Life without electric power.....
Sunday, July 01, 2012
The big storm blew through Friday night, leaving devastation in its wake. We (and over a million homes just in the DC area) lost power. Of course, it's nearly 100 degrees.
Fortunately, or so I smugly thought, we had had a standby generator installed almost 5 years ago. Haven't needed it much in that time, but I was happy to have internet, phone, TV, COFFEE!, and a/c. Until the generator stopped working yesterday. I called for the tech, who never showed. They are just too busy. But the tech on the phone helped me get it running just until someone can come out (at overtime rates and I don't care) and check it out. Our house for some reason, when we lose power in a storm, are without it for days on end. The other end of the street glows, across the street, full power. But our little cul-de-sac....nothing.
But I need to be grateful, too. The winds here in our town were clocked at 79mph Friday night and lots of trees came down. One of the houses behind me had one come through the roof. A bunch of people can't get their cars out to get to someplace cool because trees block the driveway and street. Whole shopping centers are dark and blocked in with downed trees. Two people were killed in their cars, and another two were killed when a tree came through the bedroom.
In a week this will all be just a bunch of stories, like Hurricane Isabelle in 2003. Or Agnes in 1972. It's tough to live through, particularly in our powered device lives, but, like everything, it will pass and life will resume. I need to remember that being hot and disconnected is just discomfort, and remember that the families of those who were killed will have to negotiate a terrible new normal.