posted on Aug, 20 2009 @ 10:29 AM
Thanks all of you guys for your kind support! It means a lot to me. You are right about my house, I think it could survive a near if not direct
nuclear strike. (Really hope I never find THAT out!). The amount of steel rebar in the concrete makes is something I need to keep an eye on. The
colonel who built the place did so in thirty six, independant sections, so if one starts to rust, I don't have to reinvent the wheel, just take out
that section and slide a new one in. Very bright guy this colonel. Sad to say he died in 1986, but I am sending a thank you note to his widow. Some
things about the house are very currious. The last few years of his life he was stuck in a wheel-chair. He had a perpetual fear of fire, thats when he
put in the fire sprinklers.
I'm in the slow process of "rigging" the house to monitor it's structural integrity, and mapping for a whole host of problems. If the 35W bridge
over the Mississippi, had this imbedded with init's structure we could have saved lives. numerouse factors, as well as cost...
There is a lot of system and structual redundancy in design of my house design; meaning failure of any componant will not cause a life and death
problem. He also put in a small elevator. It's sealed from smoke and since it's hydralic, in a power failure will just lower you to the bottom
level. There is an emergency exit at the lower level (which is underground).
The most severe damage I saw in my immediate area was a guy lost part of his garage roof, that and LOTS of down branch's. The strangest thing I saw
was a guy a few doors down from me had his cyclone fence, in part, pulled out of the ground. His home was not touched. I have read tornados can drive
straw into trees, peal the bark off that same tree, and leave it standing. I called the National Weather Service and University of Minnesota. Both
said it sounded like a microburst. A very selective one at that. I gave the phone numbers of the appropriate agencies to my neighbor so if he wanted
to call them its, hey its his property. But this was so weird, most likely I would not call anyone (other then the insurance guy) with out solid
no-holds bared proof Thanks again for your support, and as always please forgive spelling.(I have spell-checker at work, but not here)I was very
lucky, we all were. Even my solar cells will need at most minor repair. I got a bargain in the deal.
I won't forget that