TO ALL WHO HAVE ASKED . . . WE FARED EXTREMELY WELL IN IRMA. NO STRUCTURAL DAMAGE. NO LOSS OF TREES. OUR POWER IS ON. THINGS ARE MORE OR LESS NORMAL UNTIL WE WALK OUT OUR FRONT DOOR AND LOOK AROUND.

Thanks greatly for your emails and texts!

You did a fine, fine job of wrapping us in your thoughts and prayers. The headquarters of Brain Technologies Corporation and the personal living quarters of its owners came through Irma unscathed. Our neighborhood, our city and our state did not. Gainesville is cleaning up today from numerous trees blocking its streets (some fell on houses but no one killed or injured that we know about), repairing its power delivery system, raking up debris from battered trees and bushes. And, hoping that the waters in our flooded creeks, ponds and streets recede rapidly. Our sandy soils are saturated, so it will be a slow process.

Our Publix supermarkets are either closed or out of most things we’d like to purchase–such as bread, garbage bags, many perishable foods, etc.

But our winds here were in the 50-60 mph range and not 100-plus mph as was first forecast. The rain was not quite as heavy as was feared (though heavy enough). So we saw the bullet, but it missed us. That makes us card-carrying members of the “We Dodged a Bullet Club,” doesn’t it?

Our hearts go out to the 15 million Floridians who didn’t, including more than a few who live within walking distance of where this is being written.

And, as said above, our thanks go to all who have inquired about our well-being. So good to know you!

Dudley and Sherry

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