Saturday, April 21, 2012

Life After Twister

*blinks* All on it's own that title really leaves a lot open for interpretation, huh? So I went back under the house (my eye feels fine so far, btw) and managed to wrench the auger free from the pipe. I then crawled up to the outlet that goes underground away from the house where I spotted giant clumps of white mess. I had noticed little clumps of white stuff backing up into the tub so I found this quite curious indeed. So what is it that's been clogging up the drains so badly? Undissolved laundry powder. Masses of the stuff. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how hard our water is here. I knew it was hard when I opted to test a shampoo (they sent a "water hardness tester" strip as part of the shampoo test), but I didn't know it was that hard. So I jammed a long stick through the pipe until I ran out of stick. Pulled the stick out. Fed the auger through that pipe and loosened up more clogs down the line. Then.... I got out from under the house. The intention was to run the garden hose as far as I could and blast some water way down deep in the pipe before putting everything back together. When I got inside, however, Aaron was awake so we went out to pick up dinner. We stopped at Sonic for lunch when I recieved a call from my dad that he was about to be in Dallas and I could either pick him up tonight or tomorrow morning. Well, *ppfffft* like I'm going to make him sleep in the truck when he doesn't have to. We rushed back to the house, unloaded all the crap out of my trunk and I headed off for Dallas. Aaron wasn't feeling well (my mom hasn't been feeling well either :/) so he stayed back to rest up.

The trip itself was fairly uneventful. As it usually is. Lots of time to think between here and Dallas. I only ran into one bit of traffic on the way up. At first I thought it was because of people trying to merge because of the impending lane end. Then I spied this:



Ok, I see the car stopped by the barricade. What's that behind the car? *squints*



Holy freakin' damn! I dunno what happened, but I'm glad the barricade was there or it could have really been a huge mess. After that things cleared up and it was smooth sailing. I love long drives. Really gives you time to appreciate the landscape. And the clouds.



I made it up to the lot in one piece (obviously) and my dad was there ready for me. We emptied out the truck and shoved it all into my trunk (we're getting good at this), then we took a walk around the lot. Remember those tornadoes that ripped through the whole DFW area and didn't manage to kill anybody? You know, the part where I said that it wasn't the Flying J, but the Schneider lot? Well, click there. :p Anyway, we took a walk around the lot so my dad could show me all the thrashed trucks/trailers that they managed to move to the back of the lot over the last two weeks. See, this is where it pays off to be daddy's favorite. He always knows what I like and even told me before I left to bring my camera with the flash in case it was too dark by the time I got there. :D So, courtesy of my awesome dad, here are some pictures of what a lot full of trucks looks like 2 weeks after a tornado! (If you're wondering what's up with the black lines, I tried to cover up the truck numbers. Just in case.)























They actually had it pretty well cleaned up. All things concidered. The whole front 2/3 of the lot looked just like it always does. Even had the gate working again. So, there you have it. My nails are still naked, and will be until I'm done screwing around under the house. Tomorrow: Reassembly! Huzzah! LOL Hope everyone has a great weekend.

6 comments:

  1. damn! those pictures are crazy! that's alot of freaking damage!

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    1. I know, right? And that's after cleaning up. Some of those trucks were just smashed. I can't imagine how bad it would have been right after. In person. I saw it on the news and it was practically cleared out.

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  2. btw you might want to switch to a liquid laundry detergent!

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    1. LOL Yeah, we usually use liquid, but the commisary had powder on sale a while back so we were using it for, like, a year. -_- No more!

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  3. Wow those are awesome pictures!

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