Power Outage and Catastrophist-ing
2021-01-27, 9:25 p.m.
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My power went out at 1 a.m. this morning. I know this because my modem has a battery and it BEEPED EVERY BLINKING MINUTE FOR FIVE HOURS until it ran dead. Well, thankfully the earplugs blocked it out in the bedroom, though I did get up at one point to pee and it was still beeping, and I heard its last gasps around 6 a.m. Anyway, by 8 a.m. it was still not on and I had to use a vacation day for work. I guess something like 8000 people here had their power blown out and various other towns did too. Not my boss, though, go figure.
So I spent the day living off Chex Mix and reading books in the living room with the light from the screen door, checking on the batteries and flashlights, looking for blankets, what have you. It never quite rained but it was quite windy looking all day, I did hear car alarms and sirens and whatnot off and on though. My brain was pretty dead from the lack of sleep and I had no energy to do much but read anyway. It was nice and relaxing, almost like a sick day or something. I did mild things like go find a blanket and throw out old batteries and stare incessantly at one of my card decks and go, "Hey, a lot of these have similar drawing styles..."
After a certain point I hoped it would turn on at 5 p.m. since the day was pretty well blown :P It briefly turned on at 4:30 for about 15 seconds, during which the modem battery started beeping again.... and that time I finally figured out the damn thing has a volume switch. (My apologies to the neighbors.)
Anyway, the power is back on as of 5:15 p.m.! I quickly made a peanut butter sandwich (I had frozen bread in there) rather than starting something to cook, in case it went out again. The bread was somewhat softened but hopefully the entire fridge isn't ruined? She says, optimistically?
I was thinking last night that I spend 99% of my waking hours on a screen these days. I suppose it was nice to have an enforced day off, as I tried not to use the cell phone except for texting my boss and checking pge.com for outage news (never actually got any updates, mind you). It was down to 70% by 5:15. so I'm not sure if I would have had power to tell my boss "still not working" tomorrow morning!
Anyway, it was a nice unexpected day off, as it were. Very relaxing. Sat around trying to read this book on dreams that is somewhat hard going, and then switched to rereading Romancing Mr. Bridgerton. I hope they do that book right when they get to it on the TV show.
Also, I was off the Internet all day! What news went on?! Actually, nothing horrendously bad seems to have happened!!!!
In other news: I continue to love that my new phone shows "Scam Likely" on certain phone numbers. NOT ANSWERING! However....that was not a scam, that was PG&E calling to say they didn't know when power was going to be restored. Uh... it's already on here? WELP, THAT WAS CONFUSING.
Tonight's Viewing: "The Catastrophist," Lauren Gunderson's new play about her husband Nathan Wolfe, a virologist.
I'm not sure if you can read the program I got for it or not, but give it a go, it's interesting.
"My wife drags me to enough plays that I know all the tricks now."
I'm not sure what to make of this, but it's interesting. The family heart disease is more of a plotline than the virology stuff, but maybe the latter's just hard to follow for us theater noobs, I dunno. I admire that they did it, I think it's a cool idea to do a one man show about someone like that and double bonus when it's your husband and you throw in all these meta bits from yourself in it.
We'll see what my friends, if they get around to seeing it, think.
Back to Zoey: Zoey's Extraordinary Employee: "I'm starting a business venture with someone whose main contribution is summoning the otherworld."
"How do you feel about a lychee daquiri?" "Confused, mostly."