Thursday, November 21, 2013

Cheered by an Outage

“Look on the bright side,” Mom used to say when things seemed particularly bleak. Sometimes that positive ray can be hard to find.

Sunday at 6:30 p.m., electricity vanished at more than 300,000 homes, including ours, in southwestern Michigan.  A huge storm with 70 m.p.h. winds was the cause. The power company estimated service restoration in five or six days. The weather forecast said low temperatures likely would be below freezing the next night. 

--Kalamazoo Gazette Photo                                                                            

We started our gas log fireplace, but without an electric fan to circulate the warmed air it wasn't a big help. Our son performed a partial rescue with a small portable generator. He hooked it up to our refrigerator and freezer to save several hundred dollars worth of food.

Monday was unpleasant at our place. No computing. No reading early in the morning or when evening darkness fell. No television. No hot meals. Barely adequate warmth. It is amazing how much we've come to depend upon electricity.

Then I remembered Mom’s advice and thought about a bright side. One appeared. The power went out half way through the Packers’ televised football game. The few players not on the injured list were being crushed by yet another mediocre team. True Packers fans never leave a game until the bitter end. I was saved from another hour or two of intense suffering when the power went off.

Almost as positive as the early end of the Green Bay game for me was  the cautious restoration estimate by our electric company. Our power came on one day after it went out, not five or six. However, several thousand others remain without electricity today. Probably only a few are hoping to stay in the dark until Sunday night so they can miss another Packers defeat. Most people around here are Lions fans.

4 comments: said...

Mercifully, we have few electric outages here, although we have had them from time to time.
We like our warm weather, but when the electric goes out, it is stifling. I see cold can be worse.

Too bad about the Packers.


PiedType said...

I was in Atlanta in the early '70s when an ice storm knocked out the power for three days. Fortunately there were parts of town that still had power where we could spend the days and get hot meals, but it was miserable at home.

My condolences on one of life's more unpleasant experiences.

Tom Sightings said...

I hate to rub it in, but they were beaten by the NY Giants ... who lost the first six games of the season. Sigh ...

We lost power for 9 days last year during Sandy. So I feel the pain, and esp. for those who are still out.

Kay said...

I was so relieved when my daughter sent a text from Chicago saying they were OK. What a scare.

I'm glad you were OK too despite the power outage. I guess Art would feel the same way if he were watching the Bears.