Sorta back in town and online now (56k - w00t!) after Rita hit. Of course the situation pales in comparison to Katrina but it was still a very life-disrupting kinda thing. My house fared *very* well - no significant damage beyond a blown-off attic vent and some fence gone. More importantly, my family and friends are all safe. Some pix: Donk central, before: and after: This is what greeted me upon returning after an initial 10 days of evacuation. Note how all the leaves were stripped off the trees. The bleak look says it all. It would still be about two weeks after this photo before I got power back. The broken tree scraped a dormer off the roof of the neighboring house and destroyed the front porch. If the wind had been blowing the other way, I guess I would have gotten it. And the backyard: Amazingly, no roof damage to that outbuilding. Last weekend I spent much quality time with a chainsaw. Hello, manual labor! Here is work - this is the office across the hall from mine: We have emergency evac-ed to first a branch office and then into a new building. My current office is an erstwhile medical examining room. There is still some of the medical equip in the room. Anyway, just thought I'd share some pics.