However.I was typing on the computer when the storm began. I am smart enough to know that a storm like that can damage my computer, so I immediately* (*when I was finished buying that cute embroidered pillow on etsy) logged off and shut the computer down, and then unplugged it from the wall.
I went downstairs and found The Husband and we watched the storm together. And that is when it happened: the power went out.And then it went back on.
Then on again.
Then out. Most definitely out.My very first thought was: I am so smart to have unplugged my computer! The Gods of Storm could’ve ruined my computer, but I cut them off! Yay, me!
My very second thought was: Power = air conditioning. No power = hot.Now, I will flash ahead to the end of the story like they do in movies sometimes, you know, when the main character is retelling the events to someone: we got our power back about 24 hours later. But a lot that can happen in 24 hours with no air conditioning.
Crucial Steps in Power Outage Denial and Recovery
- Tell yourself: the power will come back on, probably in about two hours. Come on, let’s open a window and go to bed.
- Wake up to very hot house. Yell at your husband for even thinking about opening the fridge to get milk out because all the food will instantaneously go bad when the warm air rushes in. Eat raisin bread and a banana for breakfast, stare longingly at the coffee pot and wonder aloud how the pilgrims did it.
- Read a book and tell the kids to go read a book. Be ignored by the kids who run around the house playing some loud game they made up and interrupting your quiet book time.
- Check the temperature: 88 degrees. It is 9:30 in the morning.
- Pick up your cell phone to call the pool to see if they are open. You do not have the number memorized or programmed into your phone, so go upstairs to the computer to look it up.
- Sit down at desk at (unplugged) computer and flip switch. Because you are that dumb.
- Laugh at yourself and call information. When the phone lines are down and your call does not go through, convince your husband, your kids, and yourself that the pool is most likely closed. After all, they have to pump all that chlorine through the system, and they have to have their computer on so they can check your membership number.
- Check the temperature: 93 degrees.
- Look at your watch and realize it is now 2 PM. This means the refrigerator has been off for more than 15 hours. Get the melted ice-cream out, call in the kids into the kitchen and start eating.
- Apologize to The Husband for insisting he not open the fridge earlier. Put ice in your drink.
- Go outside and watch the kids run through the sprinkler. Take photos.
- Listen to the radio and convince yourself that when the announcer says that “one million people are without power,” he is just rounding up.
- Alternate between going to the basement to sit on the cold floor and going to the sink to splash cold water on your face.
- Take the kids and go to bed (in the basement), realizing that you might have to repeat all of the above steps for the next five days if the power does not come back on.
- When the lights flicker on in the middle of the night, say a prayer of thanks.
|photo by MOV|