Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Crazy Worried

12:45 Update

He's home. They went to see a movie, they got home and got my message and called the hotel I'm staying at, got the front desk, were put through to my room and apparently the PHONE DIDN'T RING. So I finally called home again at 12:30 - didn't get through - but I did get through on his cell phone.

My own cell is totally powerless now, but at least I know he's okay!

I am not a worrier - really - not usually. My deepest childhood fear is falling off of a bridge in a car and getting trapped. For that reason - until just a few years ago - I never owned a car with electric windows. So my mind was filled with horrible things, and now I'm going to try to get 5 hours sleep so I can teach tomorrow.

I think so much of my pent up worry found it's way into my active brain this evening.

As to why the phone in my room didn't ring? Who knows. The woman at the desk had no idea. Probably the same reason I have to go sit in the hall to get enough of a wireless signal to check my email or blog. I'm in the hall right now.

I think I'll be staying somewhere else tomorrow...

Today was messed up; bumped from flight, gate change, killer traffic from Detroit to Sarnia, Ontario and when I arrived at 7:05 (5 minutes late) there was one person to hear me speak. So we had a nice chat, Susan, Terri (the shop owner) and me.

Where the hell is Gerry?

I'll do a post mortem later to determine how attendance could have been improved, but a hot Wednesday night in the middle of Summer is probably reason #1!

When I arrived at my hotel and turned on the TV, this is what I saw:

I can't get a hold of Gerry. My cell phone battery is dying and I don't have a charger. I was FINALLY able to get through after almost 2 hours of dialing and left messages on his cell and our home (where the hell IS he? It's 10:00 out there!)

Where the hell is Gerry?

I keep telling myself, "There's NO good reason why he'd be over by 35W..." Except his brother is in town and they might have been doing some sight seeing. Max was with them today.

I left the hotel number for Gerry - forcing myself to speak slowly and repeat the number twice. Obviously I cannot sleep until I hear from him. I'm supposed to teach at 9:00 tomorrow - I've been told the class will be a good size (yay!)

Where the hell is Gerry?


Anonymous said...


My heart goes out to you. Ever since I saw the news tonight my thoughts have been with you and another cyber friend in Minnipolis(sp)

I'm sending ...... G call A right away thoughts.

May you soon from Gerri and have a peaceful rest tonight.

Tina Rose

August 01, 2007 10:17 PM  
Katherine said...

Just checked in to make sure you were okay and read your entry. I'll be thinking of all of you tonight. I hope you'll hear from Gerry soon.

August 01, 2007 10:18 PM  
PJ in NY said...

Praying you hear from Gerry right away. He is probably stuck on the wrong side of the accident and can't get home. His cell phone is probably out of juice too. Praying too for all the worried families.

August 01, 2007 10:21 PM  
Barbara said...

Oh my gosh Annie - I am so sorry that this is worrying you.

I hope you hear from him soon. Can you call his brother?

August 01, 2007 10:36 PM  
Jackie said...

I just heard on the news that cell service has been iffy. Also praying you hear from him very soon.

August 01, 2007 10:37 PM  
Lisa from Maui said...

Whew! As if you didn't have enough on your plate... sending aloha and best wishes. I trust he's safe and sound, with a dead cell battery, or the phone circuits are overloaded with calls because of the emergency. Keeping thoughts for all of those involved. Please keep us posted.

August 01, 2007 10:37 PM  
Auntly H said...

both land lines and cells are clogged tonight. It's hard to get/receive calls. Let's go with that for now, deal?
Please let us know when you hear from Gerry. In the meantime, I'm sending all my positive thoughts to the Modesitt/Landy family.

August 01, 2007 10:43 PM  
Katy said...

Oh Annie,

I hope that you hear from Gerry soon that he was out to a good dinner or something equally pleasant on your side of the river. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, as well as everyone else up there as they work forward from this disaster.

I'm so glad to have *something* from you, as I go about checking blog-friends now that all my family is accounted for.

August 01, 2007 10:47 PM  
Cynthia said...

I just saw the collapse on the news and my first thought was about you....I am so glad you are safe but I can only imagine how helpless you feel so far away. I will definitely send positive thoughts for Gerry, his brother and Max. Holy crap Annie, you certainly don't need this stress. I do hope you hear from them soon. My thoughts go out to everyone affected by this tragedy -it is so unbelievable.

August 01, 2007 10:47 PM  
Marsha said...

Your family was the first I thought of when I saw the news. I'm sending peaceful, safe thoughts out to you.

August 01, 2007 10:50 PM  
amy [Knitty] said...

hugs and safe thoughts from up here, too!

August 01, 2007 11:20 PM  
Amie said...

This was the first place I came when I heard that news. Please update and let us know everything is OK on your end, when you get a chance.

August 01, 2007 11:21 PM  
hapagirl said...

I thought of you when I saw the news about the bridge. I hope you hear from Gerry very soon. Whenever we have earthquakes out here (CA), cell phone service gets "iffy." Your in my thoughts and prayers tonight.

August 01, 2007 11:21 PM  
janel said...

