Site ColumnsBy Michelle
September 24, 2003 - 8:05 PM
So after nearly a week of hype, over the course of which we were convinced that the newscasters and meteorologists were just offering the dire warnings to hear their own voices, Hurricane Isabel hit. And we, and everyone in our neighborhood, and most of our town, and much of our county, were left without power for more than three days.
It's amazing the things we take for granted when the power is on, like a refrigerator full of food — we had to throw out more than $150 worth — and the ability to keep entertained. Not only did we lose the use of television, computers, Gamecube, etcetera, but we didn't have enough light in the evening by which to read or play Monopoly. We couldn't recharge the rechargable batteries for our flashlights or hand-held electronic games. There were no nightlights for the kids' rooms, and with all streetlamps and neighbors' lights out, it was very, very dark.
The good news is that compared to others, we got off relatively easy; no tree crashed through our skylight, no leaves clogged our gutters, and though we had to bail out the sump pump manually, our basement didn't flood. But we lost three days of work, our kids lost three days of school, and we couldn't bring in pizza for our older son's birthday party because the pizza place had lost its power and all the cheese had gone bad.
Next time a hurricane is coming, I'm going camping. My in-laws, who are living in a trailer in a wooded campground, had electricity and hot water all weekend. I went rustic just so I could take a shower!
Trek BBS Today
Below are some of the topics currently being discussed at the Trek BBS:
-How do you like the new opening credits for Star Trek: Enterprise?
-Who reminds you more of George W. Bush, Archer or Tucker?
More topics can be found at the Trek BBS!
Trek Two Years Ago
These were some of the major news items from late September 2001:
- Paramount Greenlights Trek X
Paramount gave Star Trek: Nemesis the go-ahead to proceed into production, annuncing a planned start date for filming of November 28, 2001. The studio was then said to be aiming for a fall or holiday 2003 release date.
- TNN Celebrates 'The Next Generation'
TNN announced plans to run a week-long Star Trek: The Next Generation marathon, kicked off by a special documentary exploring the franchise entitled America Loves...Star Trek and featuring interviews with William Shatner, Rick Berman, Kate Mulgrew, Michael Dorn and others.
- 'Broken Bow' Reviewed By Press & Fans
More than a dozen reviews of the Enterprise pilot expressed some reservations about aspects of the new series, but agreed that the new series seemed to be trying to be a bit different from traditional Star Trek. An enthusiastic Chicago Sun-Times review said that "this Enterprise's voyages look to be satisfying, accompanied by a wide-eyed sense of adventure and a welcome sense of humour as these new space travellers are introduced to what we all know are phasers, transporters and the like", while TV Guide griped, "The two-hour premiere of Enterprise is rarely as stimulating as you'd like it to be."
More news can be found in the archives.
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Today's Television Listings
Tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, UPN will show Enterprise's third episode of the third season, "Extinction". Here's the official synopsis of the episode:
On a mission to investigate an abandoned Xindi vessel on a jungle planet, Archer, Reed and Hoshi succumb to a virus that mutates them into a primal life form.