Wednesday, June 20, 2012


We had a little taste (test) of the "good old days" last night.  When I turned on the t.v. to watch the evening news, the picture was wobbling in and out.  Same on the other t.v.  Then I noticed the lights were flickering.  As I noted yesterday, it was hot and this was about the time the working stiffs were coming home from work and cranking their a.c. down.  I suspected a brown out.  About 15 minutes later it became a black out as everything electric in the house ceased to function.  Our neighbor had told us there were police cars and a fire truck a few blocks away and she wondered it that had anything to do with it.  So I hopped in the car and drove to where the police had a street blocked off.  A big fire truck was standing by and a power company truck also was there.  Obviously something had gone wrong in an open field and one of the cops confirmed that whatever was going on there had caused the power outage. 

So when I got home, good ol' SWMBO had pulled a water purifier out of the fridge, loaded a bunch of ice cubes into an ice bucket and was mixing drinks with a warning not to open the refrigerator or the freezer until this all got sorted out.

We had our supper from a fast food joint out of the outage zone and sat out on the back patio remembering the days when we lived in Mexico and the power would sometimes go out for hours and hours.

But last night about 9:30, after a 3 hour outage, the electricity came back on solidly and all was well.  It took a little time for my computer modem to catch up but eventually everything was restored to normal again.  As I indicated yesterday, that air conditioning sure felt good when it started up again.


Stephen Hayes said...

Wasn't there a song with lyrics: you don't know what you've got til it's gone.... I bet you really enjoyed that air conditioning when it came back on.

Tom Cochrun said...

an interruption in our convenience of modern life can make you really grateful for those things we often take for and there where you are, AC.

Kitty said...

When I was a kid in the 1970s, there were lots of strikes by the power companies, and my family would often spend the evening playing card games by candle light. My kids haven't a clue what that was like. We don't realise how much we take electricity for granted, do we?

Steve said...

Three hours. Seems like a short time to go without. Glad you and the Frau found a way to make the best of the situation.

Lowandslow said...

My recollection of "the good 'ol days" was growing up in Texas where back then (50's) A/C was not universal. You woke up hot and sticky, you went to school and were hot and sticky, you came home and showered and were still hot and sticky, and you went to bed hot and sticky. Needless to say I don't miss "the good old days", at least that part.


The Bug said...

I'm so spoiled by A/C that I would probably have been a puddle on the floor with a three hour outage! Other times of the year I don't mind it so much - I kind of like being Pioneer Bug (i.e. reading my Kindle with a book light instead of the room light - ha!).