I'm back. The power is still on. We seemed to be the last area to get power back today. Some had it before morning even. But for us it went off around 4 in the afternoon and came back shortly before 4 the next afternoon. No doubt there are more dramatic and riveting accounts than mine. We were ok. No dead fish in the aquarium (no aquarium here). No washing machine stopped mid-load and left full of mouldering clothes. No freezer full of $1,000 of meat, going bad. I have heard others talking about each of those situations. For me it was not being able to wash or use the computer to communicate. Of course I missed playing games too but mostly I kept thinking of how I'd like to check all this out on the Internet and find out what was happening and when it would be fixed. Here I am now and I'm just doddering around really. Funny how that seems to work.
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.
I'm washing my work uniform. One good thing about having a uniform to wear to work, you always know what you'll be wearing. I wish I had an extra shirt and pants though. I do have 2 but it would be nicer to have 3. Still, I don't have to worry about them getting worn out from all the washing. The company provides more shirts and the pants were just cheap polyester. I work at 3 this afternoon. I've been getting some morning shifts, that was really nice. Easier on the car too. I still worry every time the heat gage goes past the second line. No more big problems so far though. Sounds like someone is back, just walked in the door here so I guess I'm offline until tonight.
I want to go farther than Ontario. At least as far as Manitoba, the next province over in a westerly direction. I was looking up the Greyhound bus fares tonight. If you get your tickets two weeks ahead it's $124 return. Not sure if that includes those pesky taxes though. Still, under $150, not too bad. It should be even better in off season, around my birthday. If I can hold out until after my birthday (and all that Christmas stuff that just keeps getting in the way, taking credit for the holiday) the fares will be pretty cheap. Once upon a time when I was not 30 yet, I went out to Vancouver with a $400 pass, good for 3 months worth of travel. Those were great trips. Solo woman traveler, the best way to go! Anyway, I really really really want a trip! Did I mention that? I wish I could drive out there. But, the car is not making happy anymore. It stopped being fun to drive afer the radiator blew a few weeks ago. Now I dread every shake, noise and grind that thing makes. I have a terrible feeling there is something wrong with the transmission now. If so, that car has seen it's last roadkill.
Hi Kareem, I did the newbie thing and replied back to the auto notification email sent through Live Journal. So, you'll never know what devious little things I said. It was all really fabulously clever too. Not that I can remember any more, but I know it was really good. :) I'm downloading that HTML program for Live Journal tonight. Thanks for the link. I looked at the downloads the other night but decided there were too many to choose from. Besides I only wanted something to do one simple little thing. Anyway, it's really hot and humid here tonight. It's starting to cause fogginess in my brain. I know it's not that I'm tired. I got tired of being tired and I rebelled against the whole tired idea. Now, I'm just... sort of laid back. Yeah, that's it... laid back. Never tired.