And Then The Power Went Out

I think this would be a great title for a post apocalyptic novel story.  It’s also been the kind of afternoon we’ve had here at the house.  Luckily for you, the power came back on just in time for me to write this inspiring post.  Maybe I shouldn’t over promise …

It’s been a cold and windy day here and while on our way back from church I suggested to Heather that it seemed like a stay-indoors-kind-of-afternoon.  I had visions of getting some tea, and doing some writing.

My heart sank as I opened the front door and noticed the clock on the stove was dark.  I like to think that we’re well prepared for any emergency, but I having that cup of tea wasn’t going to be that easy.

Oh, I could have gone to the camping shed and pulled out a stove to boil some water out on the patio, but the 25 mile per hour winds were a bit demotivating.  Then I thought, “well I’ll just get the laptop out and check with the power company on how long we might be out of power.”

At this point I should note that I have four UPS (uninterruptible power supply) in the office that keep things alive – including the internet/router/wifi/telephone thing.  There were only two things still beeping at this point and yes the battery unit for the internet/router/wifi/telephone thing had died.  We were now cut off from the world. Fortunately my cellphone was still 70% charged and I use it to check PG&E’s website.

I’m so glad I was able to get to PG&E to find out how many power outages there were in the area and to discover that the repair crew was en route to ours.  In fact the crew was still listed as en route for an hour after they restored power.  Amazing – they fixed it without arriving …

At this point in the blog post it would be natural to slip into a lecture/sermon/morality lesson about how easy our lives are with all this technology and how fragile it all is.  Then there would be the whole how you should be prepared for all that – flashlights, coats, emergency food supplies, a wind proof stove, etc …

But, being a writer, while I was waiting for the power to return I started thinking how this would be a great start to a post apocalyptic story.  A couple returns home from church to find the power is out. It never comes back as they struggle to survive the aftermath of …

And that’s when the power came back on and I got my cup of tea then started writing this post.

You’re going to have to wait for the next power outage for me to finish that story – sorry.

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I work in the high tech world doing software release engineering Then I got prostate cancer Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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25 Responses to And Then The Power Went Out

  1. Well, I’m glad you got your tea. This was shaping up to be a real horror story.

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  2. G. J. Jolly says:

    Losing power in the home is usually received with such desperation anymore. So much of our lives seem to require electricity and/or natural gas these days. We aren’t sure what to do with ourselves when, all of a sudden, we can’t use the phone, the TV, the stove, or the computer. I wonder how many people would survive if the power never gave on again.

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  3. It was a fine bit of inspiration, and I applaud your priorities. Tea first! 🙂

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  4. Well, I’m sitting here after reading your post, drinking my hot cup of tea, feeling grateful for no power outages recently, and waiting for the rest of the story. 😉

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  5. dfolstad58 says:

    Would the beginning of your book be ” On a dark and stormy night?”

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  6. Debra says:

    We’ve had some fierce wind lately and haven’t lost our power, but you remind me that we really must be prepared with some form of emergency backup. I don’t even know where a flashlight is at the moment. 🙂 I think you may be onto something with your apocalyptic story, Andrew. Netflix seems to go in for just this kind of film, lately, so perhaps you could provide a screenplay! 🙂

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    • I found flashlights that you can plug into the wall that act like emergency lights – if the power goes out they turn on. They have a battery and last a few hours. I love ’em.

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  7. I think we’d just move out to the caravan…solar powered including the wifi. 😉

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  8. Christi says:

    Not being able to make tea when you are fully expecting being able to make tea – that’s pretty dire! Glad you made it through relatively unscathed. 😉

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    • We got very close to evacuating to a Starbucks for shelter and hot drinks – lucky for me I still had enough cellphone battery to find one that still had power, but just as we were discussing the plan, the lights came back on.

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  9. I have a big backup battery (not like yours, though) for my laptop and cellphone. Am considering a generator for my computer and frig. California needs to get its act together!

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    • I’ve thought about a generator, but we’re on the same local grid as the county hospital and we rarely get outages here. If I lived further out of town, I’d be buying a generator.

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  10. We are currently having on-going power outages. My mother in law visited yesterday and they had no power from 4am on Saturday morning until 11am Sunday morning. That is pretty horrible. We have a generator to deal with this problem now. There is nothing worse than sitting in the dark, cut off from the world and, especially, without tea.

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  11. dorannrule says:

    I admire your imagination and your idea for a doomsday book. There is drama and mystery in power outages. We just got a whole house generator and now the power never goes out and I miss the survival challenges and feeling insulated from the world.

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