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Things I learned since Isabel

* Coffee and frozen pizzas can be made on a BBQ grill
* No matter how many times you flick the switch, lights don't work
without electricity
* My car gets 23.21675 miles per gallon, EXACTLY (you can ask the
people in line who helped me push it)
* Kids can survive 4 days or longer without a video game controller in their hand.
* Cats are even more irritating without power
* He who has the biggest generator wins
* Women can actually survive without doing their hair- you just wish
they weren't around you
* A new method of non-lethal torture- showers without hot water.
* Dominion Virginia Power and VDOT are the same company- not really ~ but their abilities to plan are strikingly similiar.
* There are a lot more stars in the sky than most people thought.
* TV is an addiction and the withdrawal symptoms are painful. One day at a time brother
* A 7 lb bag of ice will chill 6-12 oz Budweisers to a drinkable
temperature in 11 minutes, and still keep a 14 pound turkey frozen for 8 more hours.
* There are a lot of darn trees around here
* Flood plane drawings on some mortgage documents were seriously wrong.
* Contrary to most Hampton Roads natives' beliefs, speed limit on
roads without traffic lights does not increase.
* Aluminum siding, while aesthetically pleasing, is definitely not
* Just because you're 19 doesn't mean you can stay out as late as you want. At least that's what the Hampton cops told me during curfew stop.
* Crickets can increase their volume to overcome the sound of 14
* People will get into a line that has already formed without having any idea what the line is for.
* When required, a Lincoln Continental will float, doesn't steer well but floats just the same.
* Some things do keep the mailman from his appointed rounds
* Tele-marketers function no matter what the weather is doing
* 27 of your neighbors are fed from a different transformer than you, and they are quick to point that out!
* Hampers were not made to contain such a volume.
* If my store sold only ice, chainsaws, gas and generators...I'd be
* Price of a can of soup rises 200% in a storm
* how to spell "Ginea"
* Your water front property can quickly become someone else's
fishing hole.
* Tree service companies are under appreciated.
* I learned what happens when you make fun of another state's blackout.
* MATH 101: 30 days in month, minus 6 days without power equals 30% higher electric bill ?????
* Drywall is a compound word, take away the 'dry" part and it's
* I can walk a lot farther than I thought.
* 7 mile stretch of "new" road by Coliseum doesn't drain
properly...wait, I learned that 2 months ago
* Water will indeed fill the Midtown tunnel if the floodgates aren't
shut during a flood. I was pretty sure that was true but it has now been proven.

Yes I do know some of this won't make sence to some people who do not live in va but to the one's who do or have been here then they know what I am talking about.

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vdot is batting a 1000. first with the interstate 64 and now with the floodgate at the mid town tunnel. i know i love sitting in traffic miles from the downtown tunnel:toothless

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Discussion Starter #5
were you stuck in traffic Monday mourning when all those cars blocked the hwy for a few hrs?

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I love your list, makes me think of a few things I've learned during my own experiences with floods, blizzards and power outages. Glad to know you are making it thru ok.
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