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Well, that happened. by Velantian

We had a house fire early Monday morning. Still assessing the damage but my home is uninhabitable. We were able to rescue the cats, some of our clothes and thats about it.

We have secured an apartment and will be moving in sometime Monday. No internet until next Friday at the earliest so my phone will have to do. This will be the easiest move since I was in the Navy where all my belongings fit in a single duffle.

My employer has been very understanding and since I am owed over 260 hours of paid vacation I'm not hurting for time or income.

The clean up continues and once in awhile small treasures surface. On Thursday I moved some junk and found the Bronze Star that my wife's father earned in Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. Both the medal and the original citation survived intact.

I also found one box of my 5x7 large format negatives intact. I had thought I had lost all of my prints and negatives along with my printing supplies and equipment. All my stockpile of film is gone and my digital gear is water damaged.

Very tired, and much more needs to be done, but we are making progress.

Well, that happened.


7 October 2017 at 18:17:37 MDT

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    Ooh, that sucks... :( I'm glad to hear that you and your cats are ok, and all that paid leave is certainly a help. I wish you all the best in getting through this!

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    Glad your loss has so far only been material.

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    Hope things work out for the better. Sounds like it could have been much worse!

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    dear lord that is an awful way to liquidate your assets... thank goodness your bodies are alright.

    those hours of paid vacation are a blessing, take your time and be well. while your bodies made it out, i'm sure your minds are having a hell of a time still.

    i don't know if you've considered opening up a donation pool somewhere online that could help with re-stocking your studio equipment and printing materials. disasters like this suck.

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      We're still combing through the wreckage and have made some surprising finds. My wife's lace Victorian Christmas tree angel made it through unscathed from one of the worst hit areas.

      No need to fund raise, we are well insured. In about six months I may be putting out word to be on the lookout for some rather esoteric photo equipment (5x7 film holders, spring back contact frames larger than 8x10, puddle pushers and the like)

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        thats good to hear you are financed. i'll keep an ear out for those requests and refer my photo buddies to you!