On Thursday. Thanks to some powerful storms, possibly including a tornado and a microburst in some areas (but not mine), there wasn’t any electricity to get a Whensday post ready for Wednesday. And I discovered something. I am addicted to electricity. Yes, I confess. Life is kind of meh without the power to make things go vrooom, and make the electronic pilot light work on the water heater so there’s hot water to at least take a shower or wash the dishes. Or run the washing machine. I really like having those things.
But sometimes the power goes out, so you wash the dishes in cold water. Or you have to try to light your stove with matches so you can at least try to boil some water for coffee. And then you have to stand there for 10 minutes pouring water through the little funnel you’ve rigged up to make coffee. Only you can’t use cream because that would mean opening the fridge and you can’t do that because then whatever cold air is left in there will escape. So you have to use the yucky dry powdered cream that you keep on hand for emergencies, and this counts as one.
Actually, this is the longest I think I’ve ever been without power. Not counting the occasional camp out. So that’s a pretty good record, I think. I know the power company has been working hard to get power restored here, and I also found out that we were among the early groups to have their power turned back on. We got lucky! Praise the Lord we didn’t lose anything in the fridge either! I expected to have a bin full of water under the ice maker, but no, it was wonderfully full of ice, after 17 hours without power. Is that awesome or what?
So, the power being out reminded me of something that happened to me several years ago.
I was doing my regular grocery shopping and had only been racing through the aisles for about 15 minutes, when suddenly, the power went out in the store. It was a big store so it got pretty dark near the back, since the windows were all in front. I heard a couple of women scream, like they do on TV when they see a mouse or something. I thought that was kind of funny for some reason. But while I was standing there waiting for my eyes to adjust – because I didn’t want to chance crashing into the shelves in the dark – I noticed several glowing vertical lines start to appear. Turned out the grocery carts had glow in the dark bumpers on the outside corners and they’d kicked in when the lights went out. Then I started hearing people exclaiming, “Oh wow! Would you look at that! The carts glow in the dark!” It was pretty cool, I have to say.
The poor cashiers were lost without their registers. They couldn’t open them since there wasn’t any power, people couldn’t check out without the power to work the scanners, or scan their cards, everyone got stuck just waiting for the electricity to come back on. Which it did after about 15 or 20 minutes, so it was sort of a little adventure.
Do you have any “powerless” adventures?