Adventures of a Modern Day, Middle-Aged Hero, on the Glory Road(to family security)


As I said earlier...

It was a little breezy today.  I took this picture(from the passenger seat!) as we drove by John Dam Plaza in Richland about noon today.

No FEMA trailers in site, yet.

All total, we saw at least 30 trees, most of them in the 40-50 foot range blown over.  Part of the problem is that the natural desert weather patterns here in the Tri-cities don't promote deep root growth.  The other problem is there were several gusts in the 75-80mph range.

In addition to the trees, the were lots of shingles on the ground.  The house we are renting had about 15-20 of them blown of the roof last night, and the house we are trying to be had about 3 of them missing when the home inspector went up there today.  Other than that, there were a few other minor things noted by the inspector, but he also said that if I hadn't told him that the house was built in 1952, he wouldn't have guessed it. 


  1. Two words... steel roof.

    I wasn't sure, back when, about such things. I thought they might be really loud during hail, perhaps even rain. When I chose my home, the roof just happened to be steel, and I liked the rest of it so simply took the roof with the package. Glad I did. I've had a huge branch (the 'branch' was as big as some 30' trees) come down and smash the roof pretty hard. Not even a problem. Rain is no issue, sound wise. Nor is anything else I have had hit the roof louder than it should be.

    So, if you have gusts often, and inclement weather, when you go to replace, at least give metal roofing a thought. Oh, and I don't know if you need it, but the right kind of metal roof is much better for home water collection. Something I am hoping to get started on, when I get some of my other prep things done, here in a year or two.

  2. A metal roof IS on the list for 'someday'. Functional, AND my wife and I both like the look.