Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Surpise! Your roof is gone!
After a wonderful and touching trip up north to see my nephew and his family, Sandi and I arrived on a delayed flight in Houston. We were exhausted from the trip. Delays of all kinds tortured us on our return home. It was like God was reminding us that no matter our humanitarian and Christian intent, we still had business to attend to at home. We loved on our little dogs Mixie and Max as hard as we could and collapsed in bed thinking that we both had to go to work the next morning and somehow be coherent. It was about 1:00am I think. During the night Mixie hopped up on the bed to snuggle between me and Sandi. She was trembling and looking up to the ceiling. I could see her worried little face and her laid back ears as she listened to the storm that was blowing through. I calmed her as best I could and threw a sheet over her.
Sure enough, the next morning we awoke late feeling sore and out of sorts. Still we got ready. I kissed my bride goodbye wishing her a good day. She gave me a wry smile as I headed out.
My guys were waiting for me at the overhead door of my shop. Vince wanted to know how my weekend was and did I have a great time. I was immediately wary. Stoney pipes up "Cause if you did, Vince is about to ruin it". Vince waved for me to follow and we walked out back. The shop dogs were delighted to see me and were jumping everywhere leaving muddy paw prints all over me on the way to the back storage building. Walking in I see that Vince has already started rearranging and moving pallets and boxes to get the dry. Our skylights had blown out of the roof and let a considerable amount of rain in. Lots of wet boxes and merchandise surrounded us. Vince was in his element taking care of moving and organizing. He is a natural born organizer. I highly recommend a guy like him if you don't have one.
As far as calamities are concerned I suppose this was a minor one. I can get the roof repaired for about a $1500. However the issue was a lack of security on my part. I had the building built but couldn't decide on the type of door so I just ignored it and basically allowed this to happen. The door is fairly large at about 10' square so a lot of storm wind could enter to do damage. The merchandise that got wet is hardy and will dry without loss. The boxes are another story. I will probably have to buy several hundred dollars of cardboard boxes to replace them.
Another lesson. Personal and business security needs to be addressed every day. I'm lucky I didn't suffer the loss of the entire roof instead of just a few skylights.
I look at the sky.
"Ok, I get it. It's a warning. Thanx!"