13 Aug

Crossed Iowa and finally got home to Northwest Illinois only to find that the Deracho ™ completely messed up my hometown and knocked out power and cell phone service. So I had traveled 24 hours to reach a disaster zone.

Somehow, the last 6 hours of the trip were the worst, more likely because I was tired of driving so long. We stopped in Iowa City for lunch, watching all the college students buying supplies out of the local Target. Think about that for a second. College students are back physically at school. Too dangerous for high schoolers, just fine for kids one year older. That speaks for itself.

So we reach Morrison and see… Well, this. Trees had fallen all over due to 100 mile winds, messing up power lines, throwing the entire turn black. We made it to the visitation all right and said hi to the family. After a half hour, the boy got bored, so I took him on a walk of (one of my) old neighborhoods and even ran into my good friend’s mom sitting on her porch with her grandson. So had a good conversation.

The place we’re staying still has no power, but we made do on movies we had already downloaded and battery power. (Neither of us brought physical books, so we were at a disadvantage.) Hung out with a friend and my cousin before crashing in front of the “TV.”

Power is still out in the morning, but it did get restored to half of town. My situation is unusual, because of the wind storm, but what did you do when your family last lost power. Let me know in the comments below!

One Response to “Deracho”

  1. River Dixon August 13, 2020 at 7:30 am #

    I grew up not too far from Morrison.

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