Christmas Eve bummer in south Florida

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Dec 25, 2011 3:34 AM GMT
    Around 8 PM a water main break 3 blocks from us cut off water to about 250,000 residents of Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park, and Wilton Manors. Service may not be restored until some time around midnight or perhaps tomorrow, and then we're being told to boil our water for a few days.

    Our Christmas dinner plans for tomorrow evening are now in question, if the local restaurant can't return to normal by then. Nor do we have any food to prepare a holiday meal at home, assuming we even can without potable water.

    Toilet flushing is actually an easy solution, that's worked in previous outages during hurricanes: haul buckets of water up from the river next to us and dump them into the toilet. What a memorable Christmas this may turn out to be! icon_razz.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Dec 25, 2011 3:54 AM GMT
    Is this news or politics? Why did the water main break?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Dec 25, 2011 4:05 AM GMT
    Dean_Aane saidIs this news or politics? Why did the water main break?

    To quote the description I wrote when Chris created this forum category at my suggestion:

    "Discuss general news & politics"

    This is an item of general news, that affects a number of RJ members in this area, as well as 250,000 other people. Live TV reports from the scene indicate the cause of the break has not yet been determined, but water is fountaining onto the street.

    While I was typing this we got a robo call from Fort Lauderdale, telling us repairs were under way, and including instructions about boiling our water when service resumes.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Dec 25, 2011 6:32 AM GMT
    Some of the holidays we spent without power were the most intimate. Nice and cozy, with the fire and the hurricane lamps. Of course, that meant hauling water by bucket, which was a chore, but once you've got the house all stocked up, take off your shoes and relax.

    Of course, these days, we've got a big diesel generator, so that never happens. The kids are so missing out.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Dec 25, 2011 6:55 AM GMT
    If they can do it on Little House On The Prairie, so can you!

    I had to spend my teen summers living without running H20 and electricity stuck in the country. It's manageable.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Dec 25, 2011 6:55 AM GMT
    While this may or may not be the "Merriest" of Christmases, it will be a memorable one. ;-)
  • CuriousJockAZ

    Posts: 19138

    Dec 25, 2011 6:59 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidLive TV reports from the scene indicate the cause of the break has not yet been determined, but water is fountaining onto the street.




    Now, you know damn well those Republicans are behind this somehow icon_eek.gif

    JUST KIDDING!!!! icon_wink.gif In all seriousness, I am very sorry to hear that your Christmas is not off to a great start. Who knows, maybe in some way it will end up being one of the more memorable Christmas's in a long time. Bad things have a way sometimes of turning into blessings in disguise if you keep a positive attitude about it. Hope it gets better for you all down there in Florida on Christmas Day.
  • rnch

    Posts: 11524

    Dec 25, 2011 11:24 AM GMT
    Bummer icon_exclaim.gif





    icon_sad.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Dec 25, 2011 11:31 AM GMT
    I think now that this glitch has happened, you should just plan that this will be one of those Christmasses you will tell stories and laugh about. Scrap all of your plans and spend the day being spontaneous and find ways to make even more new and fun memories out of it. It can be a Christmas Adventure.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Dec 25, 2011 12:41 PM GMT
    OK, water has been restored, I think close to midnight, not as late as first advisories were saying. But the boil water requirement remains in effect for an indefinite period for drinking and cooking, but not for taking showers. Or else to use bottled water.

    My coffee was made this morning with bottled water. Fortunate in one sense that we had already decided not to do a dinner here today, but not sure if our restaurant reservations for tonight will be any good. We won't be able to phone them until early afternoon to know what's happening, they don't open until 4:30.

    I'd feel sorry for the restaurant we had picked if they have to remain closed, since they were doing a prix fixe and had ordered large quantities of food not normally on their menu, like traditional sliced turkey (what we planned to have). Or the extra hassle & expense they'll have in order to prepare meals for a fully booked restaurant under these conditions.

