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Two stressful weeks and we are a lucky couple 精选

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Two stressful weeks and we are a lucky couple
During a violent thunderstorm on 7/13 evening, a powerful ligthening struck a 30 inch diameter tree, split the trunk, and large percent of this huge tree fell on our house. The roof was heavily damaged, and the rest of the tree completely block our front door and the front of our house. But luckily, neither my wife and I were physically hurt in the house and the tree missed the solar panels installed on The roof except cutting the cable connecting the panel to the electricity source from the electric company. It took a couple of days and  $5000 just to get the tree removed, and roofer, solar company, insurance adjuster contacted. At our age, these were rather stressful tasks. But those have all been done. Now hopefully the passage of time and some out of pocket expense for insurance deductible are all that remains. Another revelation is that  we found that at our age,  even small DIY repair job that we use to do without a second thought has now becoming taxing and burdensome endeavors. Finally, the lightening also damaged my desktop PC. After ten days in the shop, the PC was declared to be beyond repair and i had to purchase a new PC which won’t be delivered until Aug. 5. Since I only back up my file once a month, it means that I have lost at least 15 days of data never mind all the app softwares on the old PC. Since I use a password manager for convenience, I don’t remember any of the passwords I use to access various website/services, this will be a bother to regain access. All these will take me months to recover. This also explains my absence from blogging on ScienceNet. I only regained access this morning with the help of ScienceNet staff. Time and things catches up with everyone. But it has been a good life for my wife and I. We  cannot really complain.

Note added 8/2: This event make clear the powerful nature of a lightening that can split a solid 30in diameter tree into two in one strike. Never stand out in the open during a thunder storm. 



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