Sandbagging 
Tuesday, 25 May, 2004, 05:43
I just realized that the date on my last news entry was wrong, so I changed it.

Jeff, Bob, and Julie were over here yesterday to fill sandbags and move stuff up from the basement. We got a lot of stuff done, but the house still needs more sandbags. At this moment, the river is at 6.92 feet, with roughly 4.5 feet left until it crests on Thursday. The good news is that it already crested in Russell, on the Illinois/Wisconsin border ... the bad news is that it crested 0.65 feet above what the National Weather Service forecasted. And, it's goling to rain soon. Bummer. We're FREAKING HOSED.
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Blessing and a curse 
Tuesday, 25 May, 2004, 04:00
The more content I add to this site, the more I'll want to whip up a quick content management system to ... well ... manage it :-) Anyway, the Des Plaines River has it in for me. At the time of this writing (11:25PM), the National Weather Service is forecasting a crest of 10.5 feet by Thursday morning, which is down from their forecast of 11.0 feet by Wednesday. This is good news. Since my website was obviously not around in 1986, I could not possibly have posted anything about my lovely experience with a 10.88-foot flood that crested on the first of October during that year. The basement of this house was flooded from the floor to the cieling, and there was also about a foot and a half of water on the main floor of the house. We were basically freakin' hosed.

The Des Plaines river is a blessing and a curse. It is a blessing because, when it rains in the Des Plaines area, the river simply washes it away to the south. It is a curse because, when it rains north of here (i.e. Gurnee, Russel, and up in Wisconsin), all that water comes here and begins to encroach on the backyard and sometimes the basement. I happen to live in the basement, so I am not all that thrilled about this situation. This is exactly what happened this time around: every place to the north of us along the river was getting pummelled by thunderstorms. We were also getting our fair share of the rain. Unfortunately for us, all that crap is washing down in this general direction, causing the nasty brown waters of the stupid river to creep up.

It's a good thing I mowed the lawn on Thursday, when the river was still pretty much in its place.

Today was spent doing various things like sandbagging and barbecueing. Julie and I whipped up one hell of a meal (baked potatoes, Italian sausage, grilled chicken, stir-fried vegetables) and, while it doesn't sound like much, it at least proves that we can indeed whip up a good meal :-) We topped that off with some pie. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm ... pie. We also moved pretty much everything from my bedroom upstairs. The only things that remain are my computer desk, fridge, bed, couch, chests of drawers (though their contents are upstairs), and clothes. Heck, even my socks and underjuarez are packed into a garbage bag, ready to move if the water decides to enter. I'm kind of stressed out about this whole river shenanigans, but hey, what can ya do ... it's nature, can't stop it.
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Hello, World! 
Sunday, 23 May, 2004, 04:00
The new design is up. I'll have to get used to it.
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