YES! Hurricane Charley wreaked havoc on us this weekend. On Friday the 13th no less! The eye of the storm passed REALLY close to most of the staff's homes not to mention Enzian Theater. For those unfamiliar with Enzian it is surrounded by HUGE oak trees that thankfully held up in the storm. The only damage was to a sign on the front of the building. Because we are a cinema cafe and were without power for two and a half days, we have also had to trash our entire inventory. Bummer. The quote of the weekend was from John "The Enforcer" and our ED Peg, who decided upon realizing that we couldn't show any screenings of RIDING GIANTS this weekend, "Any surfer worth his weight in sex wax will be out catching waves anyway." Some other theaters have been able to open and people are flocking to the movies for the cool air and a two hour respite.
Most of our staff, along with half a million other people still do not have power. Food, gas, ice, and water are all extremely scarce. I was lucky enough to score a generator, some gas and some ice from my dad who lives about 35 miles away. I am comfortable, but believe me people, you do not want to be in Florida in August without air conditioning. We are now some stinky folk! There are trees down everywhere. I mean entire trees. War zone doesn't quite cover it. It looks like the entire Earth just sneezed without a tissue. Or a giant came through and stomped everything. That thing about it sounding like a freight train hitting the house is so true. Very scary stuff, especially in the pitch black of night.
The theater should have full power restored by tonight or tomorrow. In the mean time, I'll try to post some pictures of the damage soon. Until then, think of us while you're relaxing at home in the cool air, watching the Olympics, and having a nice dinner.