Monday, December 3, 2007

outage

A tree came down because of last night's wind, falling across our street, knocking out power lines.

A fire truck came to do...something. They parked right in front of our house, turned on every single red light they had and then raised the enormous, bright as day, spotlight. Our whole house was lit up - the bedroom glowing red, blinking on/off, on/off, on/off. I turned away from the window, pulled the covers up to my ears and just as I was beginning to doze off, someone hit the siren. Twice.

I woke to a cold house, no coffee and the fastest shower in human history. Gooseflesh and chattering teeth might be better than caffeine.

I'm now at the library, even though I don't have to work until this afternoon. At least it's warm here.

No electricity, no sleep - no power.

6 comments:

comatus said...

Boy do I ever envy the first shaky fantasy fan who asks you for the back issues of Kama Sutra Quarterly this morning...

You should be about to hear from lots of survivalists and disaster experts, so I'll get in first: your water shouldn't have cooled off that fast. You don't have an instantaneous heater, do you? A tank should still be very warm many hours after power goes off.

Tam said...

On the other hand, you're at the library, so there's all those wunnerful books to keep you entertained for the morning... :)

Breda said...

comatus - the water was warm...the moments immediately before and then after were the chilly parts.

tam - I wimped out and napped in the break room.

BobG said...

"I woke to a cold house, no coffee and the fastest shower in human history. Gooseflesh and chattering teeth might be better than caffeine."

Sounds like going camping...

comatus said...

Stop me if you've heard this one. Guy shows up at his Amish neighbor's door and says, "I'm really in trouble. The electricity and cable are both out, and my car won't start." Amishman says, "I'd love to help you, friend, if you can just tell me what the problem is."

My old buddy in Hicksville (yes, there is such a place!) told me that out there, the Amish tell Mennonite jokes.

Jay G said...

Breda,

You've shut off your water main and drained the pipes so they don't freeze, right?

Just lookin' out for ya...