Last week Sitka experienced a windstorm with gusts up to 75 mph. The kids and I had a fun time walking over to UAS – especially in some of the gusts that felt like they would blow us away. Unfortunately, the power line between town and the hydro projects that supply our power was knocked out by a tree. This occurred in a location that is easy to reach on foot, but was not so convenient for the electrical department work vehicles. As a result we had 3 days of rolling blackouts. That was inconvenient at times, but the bigger problem for me was the crash of a hard drive. I think the data is still good, but it doesn’t help much when the computer can only read from it for a minute or so before it becomes unresponsive. I’m still somewhat hopeful for recovery, but I’m not holding my breath. Fortunately, that drive didn’t have all of my pictures, but unfortunately, it did have the lightroom catalog that I used to import and keep them organized. I had been planning to make progress catching up on old photos, but I guess that effort will be postponed for a while longer (until I can get things recovered or rebuilt, if it comes to that).