I'm really, really glad the political party conventions are over. We were able to see Ann Romney before the power went out, but missed Paul Ryan and Mitt. And Eastwood! We missed Clint Eastwood! The battery operated radio was all-Isaac, all the time.
Ann Romney was some kind of impressive -- sincere, intelligent, and she didn't insult the intelligence of those listening to her, unlike a certain First Lady who shall remain nameless, and who flexed her muscles behind the podium a lot.
I did watch most of the network coverage of the Democrats. I know -- why? That was Pepper's take on the whole thing, but I wanted to see what was being said for myself instead of relying on the media to convey content.
Wanting to hear for myself turned out to be a big mistake when Clinton did his marathon pat-himself-on-the-back speech. Did the Democrats learn nothing from his performance when nominating Dukakis? Now maybe you understand why we Arkies used the phrase, "Clinton Time," when he was governor. He was always late, and always ran over.
It was probably a mistake to watch the Young President, too. That is the tallest drink of aloof, narcissistic sparkling water I've ever encountered. Pepper had to leave the room on several occasions to do a little guitar therapy in order to ward off a stroke. And what a finale! Splat. Serves them right for unnecessarily moving the location because of the non-existent "bad weather."
Anyway, now we're in the home stretch and I expect the robo-calls to begin at any minute. With dread. Serious dread.
So, what's been happening at Moogie's Mansion since the storm? We're still waiting on the roofer -- blue tarp is in place, though, as is the downed chimney cap. Man, that thing made quite a racket when it hit the deck! Pepper went into manic Captain Ahab mode with painting and door-repairing and more painting. And yard cleaning.
The city has been pretty overwhelmed in getting the debris picked up. Isaac was such a slow mover that there was almost as much tree debris as after Katrina -- 54 consecutive hours of sustained winds in excess of at least 40 mph, with gusts at over 90. But, yesterday (I know! On a Sunday!) I heard the sound of heavy equipment and this is what I saw:
Yes. I realize that Moogie is very easily entertained on occasion. (And a guy that doesn't look very much like Andy gave me a hint on Facebook about turning the phone sideways when taking future videos. Thanks, Andy -- and friend!)
Of course, they only picked up the debris that was piled up (by the homeowners, thank you very much), not the stuff that has been bagged. So, we still have quite an impressive pile of bags littering the curbs. *sigh*
And, today Moogie did a little money laundering:
Shhh! Don't tell the authorities!