Black Out 2003

They seem to be calling it that. The only place I’ve had news so far was from the battery operated radio and just now from the AOL site as I logged in. But, I’ve been living it. We just got power back after 24 hours without electricity, water or phones. Everything was gone. I washed my face this morning in water I scooped out of the pool in the backyard. My car is very low on gas but the lines are still very long at the stations so I’m afraid to wait in them and run out while I’m waiting my turn.

It’s been hard doing without flushable toilets, communication and running water. I’ve missed those three things the most.

We still don’t know how long the power will last. It might go off any second and not come on again until Monday. So, this will be a shortish entry. I also, agreed to babysit for my sister tonight and I have to leave soon.

I’m so glad for the pool here today. I went in for a refreshing swim as soon as I came back here from trying to find a bank machine and checking on the rest of the family living around here. We had no radio at the house, no batteries that were working. I heard my radio in the car while driivng or during the time I was at my sister’s house.

Anyway, it’s been interesting. I’ve heard a lot of strories from other people. Some were at a funeral when it went off. Some were on the highway running out of gas. I was fixing a man’s watch at work. I had to fumble around in the dark to find all the pieces and then put them in a little bag so he could take them home. He didn’t want to wait. But, we had no clue the power was off for so many others or for such a great distance. At first we thought it was the fault of construction for the new Home Depot they have been building next door. It was a huge surprise to find out it wasn’t just our store, or our block or our town.

Hope everyone is doing ok. Take care and enjoy the power while you have it.

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