Thursday, August 23, 2007

Picking up the pieces

I decided that my apartment, the ghetto penthouse(zinc roof and all), is the tallest structure on my lot was not the place to be with a Category 4 hurricane predicted to directly hit Jamaica. By Saturday night I had moved, wrapped, covered and secured all my worldly possessions I deemed not water resistant and was ready to leave for somewhere more secure(concrete roof).
Noodle and I left early Sunday morning in the rain for her house where I sheltered from the storm. Apart from a big branch hitting and denting my car along with some water coming in through some of her windows we weathered the storm unscaved.


We awoke early Monday morning and went outside to see the damage done. There was an empty lot behind us that had about 8 tall trees, needless to say 0 remain, you can see piece of one of those trees on her neighbours house above, they all snapped like twigs. I didn't hang around long as I was curious as to the damage done to my property. I saw one of my neighbours outside and he said nothing much went on, so after chatting with him a bit I thought I was in the clear. I went upstairs to my place and took a tour, the only things I noticed was some water splashed in through the windows on the eastern side and pieces of ceiling on the tarpaulin I used to cover my bed.

While walking around my place trying to put things back in place I realized I haven't seen the kitchen yet. While preparing for the storm I realized the kitchen(made of board walls and a very sketchy roof) was the weakest link so I closed up everything tight, locked the kitchen door and barricaded it with the pool table. After pulling back the pool table and opening the door I saw sunlight. Keeping in mind the windows were all locked and the place should be dark I knew all was not well and my eye panned down from the hole in the ceiling exposing the sky to the dirty/flooded kitchen below.

I mopped the floor and started cleaning up with my limited water, only to have rain fall an hour later to soak the kitchen all over again. It's a good thing the kitchen is the step-child room of my apartment and it would take over a foot of water before it starts affecting anywhere else in my place. I called the landlady but she didn't seem like she would be in any rush to fix anything, so I moved on and hung out with noodle for the rest of the day.

When I got home later that day I started using as much of the perishable items in the fridge and freezer so they wouldn't go to waste as pictured here me enjoying(kingston 62?? not really) a brewskie by candle light lol. I started trying the clear the food I had in my fridge/freezer since last week Tuesday but it was a job too large for my pot belly. When I reached home yesterday and light still wasn't back yet I took my thermometer to the freezer and it clocked in at 60F so I filled a garbage bag with the x-denizens of my freezer, it broke my heart but the food needed to go. I made my self a sandwich from some of my hurricane tin food and fell asleep around 6pm. When I woke up around 8pm later that night power was back... yay!

I plugged back in everything and tried to watch the news, it had been so many days since I've seen whats going on in Jamaica since I had no tv or radio with this power outage. Of course there was no cable and no signal, I had to go dig up for an antenna so I could receive the local over the air stations. I turned on my desktop pc and tried to go online but the DSL modem wasn't having it. Luckily for me when I came home today there was cable tv and DSL service again, things are coming back to normal. The only thing outstanding is the roof and that's in my landlady's hands.

14 comments:

Dutch Pot said...

"ghetto penthouse" - I laughed so hard!!!! LOL I am thankful not many lives were lost and hope that your landlady set you straight soon!

bassChocolate said...

It's unfortunate that the roof issue is not in your hands... hopefully your landlady is good to you and has it handled quickly.

GC said...

yeesh
a hole in your ceiling, a dent in your car. Adrian I'm glad you're okay.

bobby said...

..they say you have to tek bad tings mek joke... the kitchen scene had me in stitches reminded me of one of those english comedy.

But on a serious note i suggest you write her advising her of the implications the present state of the roof hold for you and the need for it to be address forthwith. Within, what you, under the present circumstances would consider a reasonable time for her to respond, you get none. You then write again reminding her ...if she still fails to respond you then get a estimate done to effect repairs, cover a copy of it with a letter adivsing her on your intent to proceed with having the repairs done, Based on the estimate and you will deduct the cost from your dued rent.

Jamsprint said...

Maaan... sorry to hear about your kitchen. An ackee tree fell on my house during hurricane Ivan, luckily I got through unscathed this time (banana trees drop down) but that dont count

Fiyah said...

Well sounds like you fared well despite the kitchen. More reason to get noodle to cook fuh yuh!

Tami said...

Dry Wall roof? Uhh? The Hurricane didnt even touch Ja. It was 43 miles from us, not a lot but god imagine the damage if it had hit us? You prolly would be swimming with a paddle on ur bed or playing water pool. Glad u ok tho, next time you renting, go when its raining so you'll see the faults.

SimplEnigma said...

Glad things weren't too bad for you. My dad didn't fare so well up in the hills. The entire roof is gone (again) and he had significant property damage.

I'm with Bobby on the repairs..tell her twice then get an estimate and start do what you have to do.

Stunner said...

A hole in your ceiling! Hope your loandlord fixes it soon. If she doesn't do it quickly, Bobby's suggestion would be a good idea.

Leon said...

Quite a long tale about your experience with Dean. "Ghetto penthouse." I love it!

Crankyputz said...

Glad you & Noodle are safe!

Adrian said...

Thanks y'all for your concerns.

So it has been a week since the storm... and water still pours into the kitchen when it rains. The landlady called me this morning at 8am and said a guy should come in the next hour and fix the roof... it's now afternoon and the guy is a no show.

Keeping my fingers crossed he pops up today, I can't work from home again tomorrow.. I have meetings in the morning.

Nickiesha said...

the bit about the kithcen had me in tears..LOL
u have to make light of the situation. thank god we pulled thru. the only thing for me was some water comin under a back door, but keeping tabs on it and mopping ever so often, all was well

Mad Bull said...

Glad you came through safe, Iyah! You have a pool table?Man, I am green with envy!