Parliament was attacked this morning. Two dead at this writing. Not enough information to have much to say, actually, but any blog should acknowledge that event. It is bad news. Again.
I am writing because I was going to anyway. But I’ll keep it to off-the-grid stuff. We had a major gale last night. Some reports stated 90 kmh gusts in our vicinity. I doubt that number but, then again, I slept through the whole thing. Sal claimed that it sounded and felt like all hell was breaking loose. Even if it was only 60 kmh, it was a test.
I mention this only because we passed the test. The panels are still standing. The first thing we do when the wind exceeds the last high wind is to check to see if the array withstood the latest test. It did. I am relieved but I know my neighbour would say, “Well, we have had worse than that, so the possibility of catastrophe is still there.” He’s a ray of sunshine, he is. If we ever get hit simultaneously by a hurricane and an earthquake and the array collapses, he’ll say, “See. Ya shoulda had more steel structure!”
He’s right, of course. With enough of an engineered steel structure, I would be at less risk but, then again, I would not have been able to build it for $300.00.
The ramp on the dock jumped it’s rails last night. Moved a good four feet south. The dock must have been a-leaping like lords at Xmas. So the seas were nasty to be sure but everything was basically OK.
While I was traveling in the boat this morning a huge sea lion reared out of the water right beside me. Unlike their usual actions, this one came half out of the water and looked at me. It was like he was standing on a submerged stool. It was pretty neat to see such a huge animal so close and so high out of the water that his head was higher than than mine!
I picked the doctor up from the community dock for her bi-weekly clinic on the island and the waiting room will be full. A lot of islanders are grateful NOT to have to travel in the winter. They still do, of course, but they are happy to minimize their trips to town.
One of the people at the dock laden with groceries said, “Man, I hate town days!” A recent guest at our house asked me what I disliked about my living out here and the only thing I could think to respond with was, “Man, I hate town days!” Another woman at the ‘other side’ community dock said, “Man I am glad I don’t have to go to town! It is not an uncommon refrain. Nobody likes going to town.
Living off the grid, October 22, 2014…….out here, today was just an ordinary day with sea lions, neighbours, wind, rain and doctors making their rounds. But, in Ottawa, history was being made.
I prefer here.