Thursday, November 01, 2012
I have been without power for 75 hours now (since Monday around 5:30), with NO clue as to when it will be restored. I guess things could be worse. Some gutters fell off the house but no real damage otherwise.
I have been living in internet cafes, in large part because they are warm and well-lit. I am now in a public library in a nearby town (my own library does not have power). These wonderful people are staying open until 10:00 just so those of us without power can hang out. The internet connection at Panera was not good, but the one here is fantastic.
Gas lines are unreal - does anyone remember 1973? I think this is a lot worse.
One thing I have learned. If you are going to use an internet cafe in a power failure, bring a power strip with you. If you want to power up more than one item, it is sort of piggish to assume that there will be plenty of outlets for you. Also, if you have a power strip and you can let others share it, your chances of getting a seat near a plug increase dramatically.
I will be around as I can, and now that I know where I can get good internet (I found another source closer to home, but they close at 5:30), hopefully I can get on a little more often. I know that others have it worse, and my thoughts go out to all of them.
It really does teach you not to take anything for granted.