Monday, October 14, 2013

While I've Got Your Attention....

Thanks to some repostings on Facebook, I've gotten a bit more traffic than usual. So while you're here, I'd like to point out the folks out there that kept the world moving last week.

1. The power crews. Oh, the power crews. Thank you SO MUCH for your many, many hours of work to get the Hills back up and running. There are so many stories out there about how many poles were down to get to one house or how deep the snow was or how many trees had to be cut first -- so thank you to the co-op crews, the BHP crews, and the crews that came from other co-ops to get work done.

2. Everyone working in Rapid who got stuck there. From the employees that ended up staying at the hotels where they worked to Gunner, the KFXS radio DJ that kept us sane, it seemed there were as many people stranded away from home as there were at home. But you kept truckin', so to speak, and made life easier for the rest of us. (In particular, we can't say enough good things for the staff members at the Alex Johnson, Fairfield Inn, and the Best Western on Mt. Rushmore. You guys rock.)

3. The folks at places like the YMCA that opened their doors to us stranded people. There were a lot of places offering free showers, free or discounted beds, clean water, cheap meals -- thank you.

4. All of the extractors. This goes for the plow drivers that worked through the week, the independent drivers with various snow-moving abilities that went the extra (several) miles and plowed out neighbors and those they didn't even know, and everyone that answered the call and headed out on snowmobiles to rescue stranded motorists and residents. (No, really -- there was an official call from the state to people with snowmobiles.) It would have taken us days more to get out if it hadn't been for Dusty, and I can only imagine how many other people were in the same boat, so to speak.

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As long a week as it was, there were people everywhere that kept things going, and for them I am truly thankful. It's good to know that we live in an area where, when push comes to shove, we'll find ways to take care of each other.

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