Deb's Lake Conroe Real Estate & Stuff! : A Generator and Guilt...I Got Both!

A Generator and Guilt...I Got Both!

I was on the phone for two days coming up with the possibility of a generator to help us survive theGustav Projected Pathpossible repercussions of Gustav...Home Depot today said they were getting 12.

I called and called and finally the man said they were on their way so I hopped into the truck and headed to the Depot!

Instead they got 7 generators and when I got there they were all claimed.

 People were being turned away that had driven many miles for one. I introduced myself to the employee that had taken my many calls and he was sorry but hey, first come first served. I stepped back into the wings to digest my misfortune and a very loud argument broke out.

The argument was between another man and one of the gentlemen that was waiting for his generator. It grew louder until Home Depot escorted them out. My HD employed yelled..."Debra?" I said, I'm here! He said the generator is yours!

Whew, that was a prayer being answered. So, I got a generator.


Where does that come in? Well, there were massive people beginning to squabble over the generators. One young couple had just made a 70 mile round trip to get theirs. She looked at me and nearly cried.

Temptation tapped me on the shoulder to give up my generator for them...I just had to assess the fact that I too have a husband and animals and the need for the generator. Home Depot literally "accompanied" each of us to receive the generator. Fear and anticipation is in the air.

My friends, take my advice and don't wait till you actually need it to get prepared for a storm. Even if, Lord willing, we are not hit with this Gustav...I'm keeping the generator and next time will be prepared.

Thanks for all your support! I will continue to write as long as I can. I pray for every ones safety.

Later in the rain~Deb (unfortunately that will be literal!)



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Comment balloon 21 commentsDeb Brooks • August 30 2008 06:25PM


Wow - I hope you don't get hit!  Be prepared!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 10 years ago

Deb, hard to tell where this one is headed, but if you have a generator you should be set.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago

Deb~ It is amazing how people act under diress. I hope it doesn't put you in harms way. (Gustav)  and you're right- it pays to be prepared ahead of time! We have a generator and have not had to use it yet, but we are prepared. 

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) over 10 years ago

I am glad to see you are preparing.  Tropical Storm Fay just left a big mess here in Central Florida.  Good luck to you.

Posted by Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F (Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Deb, glad you got a generator.  Hope you don't have to use it.  As you remember, San Antonio got some of the remnants of Hurricane Dolly a month or so ago.  Remember me sitting in the closet as the tornado was heading for my neighborhood. :)  I spent the morning telling my brother to get over here -- they live in Cameron Parish in Louisiana and were hit pretty bad by Rita 3 years ago -- he's just getting his house back to normal. 

Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) over 10 years ago

Deb - Stay safe and keep us posted.  Will be thinking about you and your family during this tough time.  God be with all in the path of this storm.

Posted by Bob Cumiskey, US Army Retired, Your Sun City Center, Florida ~ Realtor (A1 Connection Realty, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Howdy Deb

My friend, you do not have a thing to feel guilty about. You where more than welling to go back home with out a generator. I'll be thinking about you and your family, and pray Y'all are keeped safe. Along with all my friends in Texas.

I have been keep en an eye on this here storm!

Baker Home Inspection and Consulting

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) over 10 years ago

Deb - Your compassion toward others is obvious.  However, you made the right decision.  We'll be watching closely and hoping that you don't have to use your new purchase. 

Posted by Erik Hitzelberger, Louisville - Middletown Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes) over 10 years ago

Georgina, me too! The stress that goes with these storms is almost as bad as the storm. Uh, no.

Gary, Now, if I can get it to work!

Vicki, The stress and anxiety that goes with it is real. I can't blame them. I just got lucky. 

Rob, thanks I will be as careful as possible.

JuJu, Ugh. Not finding family isn't cool. Worry is damageing. My son was in the Fla 2004 mess.

Bob, I will! I don't expect it to hit till Tuesday...but the weather channel is human too.

Dale, I was...but I didn't. They were a lot younger than we are. Self preservation you know.

Erik, I do feel scared for everyone! I hope I made the right decision. I hope.

