You twerps! You fell for it!
Seriously though - haven’t been on all afternoon because there was a power substation, (directly behind our house) that exploded shortly after my last mooses (heh-heh) post this afternoon.
Toxic smoke thrown up into the air for miles - it burned to the ground. Lots of BIG boom-booms.
AND the smoke was coming into the house through the plumbing in the downstairs toilet.
I called the gas company (it smelled like a gas leak which will 'splode your house right up to mooseville) and got my happy butt outside of the house, and down the street about a mile, where I waited in, oh, about 110° heat for a couple of hours for the CenterPoint guy to get to the house and check it out so I could go back in and pee.
Amazingly, neighbors will come out and hand you cool water while they commiserate with you over the fact that your house might be about to become a roman candle, but they never think to offer you the facilities. Remember that if you ever have the potential for a gas line to go bloowie behind your neighbor’s house.
Anyway, happy ending after all - no gas leak, the stuff coming into the house was just plain old garden variety toxic smoke, and i didn’t get enough of it to affect me.
(Have I mentioned that I’m a giraffe?)
Nope, no effect at all.
It knocked out power to 75,000 homes. Amazingly, they got power restored to about half of them already.
Ours came on about half an hour after we finally got the gas generator running and i got all of the food transferred into the emergency freezer.
Not complaining - I’m frankly amazed.
And pretty freaking grateful.
Been a very, very long day.
Signing off for a shower and some sleep.
Update: Found a good news video of the action (we live just across that gas pipeline easement behind the substation)