My thoughts

Winter Storms!
February 28, 2008, 3:47 am
Filed under: Intermediate, Uncategorized

We are almost coming out of winter, good thing too! This has been a hard winter for some, particularly those in the mountains.

My parents have a home in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. Although their home is only about an hour away from Seattle, it is a different world. Where we get mainly only rain, they get lots of snow. This year, my parents left for the winter, and are living on the East Coast. They have a burgular alarm in their home, and gave my phone number to the alarm company.

A few weeks ago, I got a phone call from the alarm company at 10:30 at night. They said that the alarm for one of the windows was going off. The police had been dispatched, could I check on the house? I said that I couldn’t go there. While I was on the phone with them, my mother called them. So I hung up and went to bed.

The next evening, they called again to say that a motion detector had gone off. This means that something was moving around in the house, setting off the alarm. Did I want the police called? I thought this was odd, considering the alarm had just gone off the night before. I decided that they should not call the police.

Then my mother called and told me what had happened. On the first night, the police had tried to find their house. They mistakenly went to the neighbor’s house instead. Then they went to the neighbor’s garage, thinking it was the house. The could not find it. The next day, the neighbors went to the house and discovered that a part of the roof had broken off (due to the weight of the snow), and broke a window. This explained the first alarm. My parents hired someone to come and fix it, which explains the other alarm. Apparently, they could not even open the front door because of all the snow!

Here are some pictures the neighbors took of the snow. There are many houses with damage like this. The repairman has a fulltime job trying to fix everything.

Where is the house?

Roof Collapse

There it is!

After shoveling