Sunday, September 7, 2008


I never paid attention to east coast weather before moving here. Who cares when you are living in CA? Tropical storm Hana passed through last night dropping an estimated one inch of rain per hour. Do you know what that looks like?? I've never seen it rain so hard in my life and the radio and TV often have flood warnings for the nearby rivers. Winds were mild compared to what locals say a tropical storm is usually like. Apparently hurricanes and tropical storms sometimes follow the coastline up from the south. These storms are called "Nor' easters" that you hear about from offshore fishing vessels. In winter they say they are really fierce and cold.
With work starting on Wednesday, I am anxious to get at it and get an income rolling again. I signed a lease on a tiny garret (top floor) of a place in the town of Westbrook yesterday. Move in date is the 15th, so I'll be able to begin settling in soon. The big barn-like house has one other renter and the owners live in the downstairs. It has lots of windows and a huge side and back yard that look like a park. The cat will love it if we can figure out how she will be able to get into the yard. The front door opens onto a driveway near a busy street, so I think she won't want to go out there. I have a small private deck off the back and may try to figure out a way for her to get up and down from there.
Westbrook is 5 miles from work, and 5 miles from Portland. It's a small mill town with the Presumptscot river running through passing over a couple mill dams and some rocky rapids. There are street banners that say "Artists Live Here". I will be anxious to explore it further. The paper mill is closed (like most of the mills) and has been converted to artists lofts.

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