Sunday, October 29, 2006

On another note

Went to the Sabres game last night. Bummer they lost, but 10 lose 1. We're still in the books as a tie for consecutive wins at the beginning of the season. I can deal with that. More importantly, we're at the top of the NHL.

I dont think they really played well enough to win that game. But thats the way it goes sometimes.

Picked up a new jacket this morning. I'm loving the blue and gold.

Interesting Character

I'd like to introduce you all to a real annoying guy. His name is Joe.

Joe Iminahurry.

Joe's a schmuck.

If there's one thing this past storm should have done is slow people down. But noooooooo...people like Joe *and there's LOTS of 'em* are totally convinced that they are the only ones who have to get where they're going. And they have to get there fast. Way faster than anyone else.

We've still got numerous piles of branches and debris along the road. The crews are doing a treemendous *pardon the pun* job getting the crap out of here. They do however take up a bit of space on the road. Joe could care less about them.

Guys like Joe are easy to spot. Riding bumpers of the cars in front of them. Darting in and out of travel lanes. Dodging tree piles and trucks at way more speed than the speed limit. I like to have a little fun with the Joe's out there. Ok..let me say first, that I'm on a secondary road. Two lanes, speed limits 35....maybe 40. Speed kills. Dont mess around when you're going fast, thats my motto. So, anyway, I set my cruise control for exactly the speed limit and drive defensively enough to not let them have an opportunity to go zooming by. I maintain an extra cushion of space between me and the car ahead of me. Just enough so Joe can't fit in if he stupidly decides to pass. And I snicker as I look in the rear view. Of course, all I see are the headlights of Joe's 'he-man' hemi truck. I can imagine the testosterone rantings going on in the cab. Score one for me.

Lighten up Joe..and slow down, just a little bit. You'll be surprised to find out that you actually may get where you're going quicker...and with a lot less stress.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Uh Oh....

Weather this weekend not looking so good.

Two weeks after the snow storm, we're now forcasted to have a wind storm. This might pose some problems.

There's still a lot of dangling limbs and branches. And I'm sure those electrical lines that have recently been given the quick fix might be swaying pretty hard. Could be another bumpy weekend.

Where did we put that generator?

This stat is astounding!!!

New stats in say that 90%...NINETY PERCENT....of all the trees here in WNY have been damaged by the storm. Like Buffalo Mayor Brown said, the landscape of the city has been changed for the next 20 years.

The National Arbor Day Foundation is sending seedlings. What an awesome gesture.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

A bit of an update on the sugar maple...

So...When our story first began, the sugar maple looked like this. Almost a week after the that, we had to do a little surgery. This is what was amputated. Dontcha just LOVE the color of that? Absolutely fabulous.

She seems to be recovering alright.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

All the little ants are marching...

I just happened to hear that DMB song this morning...just as I was going by this. Its the parking lot of GardenVillage Plaza. Quite a staging ground! This National Guard guy seems to be the one in charge, directing all those big ass trucks in to dump their loads.

For a little perspective, I took a shot from the top of the hill at French and Union and then one down on ground level behind the bank and Denny's

There are staging grounds like this everywhere!

I'm more and more impressed each day with this clean up. That Federal Emergency Management money seems to have been well spent. Although, I must say...Buffalo has always been pretty good about handling this sort of thing for a long time. The fact that the citizens do their part has a lot to do with it too, I up their own debris and putting it out for pickup and the like.

The only looting I've seen is scavengers going thru brush piles looking for the big pieces of firewood. And let me tell you...there's LOTS of firewood around

Monday, October 23, 2006

While I'm thinking of it....

Props to everyone out there!!!! Everyone has really pitched in and done their part to help their fellow WNY'ers. Quite impressive. They don't call it the City *I'm gonna add County* of Good Neighbors for nothing

Thanks to all the people who worked to restore the power. Thanks to all who are here working on getting the tree mess out of here. These guys are from all over the country. I've seen trucks from Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Rhode Island, Canada even, Georgia...who had the best truck..I wish I would have had my camera with me when I saw it. Bigass red double bed cherrypicker truck that said "Master of Disaster" on the side of it. Great truck.

