We have our luxuries and excessive frivolities restored now (heat in the house), and I think we're going to be fine.
However, I feel the need to point out some of the most valid points of the folks who were so kind as to comment here in regards to my FEMA tirade.
Survival is not a right, it is a privilege. It requires determination, drive, and a complete unwillingness to lay down and quit.
The day you stop moving is the day you die.
Humanity is measured not by the actions of the spotlight:
"History is made at night, character is what you are in the dark." ~ Dr. Lizardo (Buckaroo Banzai)
The help we received was no handout, it was a mutual effort to combat the encroaching wilderness, the darkness that threatened, and the oppressive boredom borne of a power outage (candles and books, whodathunkit?).
The American People are still here, I'm proud to report.
As to the folks at FEMA, I have served this country and I may have a legitimate claim to some sort of compensatory action.
Keep it. I took care of the finances well enough to deal with this problem, and I know many others who did so as well.
We will display our silent example of personal independence and intestinal fortitude.
Besides, I'm not sure I want to owe you anything.
Okay, I'm done being a pompous ass now! Sorry, but I wanted to recognize the commentors who were kind enough to commiserate and/or encourage.
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