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Why I Did Not Go Running This Morning

Friday, December 12, 2014

Last night a fairly big windstorm came through the Vancouver/Portland metro area. I live a little northeast of Vancouver and we got hit pretty good. But luckily there was only minimal damage to our place.

A huge pine tree branch came crashing into one of the dog runs and crushed one of the fence panels. I have one extra panel in the shed so I can replace it easy enough, but I might have to buy a couple bent brackets. Other than that, another branch whammed into the side panel of my truck-bike carrier. It dented it slightly … but heck, it’s a beater truck so meh.

A tree came down across the street … and friend emailed to let me know that 20 trees were down on his property, one smashing through his shed.

At about 8pm last night some guy was knocking on the door. He had walked in the dark trying to find someone to buy gas from. He and his wife were in an area that was in danger of having trees fall on their place and they wanted to get into town to wait out the windstorm. But they were out of gas. The dude was about 70+ years old. So I grabbed whatever gas I had for my mower – I think about 3 gallons worth, and drove him out to his place, filled his tank, got his wife and their pets in the car and made sure they got to where they were going safely. He tried giving me $ … but like, yeah, I’m gonna take advantage of a scary situation? Uh uh.

By the time I went to bed the windstorm had calmed.

This morning I had the slightest urge to go running, then remembered the windstorm. The last time I ran after a windstorm I near fell – so I decided to forgo the run. (In the mornings I sometimes run near my work place. We have a shower at work so I’ve been taking advantage of early morning runs.) I start at 6:30am so it’s also dark – and while I have a head lamp, it’s still kinda hard to see at time.)

Anyway, during a break about an hour ago I took a walk where I would have been running. Navigating around branches and stuff would have been difficult!

Below are some photos I took. I hope you all have a great day and weekend!

(This is what the path looked like for over most of the mile and a half circular route.)

(Me standing by a fallen tree near my run spot.)

(Same tree – it was uprooted.)

(Another tree that fell – someone had already been by to saw the branches off.)
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    What a lovely man you are to be so generous of spirit and resources. Thank you from the Universe (as though I have permission to speak for the Universe) for your good work. I'm so glad you weathered the storm safely. What awesome pictures! Those trees took some serious hits off Mother Nature, for sure!
    2103 days ago
    Darn, you weren't kidding, that is some damage. My reason for missing my run is far less exciting!!

    I am glad you didn't have house damage or worse!

    Oh and you are a nice guy helping that family!

    2106 days ago
    Hi Greg,

    The media reported winds from 60 to 90 mph! That is a heck of windstorm, Dude! I am glad you escaped with only minor damage to you truck and dog run.

    I think I would like to have you nearby in a any disaster, man-made or natural. Nice of you to help out the old guy.

    My daughter is going to graduate school in Olympia. She mentioned that it was windy on Thursday.

    So your beater truck took a hit. I have had more than my share of beater trucks. Every time the one of these trucks took a shot - it was usually one the only place that didn't have a dent already!

    Thanks, Bruce

    2107 days ago
    Well, your storm was worse than I imagined! Man, that must have been scary having all those trees falling down all around. In a way, it's worse than a tornado because a tornado is over pretty quickly, but a wind storm can go on for hours. Your storm did some serious damage, but I'm so glad that the damage at your house was limited only to things, and that you weren't hurt.

    Oh Greg, you are such a sweetheart, helping that elderly man and his wife in their time of trouble. Your story brought tears to my eyes. There is nothing I need more every day than to read about someone's kindness to others. I love it!

    Hope you're able to get everything squared away soon. You can enter all the clean-up activity in your fitness tracker for sure!
    2108 days ago
    Holy crap! Good call on the not running!

    And what a nice guy you are :) Good deed of the day!
    2108 days ago
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    I totally get that part about helping and not wanting money. Everyone I've ever met from Hawaii is like that. I think it's so ingrained in Polynesian culture that it's an automatic reaction. If you tell that story to a bunch of folks from Hawaii, you'd probably not even mention that you didn't want the money, because none of them would think you would. emoticon

    I think you may have had more wind than we did over here in the wind-swept brush steppe.
    2108 days ago
    Glad you were all safe & good call on not running...tripping over tree roots and landing on your face would hurt!

    Your kindness to others was surely appreciated :)
    2108 days ago
  • SBEAR5
    oh man! that was quiet the wind storm! Glad you & the mrs are ok and only your dog run was affected. And, way to be the nice guy! Proud to virtually know you! haha

    Glad you decided not to run this morning! Geez!
    2108 days ago
    you dont know me and I dont know you but I am soo proud of you Too many people would either not have helped or tsken advantage God bless you and I hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season love to you all
    2108 days ago
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