We seem to be getting back to normal. Or, New Normal, as I'm thinking of it. I got disoriented the other day driving down a backroad the other day. I didnt recognize the street for all the trees missing...kinda freaked me out a bit!

A couple pics from Mom's house

We spent Sunday over at Mom's cleaning up her mess. It wasn't too too bad. We're gonna have to get someone out there to remove this branch from its precarious perch. Mike and Bob got a bunch of stuff with the chainsaw. Then Mike grabbed the leaf blower and turned into Cap'n Blowhard *thats what I was calling him anyway* A little bit of raking and we were done in no time. Well...a few hours anyway.

The Cavalry Has Arrived!

Well....the National Guard is here...This is the first guy I've seen. Kinda looks like he's in charge of these big-ass trucks that have been working like mad the last few days. And let me tell you..there are LOTS!! of them. Just about every main street you go down, you run in to one of 'em.

Saturday, October 21, 2006


This little puppy here is what kept us juiced up those 5 days.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

found another video

My friend Lynn just sent me a link to this video. Kinda gives you a good idea what was going on. Especially towards the get the 'whoosh' and see a branch falling.

clean up time

Well...we cleaned up the front yard last night. We were lucky and only had the one tree with any major damage. Mike climbed up and proceeded to cut away. Quite a few branches came down.
The tree 3 doors down didnt fare too well.

A little video

I found this on Channel 2's website. Pretty good. There's a link at the top of the page, right near the headline, to view it

Imagine this

Imagine this picture repeated over and over thousands of times....unreal.

This street in the fall is just beautiful. There was a canopy of brilliant red and orange and yellow leaves covering the entire road. Now you can see the sky. I cant say that I've ever seen the sky from this vantage point.


Where's there a lot of stately old trees???

Cemeteries...that where.

I took a couple of snaps of this one on Clinton Street...near Harlem Road. Kinda creepy


You know whats completely amazing to me? The lack of major property damage to houses and such. With all these huge trees coming down, you'd think that they would have gone thru roofs and windows. Lots of stories out there of the 'near miss'. I've seen huge limbs resting just inches from homes...a little bit this way or that and they would have taken off gutters and stuff.

interesting comparison

Dug up this picture of the yucca from this spring in all her flowering glory. Here's one of the same plant *minus her flowers of course* Thursday night when the snow began. There doesnt seem to be any damage.


Some folks are still without power. I can still hear generators grinding away on the street behind us.

The snow started falling Thursday night. I took some pictures but they were way too dark and all you could see were snowflakes. This first picture was taken Thursday night about 11:00 or so. This next one I shot Friday morning just at sunrise. Brilliant!!! How something that beautiful can be so destructive is incredible! Mother Nature must have had a huge hormone rush going on. We managed to save this tree in the back yard. We trudged thru knee deep snow to shake them off. Over in the other corner of the yard, one trunk of the Birch tree was bent completely over the fence and buried in snow on the other side. The other two trunks were almost flat on the ground this side of the fence. But we dug her out and she sprang back up.

I'll have more pics later on.

Monday, October 16, 2006

The sounds

I think the thing I'll recall first about this storm are the sounds. Or, more specifically, the evolution of the sounds.

The muffled cozy sound of big fat snowflakes falling from dark ominous clouds over head.

The crunch of snow under the weight of car tires and shoe soles.

The moaning of the trees as the heavy snow bends limb and branch closer to the ground.

The SNAP! as the limbs break free.

The WHOOSH! as the limb fell to the ground and lands on the soft pillow of white below.

The sizzle of the transformers as the broken limbs tear wires off their poles on the way to the ground

The absolute silence early the next morning.

The roar of the snowblowers being powered up.

The sirens of emergency vehicles.

The deafening drone of generators.

The painful sound of chain saws amputating destroyed limbs.

The whirr of the computer being booted up after 5 days of no power

What the hell was THAT all about????

Alrighty then!!!

Mother Nature decided to have a bit of a fit again, and this time she took aim at the Western New York area.

The following are just random musings to chronicle the last couple of days here in the greater Buffalo area following the freak October 13th storm.

I've got all these notes in my head *this should be fun...unscrambling whats going on in my head* regarding the storm...and a few pictures to boot. I'll probably take me a day or two to get them posted.