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago

Debra, Back during Rita my husband waited in line for several hours to get a generator.  Actually I took the Home Depot run and was told that they were taken.  The next morning he got up at 5:00 in the morning and went and stood in line at a place that mainly sold that kind of thing (that is a long way of saying I can't remember the name of the place.)  Any way we have a generator and since then he has hooked it up to our house.  We couldn't run our A/C but could run everything else.

I guess time will tell where this is going.  We are not being told to evacute over here so if it shifts there is going to be a mass exodus. 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 10 years ago

Deb, I'm glad you got your generator!  Something tells me you will share the juice with neighbors who need a cup of hot coffee or warmed formula.  Good luck over the coming weekend, and I'll be thinking about you.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 10 years ago

I too remember working with Katrina evacuees. 

Deb, it is amazing how much difference the storms affect you versus us.  If you need anything Deb, please let me know.  I've got room and can make room for animals. 

Posted by Sondra Meyer:, See It. Experience It. Live It. (Star View Real Estate ) over 10 years ago

Hi Deb... Glad you got it... Hope you don't need it.  And don't spend a moment feeling guilty... you just have good generator karma!  Hang in there and stay safe!

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 10 years ago

Deb - stay safe, glad you got the generator. No need to feel guilty, but, if you can share the benefits of the generator with someone less fortunate.....

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) over 10 years ago

Hi Deb, I'll certainly keep you and everyone in the track of this storm in my prayers. I am glad you were able to score the generator. If needed it will make things much easier.

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) over 10 years ago

When Charlie and the the other two hurricanes hit a while back in FL, we were without power for 14 days......

We lost all our food and meat inside a freezer we had in our garage.....

After 7 days one of the choir members at church let us use a generator until we got power.

It powered an A/C unit, the TV and several fans........ that was about it......

Some homes in Florida are built these days with a whole house generator that kicks on after the power is out for more than a minute of so. Everything in the house can be used....but they take a LOT of kerosene to run...

I am glad you got YOUR generator, sister!!

Posted by Alexander Harb, Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing (Knights Investing) over 10 years ago

Deb, I hope you and your family will be safe. We're pretty lucky up here, just a very occasional tornado warning. When we lived in the Detroit area it seemed like we spent a lot of time in the basement during the summer months because of warnings. My husband was working midnights way back then, our kids were just little, so there I would be in the basement under the workbench with the kids the dogs, the bird, and the guinea pigs.

Posted by Jacqueline Tolstyka, Realtor - Selling Beautiful Northern Michigan (Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors) over 10 years ago

Deb - Glad you got your generator. Stay safe.

We drove up to Cabela's yesterday morning, they had a four hour sale. We got there 15 minutes before they opened and already a long line. Ceil and I made our plan, I would take the upper level and she would take the bottom level; whomever found the "generator" first would call the other via cell phone. We walked in the front door and there sat 20 generator's. We got one. They were gone within three minutes. People coming in were really upset that they only had 20 generators. I would imagine that is happening everywhere. You are right, don't wait until the last minute.

We had been saying we would buy one for the last five years and thought it would be good to have for emergency purposes. We can go out to the fifth wheeler, fire up the generator  and use until the electricity comes back on.

Posted by Carl Winters over 10 years ago

Carl & Ceil, glad you got a generator too.  I'm thinking we need to add one to our list of needs.   

Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) over 10 years ago

Looks like everyone is pretty fortunate but don't think they are quite out of the woods just yet. They are still watching things closely in Louisiana.

It think I heard there is a new one.... "Ike" that we need to watch.

Posted by Carl Winters over 10 years ago

Carl, just got off the phone with my brother in Lake Charles.  They got lots of rain and wind (up around 50+mph) but it seems to be calming down for them now.  There are about 3,000 homes without electricity in the Lake Charles area but all in all they were very lucky.  They'll be able to see if there's any damage tomorow.  I have friends in Houma -- won't be able to contact them for awhile, and family in the Baton Rouge area, haven't been able to contact them.

Yep, now, we have to worry about Ike and then Josephine.   :(

Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) over 10 years ago