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Without power

Yesterday a eucalyptus tree fell over and ran into power lines in front of my mobile home park. There was a loud crash, a small fire, and the power went out for the entire park. The fire dept and PG&E were there in minutes, and the fire was soon put out, but it took several hours for PG&E to cut down the tree and repair the damage. Our power was out until about 1:00 a.m. last night.

I realized how useless I am without electricity! I could cook - gas stove - and I could read as long as I had light. I used a couple of candles and read a little but it was too difficult. I did go out in the afternoon, went to do some errands. Paul went out at night, perhaps to get online (the router and modem need electricity). My laptop lasted a bit on battery power, then closed down without warning in the middle of sims. I ended up going to bed soon after eight.

I was wakened by the sound of the automatic cat litter box combing through the litter. Power back on! I didn't get up then. I had my kitties in bed with me, after all, and we were comfy.


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Sep. 25th, 2005 02:19 pm (UTC)
During hurricanes, like Hurricane Katrina, we were out of power for 4 whole days in Mobile, Alabama. Everything was a task, and we had to throw out all the food. Luckily, we started using a generator and could run the refigerator! I nearly died without my computer, and had to entertain myself by playing cards or reading an ebook on my palm pilot.

Sep. 25th, 2005 03:28 pm (UTC)
I sometimes wonder how I would do in a situation like that. I guess I would adjust to it. But it would be frustrating, for sure. I would likely hunt down paper and write. That's what I did in Tijuana when my daughters and I spent a week there in a group, working, and came back to our sanctuary (la posada) to electricity but no computer.

No generator here! I think if I lived in a place where such storms were common I would have one, though. ARound here it's earthquakes and that's a whole other thing, and I think not nearly as common or as damaging, most of the time.

THis reminded me, though, that I really need to get one of those emergency lights that plugs in and then is available when the electricity goes out. I would always know where it is. The candles helped but not much.
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