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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Endeavor to Persevere .




The pipeline that brings fuel to Atlanta (where everybody in North Georgia is supplied from) blew up again. This time, the damage is worse. They also managed to severely burn seven people and kill one.




My wife got me up way before dawn. She was watching some show on the satellite TV, flipped over to Atlanta news, and they were running the story.  As of yet, there's no idea of how long it will take to repair, or how much gas will go up. It went up almost 30 cents a gallon last time, if you could find any. 

We drove into town. I had 3/4 of a tank and wanted to top off.  The "Triffids" were already out in force. Half of them were paying cash at the cashiers window, which slows things down considerably. We wait and waited and waited, finally got my 1/4 tank and had a tough time getting back on the road as the circus was in full cry. I noticed the town police were nowhere to be seen, par for the course with those guys. Gas was $2.10 a gallon, but by mid day you can bet the Pakistanis will be jacking up the prices like wild men.




On top of all that, the Atlanta news weather forecasters are saying little or no rain here in November. This is getting pretty grim.  You drive on a dirt road, clouds of dust come up behind you so thick you can't see through them.  The old man at the foot of the mountain says people's wells are going dry out here. He'd know, since he spends his time ambushing people trying to get out to the hard surface road and making them "visit."  My well is still doing OK, but my spring head, where the water bubbles up and makes a stream going down to the big creek down slope, has dried up. That's a bad sign.

The river is down to where you can walk across it and not get your knees wet.  The creek down from me is so low it doesn't make that rushing water sound at night.




And then, there are the forest fires. There's a huge fire in Fannin county.  They are breaking out all over the area. The other day, I saw a mountain top burning, looked like a volcano. I called 911 and they said they knew about it. A forest fire could wipe me out if it comes up this mountain.




So what's next?



So True:
















 By the way, I didn't mean to give the impression I was afraid of those guys in the national forest.  I knew it was a tight situation, I knew there wasn't anything I could do about it, and I was so angry at being ordered around by them that it made me sick.  But I wasn't afraid of them. Sorry I gave anybody that impression. If I had been, I'd say so.

24 comments:

  1. Interesting. It is the same pipeline that supplies us. I found out from a coworker about it a little before 8:00AM. I went to top off, and there were no lines at all.

    I think the relatively mildness of the crises and its short duration, combined with the very early timeframe of the first announcements has tempered the rush to panic. Now if the pipeline takes a couple weeks to get back up and running, we can justifiably start to panic around here.

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    1. Last time this happened, it was a fiasco. Even after Atlanta was saying all was well again, and there was plenty of gas, none of our stations here had any at all. Then when we did get some, most of it was high test and cost a lot more than regular. People started having trouble getting to work and to town. This time around, especially with the Atlanta news saying this one is a lot more damage than last time, people don't want to get caught short. That's why I got up early and went on into town. I have my jerry cans, and I had 3/4 of a tank, but I want every last drop I can lay hands on. I have to drive almost 30 miles round trip every time I go to town, and I can get about 330 miles out of a full tank on the Jeep if I stay in the county and drive about 45-50.

      The estimate I heard on CBS affiliate out of ATL this morning, which they said was a hasty one, was more than two weeks before fuel is flowing normally again to North Georgia. I don't know about your area.

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  2. 1) pray for rain as if your lives depended on it.
    2) you did not give me the impression that you were afraid. you gave me the impression that you could have chewed nails to a powder.

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    1. Somebody made an innocent, innocuous comment. They didn't mean any harm, and I'm not mad at them. I just don't want people thinking I'm getting old and lame. ( I may be, but I don't want anyone to think that!) Any time you get into a bad spot , you wind up wondering if you handled it the way you did because it was the right decision, or did you do it because you really were scared. You aren't sure yourself. But I never felt frightened, just angry and humiliated, which is not the same thing. I think my wife was scared, but not of those guys. I think she was worried I'd have "a spell" and get us killed. She's been with me a long time.

      We need rain so bad I'd about sacrifice a chicken if it would help. ;-)

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    2. Glad you are on top of the pipeline break. It might prove to be a longer outage than last time. Could be interesting.

      I'm not going to complain about all the rain and snow we've gotten lately. Forest fires are no joke. Stay aware and ready to move.

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    3. I've done what I can. Watched the national news tonight, and I think a lot more people are going to be having gasoline problems than just us up here. Apparently this pipeline moves gasoline all the way to New York from Texas. Too bad we are just about totally dependent upon it.

      The no rain situation is bizarre. In June I was complaining about how wet it was.

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    1. "And when we had thought about it long enough, we decided to declare war on the Union."

      Makes sense to me.

