Saturday, April 2, 2016

Power outage

Today did not start well. At 2:45 a.m. all the electronics gave a sharp sleep-shattering *BEEP* and went dead. I checked outside. Looked like the whole street was dark. I called AEP on my emergency TracFone and reported the outage. They estimated 3 hours for repair.

I went back to bed. 

No power at 6:00 a.m. and the house was cooling down.  Thankfully it's not deep winter weather although it was only 35F outside.

I wasn't alarmed.  But I was a bit chilled and sleep deprived.  I need something hot.  Sure, I could run out for a hot cuppa Joe, but the garage door opener wasn't working and the door is too heavy for me to lift.  And it was too early to bang on neighbor's doors looking for help.  I dithered.

After a half-hour I was getting, what?  Frustrated?  Cranky?  Angry that I needed to depend on someone elseHouse down to 61F.  Brr.

Yep.  Let's put that negative energy to work.

My bad shoulder and back are not happy.  But at least I managed to get the door propped up enough to get the car out.

Now the world was my oyster.  Or, at least, a caffeine fix.

I was off to McDonalds for a hot coffee.  Originally I was just going to grab a cup to go, but it was light and warm in the restaurant and dark and cold at home, so I enjoyed the coffee there.  The coffee perked me up.  And since it was just before 7:00 a.m. the only customers where several bunches of retirees having good talks.  Real people.  Real conversations.  No cell phones. No computers.  Just real people (all were men) talking to real people.  Geez how I miss that in restaurants anymore. 

I soaked that up for a while, then topped off my coffee and headed home.  I took a different route so I could go looking for the source of the electrical problem.  

Found it.  Good grief!  How fast was that guy going that hit that brand new power pole to sheer it off like that?  *sheesh* (Bits of vehicle in lower right.) The pole is less than 900 feet from my bedroom window, but I never heard even one siren last night.  (Pine trees prevented any flashing lights.) Hope the occupants made it.

Anyway, the power came back on around 10:15 a.m. and the house is now warm, the 'fridge and freezer are humming away and the house phones are working again.



  1. I laughed reading this--we are two peas in a pod. Don't care if it's dark or cold---I DO, however, want my coffee.
    And that better be the ONLY time you use McDonalds.....emergency!
    Glad all is ok now.
    And funny, ain't it--that it's always NEW stuff the idiots run in to!

    1. Mom and I enjoy McD's coffee (and the occasional order of fries). Otherwise - no sale here. I'm going to have to have the springs and cables replaced on the garage door this summer. I should be able to open/close that door without injury when the power is off.

  2. That is one of the reasons I buy gas ranges. It seems before the generator we had lots of power outages and it always took several hours for repair. Funny how most of the coffees we buy out now are excellent. I think McDonald's was the first and they had a little announcement about the coffee at the stores. My daughter thinks they have the best fries.

    1. I would love to have a gas range for just that reason, Glenda - power outages. Plus gas heat is steady compared to the on/off electric heat. But I'll wait until this Amana dies. A gas range would entail a gas line extension and a range vent.

      Yep, McD's coffee is delish and their fries are the best. Only 2 things we get there.


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