I would like to use this as an excuse for not posting yesterday’s post until today, but that’s not really fair, as we had power yesterday. But we did lose power today. Let me show you some photos of why we had no power. These are just a couple of blocks from home.
We fixed ourselves some mimosas and wandered out to see what we could see. Everyone was out on their porches or in the street, chatting and watching the power crew. Further up the block away from the downed trees and lines, people were just outside to catch the breeze, as there wasn’t any air conditioning.
That’s what I love about power outages. They bring neighbors out to chat, even if just to speculate about how long before the power will be restored. They force everyone to turn away from their tvs, electronics, computers, and talk to each other. If the power’s still out once it gets dark, it’s like a free pass. You don’t have to work on anything. You can play games or snuggle, or just go to sleep. You can fix and eat dinner by candlelight.
I don’t know how the crews did it, but our power was back on in a couple of hours or so. I wouldn’t have wanted to be without power for too long, but I would have been ok with a few more hours – I was enjoying the “forced break” from my plans.
Maybe I’ll create simulated power outages for myself on a regular basis. The fridge can keep running to keep the food fresh, and maybe the AC too, but lights, phone, computer – those would be easy to turn off. Staying outside instead of inside? Sounds great to me!
Candlelight dinner? I’m on it! I guess I can have what I love about power outages any time I want. Except for seeing all the neighbors up and down the block – they’ll probably stay inside with their appliances, as in this great Calvin and Hobbes cartoon I used to have up in my classroom: