It’s funny, or maybe sad in a way, how dependent we have become on technology and electricity. I fully admit that I’m an Internet and Twitter addict. I don’t have a lot of friends, so it’s almost my lifeline to the outside world in some ways. We use electricity for everything, including accessing the Internet and other technology. This hit me especially hard on Wednesday night when we had this wild storm come through at around 7:30 pm. One minute it was calm and peaceful. The next it was like a tropical storm arrived, complete with 50-60 mile an hour winds, rain going every which way, but straight, and debris whipping around as trees lost their leaves and limbs.
I had just finished eating dinner when I heard this massive POP! then lost all of my power. I’m not quite sure if it was the wind alone that did it or some kind of lightning strike combo, but it turned out to be an uprooted tree, which had fallen right on the power line. Did I mention it was the power line that sent electricity to the homes of myself and my neighbor? Seriously, everyone else in the neighborhood had power. Luck of the draw, I guess?
So anyway, it was the first time in a long time I had gone without power all night, and I had almost forgotten how dependent I am on it. Fortunately, I had recently purchased 4 new Bath and Body Works candles during the buy one, get one free sale so I had some decent light. My cell phone wasn’t fully charged, though, so I was only able to use it for a while before I put it down to save the last little bit for the morning. Nearly every other device I grabbed for was pretty much useless after that. “I know! I’ll watch a movie through Amazon or Netflix.” Doh, no power means no wifi. My old Kindle hadn’t been charged recently, and it’s where I still keep most of my books, so that was out. Then I figured I should probably be writing, but I found I had a hard time getting to it in that setting (I know, not a real excuse).
Ultimately, I did get some good reading in on my newest little Kindle Fire, as it had a couple of recently downloaded options. Eventually, I figured it was a good time to try to get some extra shut eye. Difficult because it was freaking hot! No electricity also equals no AC, and of course it’s a humid ass, 80 degree night. Obviously, there are much worse things in the world, but this has been the most exciting thing in my personal week.
I did lose all my refrigerated goods in the end, but fortunately having just come home from vacation, I haven’t been out for groceries yet. Winning! I also got a couple of neat cloud pictures, but sadly no rainbow appeared at my house. I saw some really good rainbow pics out there too.
In closing, thanks for your weather, Cincinnati! Fun times.