Friday, July 20, 2007

And the Grid Goes Down

It’s funny how we take things for granted until they aren’t there anymore. Electricity for instance, its usually there when we need it. Last night a storm rolled through and knocked down some power poles in the area. At first the TV went off and then on. And then off and on again. I had just gotten out of the shower so my hair was wet. I thought I should blow dry my hair before the power goes off again but, too late, it went off and stayed off.

I found my flashlight. I felt really lucky that I had one handy. It worked for about 5 minutes and then went out. But I was prepared! I found my extra batteries in the dark and changed out the old ones. No luck. Turns out the light bulb had burned out. I didn’t have any extra flashlight light bulbs. I guess I wasn’t as prepared as I thought. I did have one of those domed lights that you push on and off. That worked ok. At least I had a little bit of light.

I opened the sliding door and watched the rain. It was cooler outside. I thought about what I could do without a TV or computer or microwave. I ended up sketching some plans for a little house that I could build for myself. The lights went on an hour and a half later. I blow dried my hair, watched some TV and went to bed thinking about the things I take for granted.

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