    For ourselves we can stay home if we must, and just eat whatever's around. We were taking a "holiday orphan" with us to the dinner, his partner in California on business, so he may be out of luck. You really never know what curves life will throw at you.
  • rnch

    Posts: 11524

    Dec 25, 2011 12:47 PM GMT
    "prix fixe".... icon_biggrin.gif


    you DO have a lyrical sense of writing, a "way with words" that is often sadly lacking in today's texting world.
  • LuckyGuyKC

    Posts: 2080

    Dec 25, 2011 1:06 PM GMT
    My water went off in the evening several weeks ago and after it was restored I found that my basement carpet was wet. Apparently my foundation can withstand 6 inch rains but not a broken water main in the front yard.

    Note for all - If you own a deep freezer they are rarely full. Fill an assortment of 20 oz to 2 liter plastic bottles of water in the bottom and let them freeze. This frozen water will greatly reduce the cost of running the freezer and here are some uses during natural disasters:

    1) Ice is useful in many first aid situations.
    2) Frozen plastic bottles can be thawed out and used for potable water when you loose your fresh water supply.
    3) Place one or more frozen bottles in your refrigerator compartment at a time when you loose your electricity. Leave the rest in the freezer until you need them. You can keep your food fresh for days. I did this during a recent outage.

    My freezer has about 30 bottles of water in the bottom right now. I only take them out when needed or when I need to make room for food.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Dec 25, 2011 1:09 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidAround 8 PM a water main break 3 blocks from us cut off water to about 250,000 residents of Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park, and Wilton Manors. Service may not be restored until some time around midnight or perhaps tomorrow, and then we're being told to boil our water for a few days.

    Our Christmas dinner plans for tomorrow evening are now in question, if the local restaurant can't return to normal by then. Nor do we have any food to prepare a holiday meal at home, assuming we even can without potable water.

    Toilet flushing is actually an easy solution, that's worked in previous outages during hurricanes: haul buckets of water up from the river next to us and dump them into the toilet. What a memorable Christmas this may turn out to be! icon_razz.gif



    OMG! Not good -can you relo the dinner to Miami Beach? Merry Christmas anyway!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Dec 25, 2011 1:13 PM GMT
    rnch said"prix fixe".... icon_biggrin.gif


    you DO have a lyrical sense of writing, a "way with words" that is often sadly lacking in today's texting world.

    ::: BLUSH ::: Well, restaurants themselves use the French for "fixed price" meals, as this one tonight did when they sent out an e-mail blast inviting us to this holiday special.

    A tip: sometimes I create my own version of a prix fixe, a "payƩ d'avance" that can really wow a date, or in my case sometimes a little surprise for my partner.

    I prepay a day or so in advance, sufficient to cover any anticipated expense. A few owners that know me will also just extend me the credit. Then when the meal is completed I simply get up without waiting for a check and paying, any small difference owed me or them settled at a later time. It avoids that unromantic awkwardness of reviewing the check, and fumbling over who will pay and how much, card or cash, etc.

    My guest will become alarmed. "Aren't you going to pay?"

    "It was already paid in advance." My date's eyes would get as big as saucers, some never having heard of the practice. And realizing the extra care and forethought that went into this evening I had planned for him. It still even tickles my jaded old partner when I spring it on him.

    Do try it yourself sometime, it really can make a special dinner even more special.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Dec 25, 2011 1:20 PM GMT
    HowHotKC saidMy water went off in the evening several weeks ago and after it was restored I found that my basement carpet was wet. Apparently my foundation can withstand 6 inch rains but not a broken water main in the front yard.

    Note for all - If you own a deep freezer they are rarely full. Fill an assortment of 20 oz to 2 liter plastic bottles of water in the bottom and let them freeze. This frozen water will greatly reduce the cost of running the freezer and here are some uses during natural disasters:

    1) Ice is useful in many first aid situations.
    2) Frozen plastic bottles can be thawed out and used for potable water when you loose your fresh water supply.
    3) Place one or more frozen bottles in your refrigerator compartment at a time when you loose your electricity. Leave the rest in the freezer until you need them. You can keep your food fresh for days. I did this during a recent outage.

    My freezer has about 30 bottles of water in the bottom right now. I only take them out when needed or when I need to make room for food.

    We keep bottled water in our bar fridge. Not enough for a long outage, but it'll get us through this incident.

    I like your idea of frozen water, and know from experience that having "ballast" items in a fridge or freezer helps to stabilize temps. And I can see the advantage of using the frozen water bottles to maintain cold temps during an electrical outage.

