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The Aftermathening

February 8th, 2008

I’m back at work today after two days of dealing with the effects of Tropical Storm Snowzilla. Yesterday, I ripped out all of the vinyl laminate flooring in our basement, as well as the underlay padding. The latter was the most important to get up, as it was quite damp and almost certainly would’ve given us a terminal case of mold. Nearly all of it is out of the house now, though we ran out of room in the trash can and resorted to tossing a lot of padding in a messy heap on the back patio, to be Dealt With Later.

Other than the floor, the damage was relatively minimal. The laundry room doors expanded at the bottom, but I think they can be sanded down so that they can be closed normally. All of the electronics survived, though my metal TV stand retained water and started to rust from the inside out before I caught it. Some personal memorabilia was ruined, but nothing too upsetting. I did lose the VHS tapes I had from my time in California, which, ironically, had been safe in the toyroom closet until I brought them down in preparation for dubbing to DVD. Still, it’s not like I’d watched them in at least 15 years.

The main thing that pisses me off, aside from having to rip out the floor, is that the majority of my “Showcase Presents” DC comics reprint volumes were wiped out in one stroke. I had brought them downstairs a couple of months ago because I was out of shelf space. Unfortunately, they were too near the floor (because, I thought, we never have any trouble with flooding). Only six survived, and that was because they were stacked vertically, allowing the bottom two books to take the hit for the rest. In hindsight, I wish I’d done that with the others. Blurgh. At least they’re easily replaceable.

So, with the floor ripped out, I can start putting things back to some semblance of normality. I think we’ll hold off on putting in a new floor, and honestly, right now I’m strongly considering just painting the concrete and buying some throw rugs.

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