Texas just got battered by Ike, one of the largest storms in area covered in recent memory. Ike was nearly the size of Texas itself. Flooding and loss of power were wide-spread, leaving up to two million people without for days. Not to minimize the negative aspects of such a story but, for those of you who live along side the ocean, you know that after the storm it is a good idea to comb the beach for ‘treasures’ that might have washed ashore. Many a bottle and other goodies have been found in such circumstances.

Many of us collect old bottle because it reminds us of the “good old days” when men were men, the air was pure, and life was simpler, not the stress filled, clogged highways, nine-to-five grind that most Americans find themselves facing daily. Old bottles hearken back to quaint times.

Well, Ike had some further mischief for those of us living in Ohio. It teamed up with an existing cold front and roared, like a freight train, directly from Texas into Ohio and surrounding areas. Ike was what the meteorologists termed a once-in-a-lifetime storm. It was unusual without a doubt. The sun was shining most of the time that I watched the 70+ mile per hour winds tear the shingles from my house and the sun was still shining when the electric went out.

Being without electricity is something familiar to all of us. However, Ike caused so much damage across my part of the state, that of the 800,000 people who get their electricity from the local company, 600,000 were powerless. Let me tell you about the “good old days”, four days of no refrigeration, light, cooking, cooling, cable, internet or digital phone gave me an appreciation of what life must have been like for those people who owned the old bottles I collect. Frankly, I am quite happy with modern times.