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Topic: Report: Gustav, Post-Gustav & Coffee (3 msgs / 178 lines)
1) From: Terry Stockdale
Hurricane Gustav roared through Baton Rouge on Monday and left us 
sorely peeved, but personally, not badly damaged.  Some areas 
in-and-near Baton Rouge were hit harder, some people had trees fall 
on their houses, and some people are watching the rivers come up with 
flooding anticipated.
After our experience with Rita in 2004, when we lost power 4 hours 
before the eye came on shore, and about 10 minutes before I planned 
to get up, I made a pot of coffee the night before (Costa Rica La 
Minita) for the two Zojirushi vacuum bottles.  Monday morning, I made 
a drip pot of Panama Bouquete Golden Peaberry -- one cup to drink and 
the rest to go into a big thermos.  Those lasted until yesterday - 
the Zoj. was still above ambient temperature after 2.5 days.
Our house lost some shingles, a section of fence, and a lot of limbs 
and twigs from trees.  Oh, yeah, we gained a major branch from a 
neighbor's elm tree.  It's still attached to the tree about 10 feet 
up, but drapes over the fence onto my crape myrtles and into my 
pool.  The pool has now gone green from lack of circulation.
Yep, the power is off.  It went out about 10:30am Monday.  We hoped 
for quick repairs and quick return to service, as in Katrina and 
Rita.  In those two, we lost power for 14-20 hours.  No such luck 
with Gustav.  It's now been over three days.   The latest forecast 
from the utility company that covers part of our subdivision (but not 
our part) is "by Monday."  Hopefully, we'll be before that or shortly 
afterwards.  They're talking 3-4 weeks before everyone in East Baton 
Rouge Parish (parish = what everyone else calls a county) gets their 
power back.
We bought a 5000w generator yesterday after waiting in line about 1.5 
hours at Home Depot.  Fortunately, we got there at 6:30am before the 
7am opening - only about 250 people in front of us.  While waiting in 
line, we heard that HD had 400 generators.   There were still a lot 
of people in line when we finished.
Then we waited an hour or so in line at one of the few gas stations, 
that was operational and had gas, to fill up some gas cans.   That's 
where we got the 10w40 oil that didn't come with the generator (HD 
didn't have any).  Tip to any new generator owner:  there's a gas 
shutoff that the manual mentions on the engine, but there's also one 
(probably) on the gas tank.  If you don't open the one on the gas 
tank, it's hard to run the generator .  It's nice to be able to 
power the refrigerator and freezer, a few fans and a light or two.
This morning, I made my first drip pot of post-Gustav 
coffee.  Sumatra Blue Batak Peaberry, at City+, six days 
post-roasting, was my choice.
One of the great thing about the coffees from Sweet Marias is that 
they taste good at any temperature I've tried them.  Hot coffee, iced 
coffee, room temperature (I don't drink hot coffee when there is no 
air conditioning!).
When the power comes back on, the Vivaldi II goes back on (and I open 
the water line to it).  I'm looking forward to my next espresso.
--
Terry Stockdale -- Baton Rouge, LA
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2) From: Jim Gundlach
Terry,
        I was watching the Weather Channel and thought of you when  
they covered hitting Baton Rouge.   Happy to hear you made it through  
with little damage.
            pecan jim
On Sep 4, 2008, at 5:06 PM, Terry Stockdale wrote:
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3) From: Tom Ulmer
I've learned to grind some coffee in advance as well. The press is always
functional as long as there's fuel for the camp stove. It's enlightening to
learn how much the convenience of electricity is taken for granted. A box
fan and a cold drink are pretty comforting after two days without
electricity. After three days the land-based telephone system starts to
fail. Generators were mandated at the gas stations in my area as there were
times that the nearest stations that could pump gas were more than sixty
miles away. The sound of electric utility trucks working in proximity is
joyous indeed.


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