The fuel center at John’s store. Those are soda and newspaper machines that were tossed around like nothing.
Storm grate where I found the baby egret with it’s butt kind of down in one of those holes… I thought it was stuck there.
The baby egret, after I picked it up and carried it over to some bushes. It was pretty small, that’s my hand there to the right of it. I guess I could never be a professional photographer, (even if I was the least bit skilled at snapping pictures), because my first reaction upon seeing this bird was, “Stop the car! That bird is stuck!”, and I jumped out and got it and moved it before it occurred to me to take a picture. I could never just remove myself from the situation and photograph things.
Here is my love-bug sitting out back resting after we got through hurricane proofing the house. We were just hanging out waiting for it to start up and noticing how weird and silent it was.
Comment by witchypoo on September 29, 2008 at 6:24 pm
Those window boards look like they’ve been used before, or you expect to use them again. Smart, labelling them like that.
Comment by Krissa on September 29, 2008 at 6:57 pm
They’ve been used before and, I’m sure, will be used again…
Comment by SK on September 30, 2008 at 6:48 am
I’ve been searching, and I may have missed it BUT… What was wrong with the shirt? Did you ever tell us?
Comment by Big Hair Envy on September 30, 2008 at 2:39 pm
I’m clueless on the shirt thing too. Did I miss the answer?
What a relief that your home wasn’t damaged! (It’s SO cute 🙂 ) Cam said just some screens and shutters – boy, were you guys lucky. Or, perhaps, just REALLY prepared! How long did it take them to remove the utility poles from the road? When Isabelle came through, we took a chainsaw and basically cut our way (with the help of a number of strangers) through 25 miles of trees to get to my FIL’s. Fortunately, the poles did not fall across the roadway in too many places. Scary stuff.
I would totally have gotten out to save that bird…..and I would have forgotten to take a picture of any of it!!! At least you remembered in the end!
It’s great to have you back in action. Of course, I have not posted since last week because of a crazy schedule. No hurricane excuse for me…..
Comment by Anglophile Football Fanatic on September 30, 2008 at 2:44 pm
What was the right answer on the shirt?
Comment by Krissa on September 30, 2008 at 5:24 pm
I am sorry! No! I have just been…preoccupied with loads of shit around here and I was just so worried about announcing the winner that I forgot completely forgot to answer the main question!
It doesn’t have a pocket! John has dozens of dress shirts, wears one every single day to work, and we have never ever seen one without a breast pocket. Never occurred to either of us to check for it. I think that’s why it looked feminine to some people. They just couldn’t figure out why. Women’s blouses don’t have pockets.
It was so funny cause we bought it and sent it to the cleaners, had it starched and pressed and all that jazz and I pulled it out for him to wear the night before along with a tie and trousers. The next morning I wasn’t up yet when he went in early for work and I saw he hadn’t worn the shirt so I called him and asked why. He said he put it on and put on the tie and got completely ready and picked up his pens and name badge that goes over the pocket and automatically “stuffed it all in”, and it all fell on the floor. I would have loved to have seen his face…
Comment by mike on October 1, 2008 at 7:42 am
Glad you made it out unscathed, and that your house wasn’t crushed. Also glad that the prize for guessing what was wrong with the shirt wasn’t “The Very Next Hurricane That Comes Our Way”. Those kinds of prized don’t need to be shared 🙂
Also, are Hunky Tree Guys at all related to Hunky Water Delivery Guys and Hunky Bike Courier Guys? Just in case the girls in my office ask.
Comment by Tink on October 1, 2008 at 1:52 pm
You classify your boards, how smart! Me, I write explicitives on them. 😉
Comment by Tranny Head on October 3, 2008 at 8:34 pm
I’m so glad you guys are safe and sound – that looks pretty intense.
Comment by Colleen on October 6, 2008 at 11:21 am
Thank you for the eye-candy this a.m….albeit ridiculously overpriced eye-candy, but nice to see none-the-less.
Again, I’m glad you guys are alright and it seems all of your friends did alright, all things considering.
And really? That’s what was wrong? A missing pocket? I’ll have to look at Justin’s better, but I think he has a couple nice shirts that are sans pocket…thought that could all be in my head, for all I know.
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