Sunday, February 28, 2010

Observations on a Power Outage

The power has been out here at home for about 36 hrs so far, and I have to admit that it has been a learning experience. We were prepared, or at least as prepared as we could be, and the one blessing is that though we have no power, heat, or phone, we DO have water. That really makes things much easier all around.

Observation #1 We are without power for a brief time, and we know that very soon the power will be restored. It makes one appreciate much more clearly what it might be like to be in Haiti, or in northern NY during the ice storm years ago when the power was out for weeks or months at a time. And though it is dark and cold, we have a dry home to live in, and we know where our next meal is coming from, and that very soon life will return to normal for us, where those people had no idea at all what the future would hold. We must remember to count the innumerable blessings that we have and so often take for granted.

Observation #2 The line crews working for Central Hudson have my undying admiration. It is cold and slushing out (rain, sleet and snow all mixed together=slush), and they are out in that crud cutting limbs, tracing faults, and replacing lines and fuses. To each and every one of them, THANK YOU!!

Observation #3 Freeze-dried food isn't all that bad. It sure beats cold sandwiches when you are living in a cold, dark house.

Now posting as power is back on for us. Time out 60 hrs.

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