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I was traveling from Virginia to Central Maine to spend some time with my folks during Thanksgiving. It was raining real hard so driving was becoming very difficult. I was not getting any help on the driving front because my spouse was sleeping. The sky was becoming very dark and I was getting a feeling that things were going to turn sour real fast.

It was the smell of the Turkey, time spent with my siblings that I was thinking about. I really do believe this is the best holiday of any of them. Family getting together and having a great dinner. The folks will be so happy to have their children and grand child for Thanksgiving. The smiles on their faces, the drinks, and football. I heard a screech and the car in front of me is going sideways, fishtailing, roads are getting slippery now.

The road were getting horrendous and I was slowing the vehicle down to keep safe. We were moving into Southern, Maine over the Portsmouth Bridge when the snow was coming down so hard on Highway 95. The traffic was still moving at a clip when off to the side I noticed a speed limit sign. Wow, when did they move the speed limit up to 75 mph? I asked my wife. Can you believe that, people are going to kill themselves going that fast. I nodded and agreed with her. Still moving North and traveling very fast the car in front of me started slipping and crossed the centerline. The vehicle crashed into a semi, blowing the car into pieces, debris flying through the air.

The debris kept flying and smashed my windshield and something hit me hard. The lights went out. I woke up with dust flying through the air. It was the dust from the airbag. I instantly thought of my wife, how she was doing. I look over and only see her starring into nowhere. Her eyes not blinking. The debris had gone through the window striking her in the chest area. I had lost my love, the only one who understood me, my hugger. What was I going to tell my family, it was going to tear me apart.

The ambulance and fire personal came to our assistance. They dragged her out of the car, looking with a sad face, I knew there was nothing they could do. I was brought to a police car to be questioned and checked to see If I had been drinking. No officer, I told you I haven’t had a drink. The officer responds with me having to walk the line to check for sobriety. I think you need to settle down Mr. or I’m going to take you to jail. I guess I didn’t settle down and I was looking between bars in a jail. Where had everything gone wrong? I was alone, no family and in Jail.

I can tell you people and insist that you do not drink and drive this holiday and make other arrangements if the snow make traveling to bad. No person in this world would want to see anything happen to you, Turkey or not. Enjoy the holiday folks, be smart, don’t drink and drive.

Bilodeau,D.H. 2014

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In Preparation

12__9Get ready we could be in for a wild ride. Reports coming in for possible ice storm. I remember 1998 like it was yesterday. In New England we always took storms with an iron chin. No problem for us Northerner’s.

What we never knew was that this storm was about to devastate the area. Where I live we were without power for 15 days. I just remember the tree’s falling all over the place. If you went outside you could here a tree cracking every few mintues. I also remember wires coming down all over the place. We were not prepared.

Starting tonight and right through the weekend we are suppose to get freezing rain. We are getting a heads up from the weather service to get ready. People listen to what they are saying. Maine is going to get hit. The northern part of the State will received 12-14 inches of snow but anywhere in the southern part of the State is going to get a possible .50 inches of ice. Don’t get caught with your pants down like 98.

I have started the generator, made sure I have gasoline, batteries, and other supplies. Sorry I’m anal like that. I am a Firefighter so I must be prepared incase I am out doing other stuff during the storm. The chainsaw is ready, and it will go into the truck if things start getting bad. I don’t want to sound hysterical but ice is real bad on power lines and tree’s, let alone trying to walk on surfaces. Whoops! Smack! right on your bum. If you are going to burn candles make sure to blow them out before you go to bed. If running a generator, make sure to put it in a well ventilated area. Not in your cellar! Carbon Monoxide is the silent killer. 0.97 vapor density. It is lighter than air or very close to air, and can form in the same region as we breath normal air. Get some drinking water stored and don’t forget, I repeat again- Gasoline. Make sure to have enough food and folks you might not have TV, Nitendo, X-box, or other electronic devices. So get ready to do some camping within your own house. Take care, Be Safe, Look out for one another.818-tulsa-ice-storm-dec-9-2007