WE HAVE POWER!!! (And the crowd goes wild!!!) Yes, our power went on late last night and I'm home! Even though it's been miserable, I have power and feel terrible for those who are in MUCH worse positions than we are. My first comment to DH when I found out we had power was...Maybe we can find a family to squeeze into our small 2br apartment, and the boys can sleep in our room. He said we should take it slow for now, a lot's going on. Plus we REALLY need to be careful, no matter what. We're constantly hearing police sirens, and things about robberies, gas siphoning (sp?), carjackings, etc. DH went to the store a little while ago (to restock our fridge from the things that were ruined due to the lack of power), but the boys and I stayed home because it just does not feel safe here. And we decided on a self-imposed curfew, and no leaving unless absolutely necessary even during the day. I went into work for a couple hours today (I worked a couple hours Wednesday and only again today...yet my work was SO KIND enough to pay us even though we couldn't work--no power there either) and my boss has decided to carry a gun around with him. Actually, the friends we were staying with are frantically looking for one too. And DH wants me to ask my dad if we can borrow one of his.
I don't think even the word crazy describes it. Two cities practically combined in just a few days. Crime rate is already noticeably (sp?) up. Schools are registering refugee children, so they'll be packed (even though many are already housing evacuees). Churches are packed. Traffic is ridiculous. Malls are loaded with people looking for a place to relax without heat and with some semblance of normalcy. There are NO apartment vacancies (much less hotels), NO jobs that are not being taken (even minimum wage), and those who can are buying houses (mostly two or three families pooling their money to buy something outright) FAST. Like I said before, I'm scared and I want out. Besides, it would free up a job and an apartment for someone else.
Anyway, that's just a general idea of the effects that aren't really being reported very much.
And now some good news:
Monday evening I searched frantically for a drugstore that was opened and low and behold, I found one (FYI, the first power grids that are up and running in a situation like this are the ones that have hospitals on them)! Long story short...I've got a lil Aussie bun in the oven!