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The weather outside is frightful - Blather, Rinse, Repeat
January 7th, 2004
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The weather outside is frightful
No, not really. But it's worse than folks around here are used to, which cause two sets of problems.

One: people don't know how to do day-to-day stuff in the snow, like drive, or shop, or whatever. A college buddy once made the observation that people run to the store to buy milk before a storm. People that haven't bought milk in the past year choose the night before a storm to load up on calcium, it seems. I didn't witness that this time around, but a couple inches of snow throws everybody into a tailspin (some more literally than others).

I came in to work yesterday, partially to get more of a feel for how my car behaves in such conditions, and I learned a few things to avoid - how steep a hill is too steep to go down too fast before losing the ability to safely stop, and so on. As I drove in, I passed people going down the highway at an angle. I think they started to spin and had marginal control over their vehicle, but couldn't quite line up the nose of their car with the actual direction of movement. Reminds me of Asteroids now that I write it down.

Two: given that it doesn't snow much around here, I imagine that much of the infrastructure is built without accounting for the cold. For instance, many places place power lines underground. Not us, no sir! Right up in the air where rampaging trees can have their way with the lines. And by the way, if you just bought your year's supply of milk, aren't you glad there's a power outage?


So, yes. It's a winter wonderland here, and I only half mean that ironically. I'd be much happier if my home had electricity and heat, but it's absolutely gorgeous outside. And there's not much to do at work, so I could go home without consequence...

It occurs to me that I have become spoiled. There's a woodstove in the house that I haven't used in the entire time that I've lived there. I own candles. I have plenty of non-electronic forms of amusement and embetterment. (It is too a word. Well, it should be.) There's no reason for me to be hostage to electricity.

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From:abbeyrd
Date:January 7th, 2004 02:47 pm (UTC)
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I know what you mean. I was without electricity for nearly a week last October (there was a nasty hurricane, and we place our electrical poles above ground too), and I nearly went out of my mind. Of course, very few places had power, including my work place, so I couldn't even escape there. :)
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From:tsmaster
Date:January 8th, 2004 12:44 am (UTC)
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Woo Hoo!

I am delighted to say that the power is on, less than 24 hours later.

I went into work early (for me, at least, these days) to get some semblance of warmth. Perhaps related, or perhaps the act of a spiteful deity, I got a splitting headache before lunch. So I came back home to sleep it off (well, I stuck it out until all my work was done) and the power was still off. Still, curling up in a cold bed is better than nothing.

By 5ish, my headache was mostly gone, but my nose was chilly, so I went in "to town" to buy some groceries (batteries and videotape - the batteries arguably could be used to power a light or a gameboy or something, the videotape an act of optimism that I'd have power back soon).

I puttered around the grocery store stripmall and decided to spend 3.5 hours watching a movie to give the power company time to plug my house back in. Add in wandering around Woodinville, looking for a restaurant with less than a 35 minute seating delay, and by the end of it all, here I am at home with the house slowly climbing away from equilibrium temperature. My feet are wet, and my computer room is back to the familiar hum of many many fans.

I better check to see if there's any milk in the fridge.
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