rejectomorph (flying_blind) wrote,

Reset Sixteen, Day Eighteen

For Christmas my neighborhood got a power outage. It only lasted about 25 minutes, but it got me thinking that I should lay in some more edibles that don't require heating. In Paradise I had a gas range, so even in a power outage I could heat up a can of beans or some soup. Here all I'd have had would have been some stale bread, a few tortillas, some snack crackers, some packets of tuna, some cheese, and a couple of pieces of fruit. Oh, and candy, and beer. As soon as the power came back on, which was a bit after nine o'clock in the evening, I microwaved a ramen bowl. I had started craving one almost as soon as the power went out. I'm so tech dependent.

The rain never got as intense as expected, and it was entirely absent more than it was present, but an occasional gust of strong wind did give an impression that a storm might be going on. The sky remained covered with clouds throughout. During the power outage it occurred to me that it would be a good time to look at the stars, and then I remembered it was too cloudy. Maybe we'll get a power outage on a clear night someday.

There was a nap Friday evening, beginning a bit after six o'clock, and it was the power outage that woke me up from it. The power went off four times and came back on three, and each time it came back on there was a beep from the apartment's hard wired carbon monoxide alarm system. I also get automated outage notices from PG&E over my cell phone, and it soon gave its text message noise. I had no idea what time it was, so had to check the phone, and it was 8:47. Without the outage I might have slept another two or three hours, so I guess I was lucky it happened.

So I'll probably get back to sleep shortly. There are still gusts of wind echoing in the vents now and then, and there could be more showers well into the morning, but I don't think this storm is going to bring any serious rain. I don't think it even washed all the bird poop off of my outdoor chair. The winter is being as lethargic as I am.

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