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The Adventure of Staying Put

Last night, I actually got out of work at a decent hour, so I invited Mike over for Tacos with all the fixin's (minus fresh tomatoes, silly winter). After dinner, Mike (finally) got to open his birthday presents which he really liked. (Mostly 'cuz this year he gave me a wish list, but I did sneak a surprise in there.)

After presents, we went to Singers rehearsal. There was a low turn out (I was the only alto for half of rehearsal), but that was mostly due to the fridged (for us) temperatures and wind and predicted ice. The roads were fine, though, and we didn't have any trouble getting back and forth. Mom stopped by to say hi and bring me my mail (and a package!) and a few other things during our break.

After singers, Mike and I went back to my place. The packaged contained some really nifty mugs from my Aunt Sandy & Uncle Ken for Valentine's Day. I washed 2 of them and we had hot chocolate and we split the AMAZING fausnaught that my parents saved for me. It was approximately the size of my face. Which is where I wanted to shove it. But I savored each bite instead. :-P

After that, Mike and I decided to play some Smash Brothers Melee on his game cube which has taken up residence in my apartment. We played for a little while, and then the power went out. I think it was about 10:15. It didn't come back on. Strangely, there were lights in the park behind the house (and the houses behind the park), but my street was completely dark (which was completely creepy). After finding my flashlight(s) and making sure that nothing was damaged (and everything that had been on was now turned off), I decided to go to bed and Mike left to find out if Wal*Mart had power (I'm assuming they did) so he could do some shopping before going home. I called the power company to report the outage (put your power company's number in your cell phone if it isn't there already!) and the automated voice told me that an element that protects underground power lines had been damaged and that it was going to be fixed by 2am. Great! So the power would come on, the heat would come on and all would be awesome. I used their wakeup call service to schedule a wake-up call.

I have to say, after growing up with water coming into your house via a pump from a well, it is very strange to be able to use the water when there is no electricity. But, I was not going to take a shower in freezing cold water, so I put 2 extra blankets on the bed, and fell asleep.

I woke up and thought it must have been around 1:30-2am. The power was not back and there was a lot of banging, sound of vehicles, etc, in the street. It was actually 6:15am and about 50 yards down the road there were 7 trucks/construction vehicles and such digging up the street. Lovely. They must have started earlier than that, though because they were all gone by 8:15 when the power was finally restored. When I braved the rest of my apartment, I discovered that it was a lovely (not) 52 degrees F in the living room. Fortunately I was able to take a HOT shower, have a HOT breakfast, and take a mug full of HOT tea with me to work. Oh, and the cable was out so no morning internet for me. I called Comcast and reported the outage (which I should have done last night) - 20 minutes later trucks came up the street. Apparently I am the only one that can pick up a phone. Although, I do know my neighbors have the triple play, so maybe they couldn't phone if their cable phone was out? I don't know.

So, now I am work and I feel like I didn't sleep at all. I had weird dreams that involved what I can only imagine was the crew working on the road. (I will have to write about them next, but they will be a seperate post).

EDIT: Oh, and yeah. That wake-up call I was supposed to get from the power company didn't happen. Fortunately(!?!?!?!) I didn't really fall back to sleep after being woken up at 6:15. Sigh.


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Feb. 12th, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
You are NEVER going to believe this, but Z invited ME over last night for tacos with all the fixins! Yay for tacos AND for fixins!
Feb. 12th, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
That is crazy! What time did you eat? We ate around 6:30pm EST. If you ate at 5:30 we were both eating tacos at the EXACT. SAME. TIME!
Feb. 12th, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
I wish that could have been what happened, how I wish it.

Actually, I leave work at 5 p.m. CST, then we went to the grocery store, and we didn't get home until about 6:30 p.m., I think. So we didn't eat until 7 p.m. And then we watched Deal -- or NO DEAL.
Feb. 12th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
You were eating and we were singing! Very weird that it was taco night across the US! :)
Feb. 12th, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC)
Omigosh... a taco without tomatoes is not a taco in my book. ;-p I'd rather have tomatoes than all the other 'fixins' combined! haha. But you probably knew that. Sorry, had to comment 'cause the idea of it scared me. ;-p
Feb. 12th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
I had tomatoes that were in the salsa! I'd rather not have any when they are as crappy and expensive as they are now. Eat in season!
Feb. 12th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but salsa'd tomatoes are well... salsa'd, ground up and mixed with too much salt and preservatives. :-p Salsa's awesome, don't get me wrong, but nothing beats a tomato! haha. I pay for them anyway - from Trader Joe's from some greenery in Maine... Expensive, but somewhat local even out of season, and all natural! That's how much I like them. Hoohah tomatoes! I need a tomatoe icon. :)
Feb. 12th, 2008 06:08 pm (UTC)
That's why I like it! I don't like tomatoes "raw" unless they are sandwiched between meat and cheese and you can barely taste them. :) All the tomatoes around here have been crap. Even the organics! I haven't seen a good tomato since June. I think last summer was bad year or something, too.
Feb. 12th, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
*salsas you*
Feb. 12th, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
Mike salsa'd me last night. :)
Feb. 12th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
Sounds sticky!
Feb. 12th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
How's he doing these days? I tried getting in touch a couple times over the holidays but didn't hear anything back. :-(
Feb. 12th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
He's hanging in there. Commuting a total of 2 hours every day is allowing him to get a lot of stuff listened to, but it is going to start taking a toll soon. I'll try to get him to call you. :)

Since the "holidays" are his busiest time and that is when his store was closing, that's probably why you didn't hear from him.

Edited at 2008-02-12 07:20 pm (UTC)
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