Thanks to those who PM'ed about the flooding....BOTH of you lol. Feels nice to be loved. I am in the brunt of it all in Findlay Ohio. It's been an insane past few days. I live out of town and am fine, but have been in the brunt of things for the past few days helping out family and friends when I can. We've had an insanely dry summer this far, pretty much a drought. That is, up until about sunday. We got hammered. It started about 5:30am Tuesday when my mom called me freaking out, as she had just heard from my brother. He lives in a small town South of Findlay called Arlington. They received heavy rains which caused local flooding. At the time he had called my mom, both of his cars were up to the bottom of the body in water, and wakes were within inches of coming in his front door. We were to make our debut on the lake erie island of put in bay tuesday and wednesday. After getting this call, I made the decision to call the club, and cancel our shows for tueday and wednesday night. There was no way for me to get to them, so I just went back to sleep. About noon, I got a call from the bro saying that the flash flooding had gone down, and that we were going to go ahead and do the gigs. He got lucky, he was spared...but his in-laws have lost their home, everything they own, and have worked their entire lives for. He later called the club to tell them we were on our way, but they had already found someone else. I kind of felt like a dick, like I had jumped the gun, and gave away our gigs for nothing. I told my singer who owns a music store in town, that all of that water is going to be heading somewhere....and that I'd suggest he gets the stuff out of there. He and some friends got all of the guitars out, and everything off of the floor. He felt he was being overly cautious, at that. About midnight, he called and said there was about three inches of water in the store, and that I should come join him and the nino's (local hot spot club, and good friends of ours) crew right across the street from the music store to come watch the water rise. I had nothing to do the next day, and being a night owl by nature.....I said why not. I got there about 12:30, and the water was rising at a staggering pace, matching or breaking the record set in 1913, or something around then. About 2am with the water appearing to be about 3 feet deep, I told my bud who owned the music store, that we NEEDED to go in and pick up everything in there that was not yet gotten out. There was a LOT more stuff in there than he thought he had left. We found a couple trash cans, and used them to fill up with equipment, then float the cans outside with us to the truck sitting in water. About 3 grand worth of stuff from trash cans, dumped any which way into the back of a pickup. About an hour and a half in thigh deep water/sewage, we had everything out. Side topic.....you know one more think I learned to hate? Sight see-ers. Some stupid hipped pieces of **** sat on the dry side of the street using us for their entertainment for an hour or so, then had the balls to ask me for a smoke when I trenched out of the sewage head to toe. "F*** you" pretty much summed it up for them. I ended up having a great time calling people names before this was all said and done, and it was quite therapeutic. Shortly after we had the store cleaned out, our bro's right across the street were up to about 7 feet deep in water in the basement, despite two large pumps running non stop. About this time, all of the media started showing up. We have all been on Toledo TV, plus CNN, CBS national news, and this morning Good Morning America. We spent the night at Nino's doing anything we could to help keep the water at bay. Through the course of the night, we saw all kinds of crazy things....someone trying to drive a van through 6 feet of water, two people trying to wade through the currents that moved said van 30 feet.....they got ate by the river. Search and rescue crowds never found them. I was one of two eye witnesses of this that saw the entire events from start to finish. As of late yesterday afternoon, the water has been receding, and is back into the river where it belongs along main street anyway. I didn't go sight seeing, or any place else where I didn't belong, unlike all the other assholes. I showed up to the music store later this afternoon to help clean out after the water had receded away from the store area. In between drinking mass amounts of beer, we managed to get all of the floor out, and some of the outside wall. National guard is coming by in the morning to pick up as much debris as possible, so we tried to get as far ahead as we could. The building owners have no insurance, so we're doing this by ourselves. I don't know that it is doable though....some of the foundation washed away, and the floor joists are so screwed up a few broke walking across them. I got a sandal full of poo covered water.....awesome. Tired of the sight see-ers posing for pictures in front of other people's devastation, bringing their kids down to a national disaster then yelling at us for swearing.....we made some comedy by writing on the front winows - "no insurance, accepting donations for rebuild" I later added "beer okay". Next door is a copy machine dealer that still hasn't even shown up. I wrote on theirs "We have insurance, and aren't doing S***!" My brother sold all of his gear he owns to help out his in-laws, and has gotten a lot of help from the music manufacturing community he is affiliated with to help as well.