TheLastRifleMan wrote:That looks rough!
It was pretty nasty, it was the first time in decades that we messed up and went home during the rainy season. We lost power for awhile (they usually have rolling blackouts or brownouts as a general rule anyway.
I'm glad we stock up on bottled water (comes in 5 gallon jerry cans as well as the usual plastic bottles) and canned/boxed goods before we arrive and then top off once we hit the ground. Then again Lil's family is part owner in a Sari Sari store (we have the other half, but never seem to see any $), and it is right down stairs. Thankfully we do not keep frozen food on hand as we do our fresh meat/veggies at the local market on a daily basis (well Lil and the maid do, I stay at home and sell ice in plastic bags and scare the kids).
Anything that we do not use (and it usually is a good amount of stuff) we give to her family or it goes back into the stock at the store. It's a way to help out her family, we pay our way (and their way as well) and then give back what we do not use and of course give some $ when we leave.
Average salary over there is somewhere around $200.00 a month or less......one of my nieces is a RN and she makes about $250.00 or so a month.
Anyway, it really tore up a lot of personal stuff. Most of the buildings in my AO are made out of either concrete block (not good cause it is very pourous) or poured concrete (mine is), but still the water gets into the first floor apartments, offices and stores and pretty much ruins at least the furniture. I can't begin to imagine the mold issues in some of the places there.
I ended up floating my favorite barber a loan (I'll never see it, so I might as well call it a give away) for some new electric clippers and razors so he could go back to work.
It is an unfortunate fact of life that this type of stuff happens there at least once a year, if not more often. Sometimes it just floods the streets and stays out of the compound (there is a two foot barrier at all the openings) and most of the other private residences have the same thing as well. But with their piss poor sewer system (now that is a job I have seen done and would not want to do it - cleaning out their turtle ditches, by hand, in shorts and flip flops), it is always clogged with mud, trash and only the good Lord knows what else is in there, so it is a forgone conclusion that if it rains it will flood.
Imagine their surprise when I got up and walked out of my bedroom in my boxers to find two of her brothers, their wives, three nieces, a nephew and some other relative that works as our maid and my favorite of them all Bec all sitting around drinking Lil's coffee (thankfully not my tea) and eating my food.
Lil: What in the world are you doing?
Me: Going to the bathroom, as I am looking around the living room/kitchen area (love those open floor plans).
Lil: Why don't you have some clothes on?
Me: I do.
Lil: Boxers are not considered clothing.
Me: Evidently they are at Walmart.
Lil: For the love of God stop standing there and go get some clothes on.
Me: But I have to go to the bathroom.......can't you tell? Besides what the heck is everyone doing up here?
Bec: I can tell......nice, real nice.
Me: Thanks Bec........(hey at least I still got it) as I head to the bathroom.
Lil: It's flooding out there, so they moved to your high ground. Hey you better not come out of there in your boxers!
Bec: Why not?
Me: Hey I don't keep a spare set of clothes in the bathroom, but you know that might be a good idea for those just incase moments.
Lil: No its not, just wait a sec and I'll get you some clothes.
Bec: I'll do it!
Me: No thanks, I don't want you going through my underwear draw.
Bec: To late, its not like I have not done it before.
Me: Farking hell.....no privacy and no farking respect. Maybeth! I'm going to need a cold beer!
Lil: I thought you were going to the bathroom.
Me: I'm multi-tasking!
It was a long few days for all of us. The water had to be pumped out, then the mud had to be cleaned out, everything that was left on the floor had to be taken out, cleaned and dried out, clothes and bedding had to be either cleaned and dried or thrown away and replaced with new stuff. Of course they all stayed with Lil and I, thankfully I have the only second floor apartment that has roof access. Sometimes you just have to get the heck out of dodge and sitting up on the roof with large umbrella and a cold beer works just fine.
Oh and it seems that if we are not there and it floods they move into our apartment.......I don't even want to know...really I don't. I made Lil buy us a new mattress and bedsheets.
“Complacency kills. Paranoia is the reason I’m still alive.” If we do happen to make contact, I expect nothing less than gratuitous violence from the lot of ya.