15 Aug

Um, sorry, no Major today, and i’m not even talking about a power exchange.  i’m talking about my lack of electricity.  

Saturday night, about 7 o’clock, a storm blew up from nowhere, here in Where-i-Live.  i didn’t hear sirens or anything, but suddenly there was a scary sky, and winds that swirled and whipped the huge tree in my back yard, sending limbs flying.  Then the torrential downpour, buckets of water…  i stood watching, mesmerized.  

More wind…

The electricity flickered.

More wind ~ i could see a tree crack, the top half crashing down in a neighbor’s yard…

i wondered if i should go to  the basement, but it was too fascinating to leave.

More rain…

And the power went out.

More wind, more  rain ~~ 

~~ and then it stopped.  Completely.  The skies cleared.  The sun came back out.   People packed up the kids in strollers, on tricycles, on little bikes with training wheels, and walked the neighborhood, smiling and nodding at each other.  

Chain saws whirred, piles of tree limbs appeared in front of houses as if by magic.  And the electricity did not come back on.

There was not a lot of damage in my neighborhood, but the next morning i drove past a gas station where a billboard had crashed down into the roof over the pumps.  A billboard, y’all.  Those steel posts that held it up were twisted and bent over like it was nothing.

i’m feeling very lucky.

And i’m sitting at a coffee shop with wet hair, hoping we have electricity at work so i can “do” my hair.  And whining just a little bit.

It’s funny, i caught myself driving down the road last night on the way home, looking at houses, thinking, They have electricity, they have electricity, they have electricity ~ and as i turned the corner to home ~~

No.  i don’t have electricity.  Damn.

Laughing… whiny ass, huh?

Makes me appreciate a little bit what it might be like to live in a country where some people have electricity and some don’t.  Or the difficulty of coping if your electric’s been cut off…


Ok, tomorrow, i’ll get back to dinner with The Major.  Electricity or not, i promise.  

In the meantime, don’t be too sympathetic.  In the greater scheme of things, this is such a tiny blip…  but i sure appreciate the opportunity to fuss a little.

15 Responses to “Power”

  1. thesubmissivebf August 15, 2011 at 7:26 am #

    You must be on the unimportant power grid like I am. When the hurricanes come and the power goes out my friends neighborhood next store is on a fire rescue grid so she gets electricity a week before I do.
    Glad to hear the tree went away from your house that could have been bad.
    Good luck 🙂

    • aisha August 15, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

      @Sbf – I think I am on the unimportant power grid! But usually we’re lucky here and don’t even lose power. Thanks for the good luck wishes – it must have worked, cause the electricity came back on today!!



  2. vanillamom August 15, 2011 at 8:00 am #

    a few years ago there was a *major* ice event here. It affected a swath from central mass, through central new hampshire and into south central maine…

    tho central Mass was hit the worst, especially cities around Worcester.

    We lost power here for 15-20 hours, (were one of the first to go on, actually)…but people only a few streets away were without power for a week, and a bit further away? some were not hooked up for 15-18 days.

    in the heart of the winter.

    i actually love when the power goes out (weird, i know)…after the first few minutes of “oh, crap”….the silence? is *awesome* We read, we play games, we veg…something that rarely happens in the normal scheme of things…

    i hope your electric comes on soon…and that you find a wee slice of silver lining to being “off grid” for a bit…*smiles*


    • aisha August 15, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

      Dear ‘Nilla,

      you are so right about silver linings, and really, i didn’t mind all day yesterday. Got a little tired of it this morning, but still. Can’t truly complain.

      It was nice to see families out walking.

      I can’t get excited about the peace and quiet, cause I don’t watch TV and i live alone, so it’s always peaceful and quiet. But it was calm, I guess.

      And now that it’s back ~ WOOHOOOO! I appreciate it with a whole new passion! That’s a silver lining for sure!



  3. Bill August 15, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    When our power goes we can expect to be the last ones to get it back, worse half our little subdivision is on a different circuit so we can see people with power. Stay well and make it an adventure!

    • aisha August 15, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

      Thanks, Bill, nice to know you know the feeling! It was an adventure – another day or two and I would have gotten used to it!


  4. yesthankyousir August 15, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    Sorry about the lack of eclectro! Whenever there is the slightest of disturbance we lose ours. The last hurricane it was out for two weeks. TWO weeks!!!!!! .squirms. Gross. I hope it comes on soon, like now 😉

    • aisha August 15, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

      Thanks, Andi – I can’t imagine going 2 weeks! Yikes! Clearly, I have nothing to complain about!


  5. Giggling Bunny August 15, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    Ah the things we take for granted =)

    I love stormy nights though….they make me want to cuddle up with someone though….

    • aisha August 15, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

      @Giggling Bunny,

      Yes, I like stormy nights too, and even watching storms! Very exciting. Makes me want to cuddle too…


  6. sky August 15, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

    I hope your power comes back on, soon! Enjoy the quietness and the candlelight 🙂

    • aisha August 15, 2011 at 9:49 pm #

      @Sky – Thank you! Now that it’s over, I can honestly say it wasn’t bad!


  7. Mick August 15, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

    Hope the power is back by now, AIsha. I figured there was a reason I did not see your blog this morning up here. Mick

    • aisha August 15, 2011 at 9:50 pm #

      @Mick –

      Yep, it definitely threw my schedule off! Sure does make me appreciate it now!


  8. sin August 16, 2011 at 7:20 am #

    For us it’s snow. I swear my street is the last street in the known universe (or at least my town) to get plowed. So we can’t get out. Funny how things like that change everything. I’m glad things are back to normal.

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