We have not been here very long, but we really like it so far. Of course Asheville in the Summer is a whole different thing from Asheville in the Winter. It is still pretty cool here at night or even if the day is cloudy and windy. We have a stream down hill from us and it is ice cold even when it is hot, my neighbor told me that when his power went out he just put his beer in the stream. At any rate today we had an Asheville tree service come and take down a couple of trees which were hanging over the house and the driveway. At this exact moment I do not think they were much of a threat, but of course we are going to get winter weather up here and it is likely to knock down trees, in particularly any tree that is not standing straight with deep roots firmly in the ground.
Of course we have a fire place here and I kept the firewood just in case we needed it. I have to make sure that the fireplace does not need to be cleaned out. I think you can buy these things that you burn in the fireplace which will burn so hot that it will get rid of the build up in the chimney. At any rate I do not think that I will be caught without a full gas tank, and that will last us quite awhile if needed. I may look to see about getting a back up generator, the sort that comes on as soon as the power goes off and runs off of natural gas. That is sort of expensive, but when it is quite likely that you will have a power outage the expense might be warranted.
Of course everyone is really upset, especially in the office. Some of the guys and gals in the shop are not going to shed a lot of tears. They have been working fifty and sixty hours the past few weeks and still not keeping up with the demand. In the office we know that you have to fill the orders when they are there, but the guys who have to work double shifts have different views. The whole thing started with some guys doing sewer cleaning in Bergen county. I have no idea how it happened, but they figured out that all the sewer lines for a block in both directions had to get ripped up and replaced, and they decided that they had to close down the street in order to do it, at least that is how it is going to be for awhile. The bosses went and screamed at everyone that would listen and people who would not listen just the same. It really did not matter that much. The street is still closed and we expect it will be three or four days, if we are lucky.
Of course me and Jim Reed packed up some stuff and got our fishing gear in the back of his truck. He has a cousin that owns a shack on a lake where there is really good fishing. We got up here this morning and set up camp. The lake is really huge and we have this old john boat and a small motor, so we stay close to the shack and Jim's truck. It does not really seem wise to trust this old motor to be honest. We want to be able to get back if we have to use the oars. That is probably going to happen, the thing sputters a lot.