    But is there any problem with burst bottles or popped caps from the expanding ice? That's the only concern I would have.
  • turtleneckjoc...

    Posts: 4685

    Dec 25, 2011 1:20 PM GMT
    I don't know how often this happens in your area, but in metro Orlando this is about a weekly event.

    There is one suburb, Winter Springs, where "boil water alerts" happen all the time and you guys would laugh at the way the news media here plays it up....

    "We have breaking news," shouts a hyperactive news anchor. "SuchandSuch Street in Winter Springs is under a boil water alert until 8 PM Tuesday." If you remember the old film footage of the announcer describing the Hindenburg airship tragedy, the boil water alert warning is delivered in the same fashion locally. Even with the "Oh no" tagged at the end. Too funny.

    Regardless, have a gay holiday in Wilton Manors! I would love to see how it's decked out for the holidays.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Dec 25, 2011 1:37 PM GMT
    NJDewd saidOMG! Not good -can you relo the dinner to Miami Beach? Merry Christmas anyway!

    We have no reservations for MB or anywhere else outside the affected area, kinda late now. And frankly we don't want to have to drive back 35 miles through heavy south Florida traffic in the dark after we've been drinking (and probably a lot of other drivers drinking, too).

    This place, if it does open tonight, is very close to us, we really could walk it, and may, to avoid any issues with accidents and DUI, one of the reasons we picked it. We're very strict about the driver never drinking, and we'll hitch rides with others we know who also won't drink, so that the two of us can both have something at the party or table. But despite my reputation (as much promulgated by myself for comic effect), I never drink & drive, nor does my partner. And for this holiday meal we'd both like to enjoy some wine together.

    But hey, haven't heard from you in a while. You down here? Or plan to come? Haven't seen you in so very long, we'd love to visit with you again and get reacquainted. Email me to arrange something. icon_biggrin.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Dec 25, 2011 11:43 PM GMT
    Good news! We spoke with the restaurant, and they're going ahead with dinner, because they say they can meet the water purification requirements. Official word is that we all still have to boil our tap water until at least sometime tomorrow (Monday).

    So we're leaving shortly, my partner & me, plus our "holiday gay orphan" friend whose partner is out of state. I tried to interest a local RJer to be our fourth, but a much longer ride for him to get here alone, that would limit his normally prodigious drinking. Too bad, would like to have had dinner with him again.

    So hopefully all slowly getting back to normal, more or less. icon_biggrin.gif
  • turtleneckjoc...

    Posts: 4685

    Dec 25, 2011 11:46 PM GMT
    This might be a little late here, but it's an opportunity for the future.....

    I have sold the Fountainbleu Hotel in Miami countless times recently for those traveling to that area. What about a nice dinner there? That might be a New Year's Eve idea for you......
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Dec 25, 2011 11:46 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said... I tried to interest a local RJer to be our fourth, but a much longer ride for him to get here alone, that would limit his normally prodigious drinking.
    ...>
    The more I sit at home bored and thinking about it, the more I think that I could probably find a local place in Ft. Lauderdork to stay for the night. icon_biggrin.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Dec 25, 2011 11:48 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Art_Deco said... I tried to interest a local RJer to be our fourth, but a much longer ride for him to get here alone, that would limit his normally prodigious drinking.
    ...>
    The more I sit at home bored and thinking about it, the more I think that I could probably find a local place in Ft. Lauderdork to stay for the night. icon_biggrin.gif

    Well, you've got 10 minutes to get up here. Phone me for the address in Oakland Park. And hell, if I'd had a warning, we could have put you in our office, which is presently uninhabitable.
  • turtleneckjoc...

    Posts: 4685

    Dec 25, 2011 11:49 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    paulflexes said
    Art_Deco said... I tried to interest a local RJer to be our fourth, but a much longer ride for him to get here alone, that would limit his normally prodigious drinking.
    ...>
    The more I sit at home bored and thinking about it, the more I think that I could probably find a local place in Ft. Lauderdork to stay for the night. icon_biggrin.gif

    Well, you've got 10 minutes to get up here. Phone me for the address in Oakland Park.


    If I weren't so darned far and didn't have to go to work in the morning....I would jump on the T-Pike and head down.....