I left a comment earlier but it didn't show up, so forgive me if you get multiple comments from me.

I can't believe how stressful this must be for you. I am hoping it turns out to be that he is stuck or busy helping someone or just unable to get through on a phone. Please know there is a network of knitters and friends out here keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Try to concentrate on your class, try to breathe. I will be holding you in the light.

August 01, 2007 11:21 PM  
Amie said...

I just you have any neighbors you could call?

August 01, 2007 11:22 PM  
michwood said...

Many thoughts from CA to you and yours. Calling neighbors is a must. That's how I found my brother after his house burnt to the ground. He had gone over to a neighbor's house to watch SNL and had fallen asleep on their couch and thankfully had missed the whole ordeal. Prayers to your family, friends, and the Twin Cities.

August 01, 2007 11:44 PM  
Jess said...

I hope Gerry is okay and you hear from him soon. I am not too far from your home if you'd like someone to run over and check on him tomorrow - I'll actually be driving through there in the morning.

jess at mikk dot net

August 01, 2007 11:50 PM  
Anonymous said...

I am checking bloglines to see when you update with news that Gerry called. I am working (office at home) and did not know about the bridge until I read your blog. Wishing you peace of mind and heart.
Punkin in Oregon

August 01, 2007 11:53 PM  
Ellen said...

Oh Annie!
Thank goodness they're okay!!
I kept refreshing your page and then I had to get some sleep. I couldn't sleep until I knew everything was okay. I just logged on again and saw your update.
With everything you have on your plate, you're amazing to let us loyal readers know what happened.
Much hugs and sweet, sweet dreams.

August 01, 2007 11:56 PM  
PJ in NY said...

I am so happy for your good news.
It is awful being frightened like that. Sleep fast.

August 02, 2007 12:02 AM  
Anonymous said...

Had my Knitwits group this evening and when the ladies told me about the bridge I couldn't wait to get to your blog - will continue to pray that all of your new friends are safe. Sleep now. Whatup with the Knitters in Sarnia? Their loss. Or your gift to deal with the current crisis. Keep your face to the sun so the shadows fall behind you. Peace and Prayers-Marsha

August 02, 2007 12:09 AM  
janel said...

Whew! I'm so glad to hear it! I hope your class goes wonderfully tomorrow!

August 02, 2007 12:29 AM  
Anonymous said...

dear annie,
i"m so relieved you were able to track gerry, max and your brother-in-law;

wishing you love and relief and the calming oh nerves.

love judy

August 02, 2007 12:31 AM  
. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

I actually had the same fear of bridges and cars with electric locks and windows. I eventually overcame it when I dated a boy whose parents had a vacation home across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge (scary without phobias).

I'm sending out my best thoughts to the people affected by this horrifying event.

And good thoughts to you, as well. As if you don't have enough to think about, right now.

August 02, 2007 12:44 AM  
Jeanne said...

I'm so glad I didn't see this until after the update that he was OK. What a nightmare! I'm so relieved for you.

August 02, 2007 12:47 AM  
Anonymous said...

I thought of you today and am so glad your family is safe.

August 02, 2007 1:05 AM  
Nancy said...

I'm glad I thought to check again, just before going off line. Now I won't wonder and worry either. Take care, and have fun!

August 02, 2007 1:09 AM  
Anonymous said...

Been reading your blog for a few weeks now and was worried about you and your family when I saw the news. Glad to hear that your all o.k. Hope your class tomorrow goes weel.

August 02, 2007 1:17 AM  
Mary said...

Thank goodness everybody is safe. Thanks for the update. Sleep well.

August 02, 2007 1:20 AM  
Kathy said...

Like a lot of your readers, my first thought was of your family when I saw the news and am relieved that you are all ok. My blogger friends feel like family to me and we want to keep you close.

August 02, 2007 5:05 AM  
Ginny said...

It must be comforting, and yet odd, to have so many "strangers" thinking of you with this news. I have no family in MN now that my nephew graduated from college... my first thoughts were his girlfriend still at Macalester and then "at least Annie isn't driving back and forth over the river taking the kids to camp this week". Glad to here all are OK. Hope class is better this morning.

August 02, 2007 6:52 AM  
Mary-Lou said...

So glad to hear everyone's OK.

August 02, 2007 7:06 AM  
Penny said...


I heard about this in the morning and RAN to the office to check and make sure your family was ok. My thoughts with others.

[and I have similar bridge fears. so why have i spent all my life on two islands? (long island & manhattan?)]

August 02, 2007 7:08 AM  
Anonymous said...

Annie, I am so glad to hear all is well with you and your family. I emailed you last night (prolly not the only one), and asked you to blog about this. Sorry if I caused you any additional worry. Again, relief over here. Now I know all will be well in the end.


August 02, 2007 7:09 AM  
Martha H said...

I'm so glad to hear everybody is okay. When I saw the newspaper this morning, the first thing I thought was, "This is the last thing Annie needs" and went immediately to check your blog. Thankfully, Murphy's law wasn't in effect for your family.

August 02, 2007 7:10 AM  

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