I’ve been dealing with a power outage – downed power lines because of extremely high winds - for most of the day here. There were rumors that we would be without power for as long as three days. I was sure they were being overly pessimistic. But, just in case, I decided to go out and buy a generator. I didn’t want to lose everything in my refrigerator.
But, that wasn’t the only reason for wanting a generator. I immediately realized how dependent I am on modern technology. I realize the trap that I’m in, but I am in willingly.
Not having power is an immediate adjustment. I keep reaching for light switches, instinctively trying to turn light on in the room. We don’t have any Internet. I know most of human civilization lives just fine without these things, but I immediately missed them. I feel like I am a survivor on The Walking Dead, thinking about things like the charge on my phone, I’m rationing its use as if I will never see electricity again.
So, I went out to get a generator, and my family joined me so that we could have one last look at civilization. On the way there, we started researching different prices and different locations for generators. The prices vary wildly. If you buy them from a big Box Home Improvement Center - like Lowes or Home Depot – expect to pay more for it. But, you can get it for a fraction of the price online. But, I didn’t have time to wait for an online delivery.
We decide to sign up for a Lowe’s credit card to benefit from a 5% first time use bonus. We tried signing up for it, and the woman who was helping us to do it kept screwing it up. Hilariously, I got flagged by Lifelock as suspicious activity – someone was trying to open a credit card in my name! So, they denied me access to the credit card.
The timing worked out perfectly. While we were there, my son found out that the power was supposed to come back on at 9 o’clock. So, we left without buying anything, and ordered a cheaper generator online. We could certainly survive till 9 o’clock.
The power came on at 7:30, and we were overjoyed. That lasted for about 20 minutes. Then, darkness.
It was 9:03, and my wife wanted me to call the power company to see why it wasn’t on yet. I thought her impatience was amusing, but I didn’t let on I thought that. The power came back on at 9:04, lasted about 10 minutes, then went off.
It’s 1140 now, I can’t really make anything to eat, since I want what’s in the refrigerator to last as long as possible. But, you may have noticed all those bottles in the picture at the top of this post. These are all phenomenally good examples of their type of liquor. I’m convinced that they gather together to help take my mind off of my last days here, trying to survive without Internet access.
This is an interesting concoction. The absinthe applies a licorice overtone to the other flavors here. That cherry moonshine does actually taste like chocolate cherries. I don’t know how they do it. It’s like a lollipop that gets you drunk.
Power was restored a little bit before midnight, and it seems like it’s here to stay. I decided to add ice to my drink. I’m glad my skills in the kitchen help me to survive this crisis.