|Pollyanna to Elphaba|
My tech devices were charged (at the time), so I was confident that I could make make a phone call, text, listen to music or books and generally stay in touch with the outside world. I wasn't thinking about the limited battery time for tech devices. In a pinch, we could charge our various devices in the car. As it turned out however, Earl and I had way too many devices for the available charging ports and our marital harmony.
Earl and I had an anniversary dinner to go to that evening and there was enough hot water for a quick shower to facilitate getting ready. When we got to the restaurant, I realized that while the power outage was widespread, it was not citywide. There were people there who had never lost power, those who lost it only briefly, and those who had electricity restored after 4 to 6 hours. All around us, the power came back on. But not our street. Illogically, I was beginning to resent anyone who could turn on lights by flipping a switch. The food was great, but my 'Elphaba' nature was in full force.
|A fire, a beer, and a movie|
|We're so wired...|
People with disabilities may be even more power dependent. My wheelchair is manual, Skeeter was charged, but the weather sucked. It was a bit of 'chicken little', but I was worried about being crushed by a falling tree. We have a recumbent bicycle upstairs, a resistance machine, and weights, none of which require electricity. It was time to get moving and abandon the excuses. When it looked as though the street would remain dry, I headed up the street on the trike.**
After a couple of days, I was done with the adventure. The three of us headed over to Heidi's house to charge our devices. One, we knew we could count on the family not to give us grief about the inordinate number of devices used by three people. Second, she had a shower. The guys had taken cold showers that morning, but I availed myself of her hot water. When we got home that afternoon, the power was on and we were happy campers. I don't like to complain, but really, 60 freaking hours without power? It was humbling to recognize how energy dependent we are. Ugh!
The lesson: How many devices are in your wallet? What's the entertainment plan when there's no power?
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