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  4. Second time the same pipeline?? could it be Democrat terrorism?? No gas, no voting??? Sorry I need to hit the drugs again...lol. Harry IMHO once a Marine, always a Marine. Never under estimate a vet who lives on top of a mountain...

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    1. The MSM is saying it was a guy operating some cutting equipment, who made a mistake and blew himself sky high along with the pipeline. If it's that easy to blow up I'm surprised the Islamists haven't gotten around to it.

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    2. Don't give them any ideas....lol

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    3. The Islamic crowd doesn't seem to be too heavy into new ideas. Not surprising, I guess, since they still think it's 700 A.D.

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  5. In the position you were in I would have been angry to. The only way to win in a situation like that is from 300 yards with a tripod and scope.

    I have spent a week digging a water line ditch 20 foot it is like busting concrete. we have brush fires breaking out all around . If it would make it rain I would sacrifice a Mexican or million.

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    1. That would work, especially if they didn't know who you were. Once you run up on them options are extremely limited.

      If we don't get some rain here soon, this whole place is going to dry up and blow away. Can't remember ever seeing it this bad before.

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  6. I wouldn't have thought that your drought, according to the chart, was as bad as central California. But it is so.

    If that pipeline is down again, it's probably time to think about a backup plan. Can they not run fuel from Savannah or Charleston?--Troy

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    1. There's a place called Snellville outside Atlanta. It's where all the trucks that haul fuel up into the mountains fill up. But Snellville is dependent on the pipeline. I think it would take a hell of a lot of trucks to keep Atlanta going, and we still wouldn't get any gas up here in the little mountain counties. The Governor said today that we will have "alternate fuel sources" to replace the supply lost when the pipeline blew, but he didn't say what those were. Long on promise, short on details. That's a bad sign.

      We were over our average on water in June. Then the rain just stopped, like somebody turned off a faucet. Nothing since then. I have about 300 gallons in jugs, but if my well goes dry, and the creek is dry, and the river is dry, then I may be up S**t creek without a paddle.

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  7. Harry-I did not read fear in your post. I read anger and frustration. But, you did the right thing.
    I did not realize that your area was so dry and have not heard about the fires. My county is under a burn ban; we had only 1/2 inch of rain in October. In 2011, Texas went through a severe drought; that was the year we had all the fires. It was a terrfying thing. I pray that we all will get some good rains this month. Jana

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    1. Jana, that's good because I apparently gave that impression, which aggravates me no end. But at myself, since I'm the one who wrote the post.

      The forecasters here aren't promising any relief in November. I ask myself how they can see that far ahead. They aren't saying why we are having this drought either. Usually they have some glib explanation but not this time around.

      A good, long soaking rain would sure be nice....

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  8. Harry,

    Oh dear, just what everyone didn't need is another gas line situation. I'm glad to hear you topped off your tank. Have they started limiting the amount of gas you can pump? I think I would have filled a couple of gas cans to take back home.

    It is very dry outside here as well, I worry about the wild fires started by human and mother nature.

    Continue to keep an eye out, and you and your Sweet Wife be careful with the fires and the people in the woods.

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    1. Sandy, glad to see you back on line. I have missed you.

      I have some jerry cans of gasoline, and my tank is full. We only have to make one long trip this month we know of, down to the dentist in a town about 40 miles from here, so that's 80 miles round trip on that. We can cut back on recreational driving and just stay home til we see how this is going to work out. The films on the news tonight were pretty grim, this appears to be a lot worse than the explosion two months ago.

      M says she doesn't want to drive on the forest service roads anymore, she wants to stay out of the national forest. We have always enjoyed that but I guess it's time to stop.

      Until we get some rain seems like everybody is having to worry about fires, from California through the midwest right on to the South. One more thing to have to deal with.

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  9. That's scary! I hope it doesn't take long to fix that. It's too bad some people were hurt when it happened!

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    1. Alissa, it really fouls things up in North Georgia when this happens. Atlanta hogs all the gas for itself and lets the rural counties up here just go without. I can get by without gas for a while if I have to, but what about people with jobs and kids in school. Must be tough on them if they can't get fuel. They are saying they will have it fixed "in a week' but I don't believe that for one second.

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  10. Another pipeline issue? It seems like the last one was just a few weeks ago! How frustrating.
    I didn't realize the drought was so bad down there. I hope you get some rain and soon!

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    1. Lisa, same pipeline as the last go around. Our governor is going on tv telling everyone not to top off their tanks or do any unnecessary driving. I doubt anyone is listening.

      We could sure use some rain. This week's county paper is all about the fires breaking out everywhere.

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