Thursday, July 27, 2017

An Exercise in Murphy's Law Survival?

I've got to be at least a week behind on blog reading/commenting. I promise, I'll get caught up in the next day or so. Fortunately, only three blogs I follow post every day!

It's been one of those weeks. Two of those weeks, actually.  Last week, we had a power outage during one of the hottest days in the past month. It was 103 degrees, with a heat index of something like 110. Fortunately, the power went out in the evening, around 5:30--and our AC had just run for a long period. Our ceiling fans had been running as well. The windows and blinds were closed. We left them that way for the duration of the outage, unlike our neighbors, who all went outside as soon as the lights went out. Our apartment was cool, and as long as we kept everything closed, it would remain so for several hours. We had a portable battery powered TV, a pocket radio and power banks to charge our phones. We also had an abundance of snacks that weren't messy and could be eaten in the dark. And toward the end, when my face started to feel warm, I had this cute little fan.


We used our phones to check the electric company's website for updates. First, they posted that power was expected to be restored by 8:45pm. Then, it was 11:00pm. By 11:00, it had been changed to 5:00. It looked to be a long night. I recalled a power outage I'd been through fifty years ago. (Fifty? Did I really just say fifty? I really am old!) I was a kid back then. There were no battery powered TVs, no smartphones...but we did have flashlights. Mom, Dad and I sat in our living room with Dad's big flashlight on the coffee table, pointed up at the ceiling. A bug got on the flashlight and spent hours running around in the light. That was our entertainment for the duration of the outage--watching that bug run around, looking much bigger than it actually was.

It took so little to entertain us back then.

But getting back to the immediate past, the lights came back on just after midnight--whereupon we checked everything electric to make sure there had been no damage from power surges. reset clocks, and promptly went to bed.

I've had a nasty cold. My nose is sore from blowing it so often. My lips are so chapped they look plumper than usual and much redder. I've bought so many boxes of tissues we should own stock in the company that makes Kleenex. Thankfully, it's almost gone now.


Now, we're preparing for the Big Event of the Century here in the Midwest. On August 21st, we'll be in the path of totality for the solar eclipse. It will pass through twelve states, including Missouri. The last total solar eclipse to come our way was on June 8, 1918, almost one hundred years ago. It was sixty-one years before Collin was born, thirty-five years before I was born and eleven years before my mother was born. My father was only four years old.

It's a big deal, especially to amateur astronomers like myself.

 

18 comments:

  1. So sorry about the cold! We opened the doors and windows after the rain stopped during our outage as there was a cool, cool wind blowing. I so envy you and that eclipse. Enjoy!

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    1. We're really looking forward to the eclipse. I'm trying to figure out how to photograph it.

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  2. Love Love Love your fan ! So lucky you had it.
    I envy you seeing the Eclipse.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. I haven't shipped your goodie box yet. I'll see if I can find one for you!

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  3. Hope your summer cold passes faster than an eclipse! Love the minion fan. I wish I had it right now!

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    1. They work surprisingly well, considering Collin found them in the candy department!

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  4. The last time there was a power outage here, I came home, went to bed early, and it came back on in the night.

    The eclipse path won't be around here, as I understand it.

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    1. According to the map from NASA, it would be a partial eclipse in your area.

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    2. It's visible in varying degrees in all of North America,

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  5. You were smart to leave the blinds down. I remember that big power outage in August a dozen or so years ago. It went on for two or three days. Pretty miserable. Keeping the blinds down sure helped though.

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    1. I couldn't believe how many people were heading out into the heat. When we first moved here eleven years ago, there was a power outage that lasted over 24 hours. I was worried about my bird, so I checked with PetsMart. They didn't do boarding, but told me to keep the windows and blinds closed and open the door only when necessary. They recommended the walk-in closet for Sam (my bird).

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  6. Oh, boy, I wondered if that hot day wouldn't be bad for you guys down there. And the electric company always lies.
    Eclips will miss my b-day by 6 days.

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    1. It misses mine by 16 days. Are you in the path of totality?

      Collin is talking about trying to photograph it.

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  7. What a terrible time for the power to go out! Mine was out for three days one time but it was winter and we had a wood stove and several milk jugs full of water we always kept on hand. I was home by myself and played solitaire and brushed my teeth by candlelight till I could get out. Hearing your experience in the heat, I'm thankful mine wasn't in the summer!

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    1. We were fortunate that the AC had just run for a long period before the outage, so we were comfortable enough. My cousin had offered to come and get us, and if the outage had lasted much longer, we would have taken her up on the offer!

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  8. Sounds like you handled the power out perfectly Normal. I remember a similar thing happening here last year. A young twit crashed his car into a power pole on my street and knocked the whole street out for hours, it was 42C that day ๐Ÿ˜ถ don't worry the young twit wasn't hurt, but he would have been if we'd caught him ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Hah! Grace, I never pictured you as someone who'd resort to violence!

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