31 October 2011

Still Knee-Deep

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Sunday 30 October: The floodwater level increased only a little during the night, so perhaps it won’t go higher. But we are still knee deep in the shit when we descent to the first floor or outdoors. I haven’t visited the internet since Friday the 28th, so I’m behind on the news. (See the post below for my first writing since we were flooded.) We have had continuing help from Tuk’s cousin, who is staying here for a bit to help us.
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Clean tap water is still not working right to the upstairs bathrooms, and this is due to the water authority being forced to cut their pressure and volume. But the tap in the flooded 1st floor still works, and we have been carrying bucket upstairs to bathe with.
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Finally, at dusk today, we rigged a hose from the functioning downstairs tap and going up to the 2nd floor. It still doesn’t quite reach the shower/toilet area, but it is close enough to haul there in buckets filled by the hose. Thus, more easily taken showers.
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The crescent moon is slipping down to the horizon, and my back is killing me, so I’ll stop writing for the night.
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Monday 31 October, Halloween: It is 14:00 hours and I’m too tired to move. Today I hauled all my books up to the 3rd floor. I’ve only been in Thailand for five and a half years, but I’ve accumulated quite a little library.
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We finally got our WiFi hooked up to get online. Before the flood hit us, I was reading news a lot. Now, I think I’ve completed withdrawal, and all news seems like old news. There is still too much to do here in the aftermath of the flood, and the water level is unchanged – still knee deep.
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At 17:00 the water pressure and volume will be high, so we will do the ritual of wading downstairs to turn on the water for the hose; then we fill the big shower barrel. Now I will do something I never used to do: take an afternoon nap.
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-Zenwind.
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