No Fancy Name
Tuesday, September 07, 2004
some thoughts, on a Tuesday
It really feels like a Monday. I have a sneaking suspicion that this week is going to suck at work. I don't know why, because it's not the end of a quarter, but I just have this feeling.

Yesterday, the power went out at 5:05pm. This happens occasionally, it being California in the summertime. But this wasn't a rolling blackout or some other "oh, we don't have enough money to pay the power bill" type of thing, for it was only my building and the two next to me, not the ones behind us or any other part of the street. No one seemed to know why, no one had run into a pole or a transformer, or any of the other usual causes.

The handy "outage" phone number for the electric company kept saying they had no status, that usually power is restored between 1-4 hours (that's true). So I hunkered down with Bleak House, the remnants of daylight, and my trusty flashlight. I read several chapters and daylight went away, and my trusty flashlight just wasn't emitting enough light for me to read the tiny Penguin Classic print. So I called the outage status line once more, then went to sleep. At 8:30. Actually, I probably would have been asleep at that time anyway, just while watching TV, if I had power...I still hurt like crazy from my workout the other day.

I tossed and turned, turned and tossed, called the outage status line again around 11pm and found that my power would be back on between 7-9am. Great—there's nothing I like more than brushing my teeth and getting ready for school in the pitch black (although having worked for a summer at a camp for the blind, I know some tricks!). But at 2:43am, the power came back on. Microwaves beeped, printers readied themselves, the fishtank gurgled and the cats freaked out. I'm so looking forward to cleaning out my fridge/freezer and seeing what's no longer salvageable after nine hours without power.

Oh, and Mel has a robot in her house, and I completely biffed a deadline by writing down "finish chapters" on Sept 8 instead of Sept 1 in my calendar. Brilliant. It's going to be an interesting week.


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