Random Realizations: Power Outage Edition

posted by Momo Fali on July 3, 2012

After four days without electricity, we are back in business! Well, except for the massive piles of laundry waiting to be done, the dog-hair-covered rugs which are in dire need of vacuuming, the sink full of dishes, and tree branches everywhere. Oh, okay, TREES everywhere. I am still without wifi, so I’m spending a fortune buying French fries at a restaurant where I can use their free internet. My random realizations:

1. The power always goes out right after you get home from the grocery store.
2. It’s kind of cool when you think of how it will bring everyone closer together…for about five minutes.
3. You might have seven flashlights, but you can’t find one when you need it.
4. You will finally find a use for your mason jars!

5. People DO NOT know how to use a four-way stop.
6. Bathing by candlelight is romantic, unless it’s 95 degrees, in which case it’s just sweat-inducing no matter how cold the water is.
7. When 500,000 people are without electricity all hell breaks loose at the gas stations.
8. And at generator stores.
9. Ice, ironically, is a hot commodity.
10. You will leave the sprinkler running for hours so that everyone can cool off, but you will forget to water your flowers.
11. Friends are great to have when you feel like you have nothing except the permanent splotch of sweat on the back of your neck.
12. There is never enough beer.


  • Rita Arens

    I have this bag of wax beads and wicks that G got me a few years back. You pour them into any container (I use mugs) and stick the wick in and light. You can have 18 candles in five minutes. I highly recommend keeping some around. So glad you at least got your power back!

  • Tara R.

    And if there is beer, it’s no where near cold enough.

    Glad you’ve got power again. We’ll see you in four more days once you’ve tackled that mountain of laundry.

  • Melisa

    Yay! You’re back! Good job to your power company. I hope that the lights stay on forever! (well, not forever but you know what I mean.)

    Glad I could help. You’d do the same for me, right? RIGHT???? 🙂


  • meleah rebeccah

    Well, I am happy you have power back. But it sucks not having any internet. And also, I love what you did with your mason jars!

  • Michelle Longo

    4 day is a long time. We were out for 12 hours once and most of it was during the night. I though we’d go nuts. And it wa October, so just cold (it was a blizzard). People in town were out 4-6 days. I can’t imagine. Glad you’re safe and the power is on!

  • Heather Dugan

    Sorry you got the extended version! I only had 24 hours without: enough time to move fridge/freezer contents back and forth from my sister’s house and to stop automatically flipping on light switches when I walked into rooms -but no real hardship. I stopped at a green light yesterday, though, to wait my turn… oops.

  • mare ball

    so glad the power is back for you. I’m in FL, where hurricanes often knock out power, and it’s never fun. It’s amazing how cranky people get when they’re hot. It IS crazy how people do not understand the 4-say stop. Without power, we’re just a bunch of animals.

  • Vicki

    Right you are Momo, right you are!

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