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Taken For Granted

I was moments away from completing a post about the importance of this day - its importance in my life anyway - when POOF!

My monitor went black.

"Whaaa?"

I stared at the screen in disbelief for a moment, when it dawned on me that the apartment is really quiet. REALLY QUIET.

No heater sound though it's only 37 degrees outside. No hard drive sound coming from the computer. No computer fan noise. NOTHING.

The power went out.

I sat there, thinking of how long it had been since I'd been indoors without power. Electricity is one of those things we take for granted. I really had to think to recall a time without it being there, aside from the occasional jolt or flicker off and then back on.

And then I remembered Pittsburgh.

I was living in an apartment that sat on the very edge of a power grid. The power went out at least four times during the year I lived there - always at night. I'd sit in my dark living room and stare out the window. Somehow, all of the other buildings in my apartment complex still had power. I'd look at them and imagine how happy the power-having people must have been. Those bastards.

I looked out the window to see if my Portland neighbors had power (those bastards), but since it's a bright sunny day, it's too hard to tell.

...Whirrrrrrrrrrr...

Ahh! The power came back on, so I restarted my computer in hopes that I'd saved some of the post I'd been writing.

POP.

The power went off for a second time.

Well crap...

I got up and poured myself a cup of coffee, and took a walk around the apartment. Pacing really...

What does one do without power?

I can't work without a computer...
nor can I write anything (pencil? WHAT? Are you MAD?!?)
can't email anyone...
can't IM anyone (not that I ever IM anyone these days)
can't post about my lack of power...
can't post about my bastard neighbors who probably have power (those BASTARDS!)

A look at the couch revealed the boys curled up taking a cat nap. They appeared to know something wasn't right though, as they looked concerned. At least, I thought they did before they put their heads back down and fell asleep again. (bastards)

Oh. It's back on. The crisis ends. By this evening, I'll be back to taking electricity completely for granted again.

That'll be sweet!

::::: | Wednesday, Feb 09 2005 at 12:09 PM
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