Wednesday, August 19, 2009

just what we needed

When it's over 90ºF out and you're coming home for a quick game of catch-up-on-a-million-things before bedtime, and all of those things require (1) light, (2) refrigeration, (3) Internet access, (4) printer, and/or (5) fan/air conditioning, and you turn onto your street to find it blocked by fire trucks and police cars with lots of flashing lights, it could be a sign that you should just sit quietly in a chair and laugh a little.

It was nearly dark and I dared not get too close to all those drooping electrical lines, but can you see the neighbor's tree that fell across our street and caused every utility pole up and down the road to go "sproing" and now be off kilter from their usual vertical position? Not so good for the a/c and internet access, if you know what I mean.

Yeah, so that's how our evening went. Nothing left to do but throw our hands up in the air, dig out some flashlights and amazingly bright LEDs (yay for Jesse's electronics stash!) and eventually try to go to bed. No fan, no A/C, way too hot. Later, our alarm set off because the back-up battery had run down. Then, some time later, we were awoken by the lovely sound of chain saws in the night. Yes, we were somewhat happy to hear this because it meant restoration of power was in progress, but still, ugh. Then, later, by the alarm system beeping again to let us know it was back on, but needed to be reset. And multiple more times by the flashing lights and our dog's response to those worker dudes and police/fire guys prowling our street.

Um, not exactly the most restful night we've ever had, but the power's back up today, so onward and upward. I'm not sure if it'll be disrupted again when they re-set the utility poles, so it could be an interesting day to match the night. Oh well. I don't have any Calgon, so maybe we'll go soak in our favorite cool swimming hole later today.
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Anonymous random-charm Cindy said...

UGH. And yesterday was unreasonably warm. Hope you can relax today.

8:31 AM  
Blogger Rani said...

It's amazing how dependant we are on that energy! Whenever ours go out (and we live in a forest, so this is quite often) I am at a total standstill.

Then it takes some time to get the lamps/flashlights out and you made due.

Sorry about the heat. I wish we had some here. It's been so chilly this summer...

10:11 AM  
Anonymous CTJen said...

wow, that is intense. Here's hoping today is better!

2:51 PM  
Blogger Turtle said...

yikes! it does make you appreciate the power of electricity though huh!! smile

11:49 PM  
Blogger christinemm said...

Oh man!

I bet that was the night I was camping out with the Cub Scouts, not a good camping night.

8:07 PM  

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