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Tallahassee Area Mensa a local chapter of the High IQ Society, American Mensa. The Tallahassee area serves Florida from the Apalachicola River east through Taylor County including part of Madison County and even a bit of Dixie County. Our area is also the only area in all of Florida, Region 10 of American Mensa, to include a portion of Georgia. For a full view of the area we cover, visit our map.

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Robin's Roost - rest your feathers!

My life continues to be an adventure. A few weeks back we had a big storm move through after dark. It had been quite windy all day, but the storm itself came after dark. I had gone to bed and was awoken by an explosion sound, then another and another, and I saw a large fire out the bedroom window. A huge fire in the backyard is really not something you want to see at night. It was very dark, and the rain was heavy, so it was hard to determine what was burning. In brief lighting flashes of illumination, I determined the fire was well above ground and the it was BIG. I called 911 and learned someone had already reported it, likely my back neighbor. It turned out the storm had shaken a LARGE limb out of the water oak that is alongside the power lines. When the limb fell across all the lines, the explosion sounds, and the fire, ensued. My power blinked a couple times but held. The firemen came out but could not do anything as they were not equipped for fires on power lines. They reported it to Talquin who finally arrived after the fire had mostly burned itself out, happily the rain helped with that. I don't know what they used, but they grabbed the lines and shook them up and down. Everything was illuminated by flood lights, so I could clearly see the line bouncing up and down until the smoldering limb fell to the ground. Once they determined the lines were clear, they left. I had a huge mess of charred wood to clean up in the backyard, and the lines themselves were black, but intact, must be some astonishing insulation they have.

The drama with the leak in my roof continues. It turns out when they installed the roof, they put the shingles OVER the flashing around the skylights instead of UNDER the flashing. As a result, every time it rained the water went under the shingles, down the decking, and into the wall. I reported it to them on a Sunday (leaving a message), they called back on Monday, and they sent a guy out on Tuesday. He went up on the roof and determined this was their mistake and they would fix everything inside and out. To their credit, they fixed the roof the very next day, which was good because we had more rain coming later in the week. Unfortunately, as of this writing, more than 3 weeks later, the inside damage remains untouched. It was scheduled to be repaired, then the roofing company stopped it. It was rescheduled for another day, and they stopped it again. Now they have gotten less than helpful, and it is evident they are not going to repair the damage. Their most recent offer is to give me money, have me sign a release, and we call it quits. But without knowing what the repairs will cost or what damage may be found inside the walls, I am unwilling to do that. So, I have contacted a contractor to come out and give me a cost estimate. I am also filing complaints all over the place and have filed a claim with my insurance company. I'll let them go after the roofing company for reimbursement of what they pay for the repairs and then I won't have to continue this drama. I'm ready for some boring days.

Lots of fun events coming up! The calendar included at the end of this issue shows the events through April. Some new, some repeats, all sound like fun! I hope you can join us!

Hope to see you at an event soon.

Robin

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