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Currently camped out at the closest B&N, with a crappy latte and a bagel, trying to recharge my phone so I can then switch cords and recharge the laptop. The news is saying about 75% of Richmond is out of power and I can believe it.

It's hard to believe there was a hurricane at all, as gorgeous as the weather is right now. There's a nice breeze, it's cool (although it's supposed to warm up) and the sun is shining with very few clouds in the sky. Anders made it to work safely and said they had power on that side of town, so I decided to venture forth in search of a place to plug in. I decided to head to work, hoping there might be power there, and as I drove down the road, there was more and more evidence of Irene's visit.

My dad, brother and I all live along the same road with my office at the end of it. Around our place, there was little damage. Small branches and leaves mostly cluttered the road, though I think this was thanks to the trees basically just outlining the townhouse properties. As I got near my dad's house, which is more residential, I saw a little more damage. Larger tree branches in the road and such. Down near my brother's place, all residential, with older houses and trees all bunched together, there was a lot more damage. His place looked okay but I saw a couple of downed trees and then eventually came to a point in the road where I could go no further. It was hard to see around the giant trucks, but I'm guessing there were trees in the road because they had both directions closed off. So I took a side road over to a different main road and headed back west. Eventually, I found power and I actually cheered when I saw the first stoplight that was on. Anarchy really reigns supreme when it comes to driving with no stoplights.

After I found power, it was a matter of finding someplace to hang out. Panera was mobbed so I drove past B*N (not open yet) to the Starbucks where my friends work. But of course, as I closed in, I thought, "Just one more stoplight..." and the next one I came to had no power. I was able to turn into the shopping center, but it was clear they had no power so I turned around and went back to B&N.

Once I have enough charge, I'll probably move out of the cafe, simply because I'm getting sick of people giving me ugly looks because I'm at an outlet and they're not. One lady actually walked up, sighed loudly, and then announced to the world at large, "There's none left. They're all taken!" I was like, "You are less than 5 feet away from me. Is that really necessary? Plus, if you wanted to plug in your device so bad, why weren't you waiting outside like the rest of us first-comers?!" I think part of the reason for her bitchiness was that both outlets next to me are filled, but that's because someone else came by to plug in her phone.

Glad to know people are still people, even in desperate times. >__<

After losing power last night, we basically just sat around doing nothing. Anders is pretty attached to his electrical devices so when the power goes out, he just sits around, bored and listless. I, on the other hand, pulled out some paper and a pen and started writing. I didn't get much done until after full dark fell and we ate. Then the hubby kind of dozed on the couch (under the pretense of making new D&D characters) and I wrote furiously. I haven't done any writing by hand in a while, so my hand kept cramping up, but it was kind of exciting. I've been so blocked whenever I sit down at the end of the day in front of the computer, but with nothing left to distract me, the words finally started flowing. I got more work done after Anders went to work this morning, and I'm hoping to get it typed up today.

That's it for now. I've been checking on my circle of acquaintances and so far everyone has reported that they are well, if without power. We watched Irene head north on our phones last night, so I'm hoping my NY friends (and our NY office) weathered through okay. The national news seems mainly focused on NY, so I'm off to hunt down local news to see how my city fared.
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