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the winter

I'd just like to mention that I wrote a fantastic entry last night that didn't get posted because my power went out.  It was about how the media spent all yesterday trying to scare us about the STORM OF THE CENTURY or whatever, when all we got was a good rain.  Schools closed, stores closed, my department was given permission to leave work early if we wished.  It was stupid and I hate how the news has to thrive on fear so much.  After work, I ran errands, because there was no snow, ice, or death, just some frozen trees and rain, but the fabric store across the street from me was closed "due to weather".  No luck there.  I found another one.

I'm not sure what the temperature was outside, but it must have been right at freezing because ice froze on trees and powerlines but the roads were all clear.  My power went out a few minutes after I got out of the shower, then came back on five minutes later, then off again, and so on for an hour or so.  I unplugged everything, waited for a power on time to heat up some leftover macaroni & cheese and drank the rest of the milk I had.  I thought about how different "stuff" became without power... every time I move, I throw away candles because they take up so much space and give away books because they're so damn heavy, but these are the things that save you in a power outage because the only light you have is candles and the only thing to do is read.  I've been reading Steinem's "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions", a fabulous account of the reasons and effects of the second wave of feminists, who launched into action after Friedman was published in the early 60s.  It's a good read; I'd recommend it.  For one thing, it's a good account of just how horrible conditions were for women 30 years ago. We take so much for granted today and there are so many little things we don't even think about anymore that women in the 70s had to fight hard for.

So I lit lots of candles (I have enough to light the apartment quite nicely) and read for a little while, then power came back on so I watched some TV, then I got confident in it so I worked on sewing projects, but I still didn't feel good enough to turn on computers or network components.  I wasn't too worried; I spend too much time on the computers anyway.


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Jan. 6th, 2005 01:09 am (UTC)
Yeah, um, this weather is really pissing me off too. I wanted to be back at school yesterday, but now I have to get up WAY earlier than normally necessary just to TRY to get back to school before my training starts tomorrow...
Jan. 6th, 2005 01:14 am (UTC)
We (up here in lawrence/kc) got an inch or so of ice, then some snow. More snow on the way.

So all of the blather about the storm wasn't useless.

We lost the tree in our front yard. :(
Jan. 6th, 2005 04:56 am (UTC)
Things really do become so different without power. I was babysitting my brother and sister for the weekend one time (the first time I babysat them for an extended period of time, coincidentally), and, on Saturday, the power went out from around 11:30 in the morning to 10:00 at night. We ended up finishing all of our homework on Saturday, simply because there was really nothing else to do around the house. I think we ended up going out to eat lunch, and for dinner, I was planning on actually cooking a real meal, but obviously I couldn't do that. Luckily, a friend of my mum's invited us to dinner. It was so weird though; I felt like we had been flung back into the 1800s just because we couldn't turn on the television, listen to music, go on the computer, we couldn't even cook! It was really bizarre. Damn inconvenient too, since I almost missed the first game of the World Series.
Jan. 6th, 2005 09:49 am (UTC)
I thought you had a laptop?
Jan. 7th, 2005 12:34 am (UTC)
yes, but the cable modem and wireless router both require real power :) I thought about finding a cafe or something but so many places closed, I just gave up.
Jan. 6th, 2005 10:55 am (UTC)
I can't believe people (here in the UK and in the US) have so little to do that isn't electricity based. Might be because every time I go to a lecture they mention how their inventions could solve the world energy crisis, but I have loads of things to do without electricity - sewing, knitting, reading, learning things... I think the only thing I do that can't be done without mains electricity is going online, and it's possible to make a laptop battery charger that gets potential from the sun, wind, pedal power or a combination if somebody with a workshop puts their mind to it.
Jan. 7th, 2005 12:35 am (UTC)
I an unable to sew without the help of my trusty sewing machine.
Jan. 6th, 2005 03:00 pm (UTC)
Glad you're ok. About the only exciting weather news down here was getting snow on Christmas.
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