An ice-cold replace

Ah, life. It is humorous typically, is not it?

On Thursday, I started writing an article in regards to the distinction between private finance in Mexico vs. america. You see, final week I spent a number of days in Mexico with a good friend (who additionally occurs to be my accountant). I had deliberate to complete the article on Friday. I got here shut. I received the YouTube model carried out and was nearing completion on the weblog model.

However then Portland was hit with a winter storm.

Kim and I spent Friday afternoon prepping our yard for ice. Good factor, too. That evening, our neighborhood was blanketed with an inch of freezing rain.

I've lived via a handful of ice storms over the previous couple of many years. Two of them have been worse than this when measured in inches. However when measured in sheer injury? Wow, this 12 months's storm takes high billing.

In our neighborhood, anyhow, it is like a bomb went off. Dozens of downed timber and tons of (hundreds?) of fallen limbs and branches. These timber and limbs have taken down utility traces in every single place. Plenty of individuals have injury to houses and vehicles. Luckily, we do not.

One of many fallen trees in our neighborhood

Kim and I have been with out energy and water and cell service since 10:30 on Friday night. We're secure although, as are our animals. We have been in a position to make do. We will lose every part within the freezer at this level, however that is not so dangerous, proper? There isn't any solution to inform whether or not we've injury to our plumbing till energy is restored, and there is not any estimate for that. It will most likely be days. It could possibly be per week or two.)

Like many different Porltanders, we booked a room in a neighborhood resort for a few nights in order that we might bathe, shave, and have some heat. However even that plan went awry. Whereas reserving over the cellphone, we requested (and have been promised) a dog-friendly room. Seems the resort was not dog-friendly. So, after a fast bathe (and after charging all of my gadgets), I drove our pup residence. I spent the previous two nights sleeping alone with our beasts in a chilly, chilly home.

Tonight, we could also be borrowing a generator from one in every of Kim's sufferers. We do not know easy methods to use a generator (and it will be darkish when she will get residence), however we'll attempt to determine it out. Cannot be too difficult. Plus, YouTube is my good friend.

As loopy as that is for us, I do know it has been worse for a lot of folks across the U.S. I am not complaining — solely observing.

In the meantime, this week was presupposed to see the launch of my new FIRE course at Audible. And, the truth is, the course was launched yesterday! However all of my grand plans for selling the factor have been placed on maintain.

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I haven't got the facility or web wanted to do the work, ? Proper now, I am grabbing a number of hours of entry from a good friend who has graciously allowed me to make use of his workplace for the afternoon. However that does not give me time to do any form of critical promotion work. That'll have to return when energy is restored — which can be one other week but.

(p.s. We had our basis inspected this morning. The home is not falling over, however to mitigate current points will value $9000. I think about this a win, consider it or not!)