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Old 05-05-2011, 06:12 PM   #11
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One year Hurricane Iwa came through Hawaii just before Thanksgiving. I don't remember how long we were without it, but my house was all-electric. I'd done my usual, that is to say my (military) family tradition was always to invite people who had no family near for dinner. Well, here was my 20 pound turkey thawing like crazy. I managed to contact all my guests (always, always have a corded phone; they work when nothing else does!) and said Thanksgiving dinner was on if I had to cut up the turkey and make kabobs and cook it on the hibachi. Well, the power returned in the wee hours of Thanksgiving morning, so it was more traditional.

One hurricane came through Florida when my husband and I were on the road in our trailer. My parents drove to New Orleans then Biloxi (where we were camped) to sit out the worst of it, then went home, us following a day later. Their home lost all utilities for over a week, but we camped nearby and had propane and battery use. So they came over every evening for a shower and I'd fix them dinner.

One time Mom lost power but had a propane fireplace. She cooked over it for the grandkids and I think everyone remembers it fondly as a fun night.

One year three hurricanes hit Florida, and everyone in my family was affected (we'd left the state by then). They were extremely grateful for their corded telephones and propane grills.

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