Saturday, November 14, 2009

Hurricaneaster Ida

I took this picture from my deck on Thursday, the worst day of Hurricane Ida, aka that pesky little nor'easter that blew through here. You read it here first, and probably won't read it anywhere else, but that was a small hurricane, not a huge nor'easter. There's a difference. I'll get back to you on what that difference is as soon as I look it up. Or make it up.

This is not a very good picture, but it does show how strong the wind was during Hurricaneaster Ida. In between those two pine trees is a hammock blown sideways. It stayed like that for a long time before finally snapping. The wind was just relentless.

Today, now that the worst of the storm has passed, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank a very generous, brave, selfless individual for saving my boat house and my dilapidated boat (which has four thousand years of loan payments still due).

Mathews Native Mark is Mathews Mountain Man's brother and Pookie's son.

Mathews Mountain Man was my track coach in high school; now he lives on the opposite side of the state with his lovely wife and children. Pookie, their mother, once made a hamburger which later exploded behind Gwynn's Island Baptist Church. She also caught me trespassing on her family's property on the coldest day of the year.

(If you haven't read that story, please click on the link above. It's a good 'un. There's a link within that post to the exploding hamburger incident. You just can't make this stuff up, folks.)

Mark waded through knee-high waters on a dock he could not see, braving horizontal rain and high winds to pull my boat out before it hit the roof. (Take a look at the boat house/dock pictures from the past two posts for an idea of what he waded through.)

Here's a shot from Thursday of the front yard, the tide and the rain. Merely opening the door to take this shot nearly knocked me over - and I was standing indoors. This was not even high tide, but for point of reference, that pine tree farthest away is normally well above and away from the water.

Did I mention how cold it was even without being submerged in water up past your knees? Somehow or another in all that wind and rain, Mark pulled the boat out of the boathouse and secured it to whatever dock posts were still visible. As he put it, "I'm from four generations of people who know the water, I ought to know how to tie up a boat."

Yes, but it's one thing to know how to do it and quite another thing to do it in horizontal rain and 50+ mph winds while wading knee-deep in rising waters on a dock you can't see.

There's nothing I can say or do to convey how much I appreciate his help in this disastrous shituation. Without his help, the boat would have sunk and/or the roof to the boathouse would be floating down the flooded ditches alongside Route 198.

Mark did say that if I had any single friends to please mention that he was available. So, lady readers, if you or someone you know is looking for a very kind man who will go to great lengths to help a friend by wading in 50 m.p.h. winds to save a boat, he's your man.

Thank you, Mark, for all your help. You saved the day. And the boathouse. And the boat. And my sanity - at least for the time being.

p.s. Can you hang shutters? Fix garage doors? Just kidding. Sort of.


Pueblo girl said...

Hope things get better soon.

Country Girl said...

Wow. I mean, wow.

I have two shutters that came down in this storm.

You're lucky to have the Mountain Man around.

Mrs F with 4 said...

Well, actually, CBW, I DO have single GF's looking for a jolly nice man... how does he feel about women with children though?

And thanks for your hurricaneaster, it's coming my way today, with torrential rain and winds. Nothing like you had, natch, and if WE flood, then it's not just a boat we'll be needing, it will be an ark (we don't like near water, and it's also quite high!).

I'm glad you are all safe, though, souls, boat and house. And hurray for amazing friends.

Kate said...

Somewhere in all the news I saw and read online, I saw it called a Nor'icane. I like that almost as much as hurricaneaster!

My brother said he didn't get flooded, but that my Dad got water in his pumphouse, so the pump needs repairing. I think they got off easy, thank goodness!

WV: andiu .... sounds like sausage!

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Two quick updates:

1. Just found out from an Anonymous Hallieford Resident that Mark's birthday is tomorrow.

2. If anyone reading this is looking for information on damage to property here in Mathews, you can contact me at or also ann marie at Ann Marie lives down Bavon/New Point area and can provide the status of that end of the county. I can check most any place else. We can send pictures too.

In general, I haven't seen much damage along the main thoroughfares other than standing water/flooding and a few downed trees, butthen again I've not ventured over to the island or down Ann Marie's neck of the woods or down any secondary roads, which is where most of the flooding occurred.

3. Have a great Saturday.

TSannie said...

So glad you survived! They're calling the storm NorIda up here. Wonder if that'll p off the Oreida folks.

Mental P Mama said...

Wow. Wow. Wow. And to think, we we sittin' there soaking up the sun just 5 days before....Glad you got that boat out! Maybe somebody'll see it and buy it now! And is that Buddy out there taking a bath in the bay?

My word? buyho

Meg @ Soup Is Not A Finger Food said...

It's a good thing Ida waited for OysterFest to be over before taking over the County.

You could pull a P-Dub and arrange a date for Mark via your website! It's been done... but what fun. I might have an idea or two... but need more details and specs...

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

I say there aint nothing like a Mountain Man! What a guy! And Happy Birthday early Shuga! I will puttin the word on you!
You let us know CBW if you need us to come help you!
We are knee deep in leaves since the storm but they can wait!

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Mrs. F - We might be onto something here so please let your friends know. I can send photos and other details separately, just tell me where - e-mail me at

Meg/Soup - you're onto something here - I think it's a grand idea.

To everyone - thank you for reading/commenting.

Phyl said...

Maybe a Mathews version of the Bachelor?

foolery said...

I listened to Mark quite a bit at Blogfest and thought he was cute and delightful. But CBW was filling my wine glass on the sly and I don't remember much after cleaning my plate . . .

Kudos to a good friend and to the good neighbors you all are. Stay dry!