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Electricity by lilnumber9 on Tue Jul 03, 2012 1:04 am
Electricity -- what is it?

That's the question. It's a strange thing that people seemingly cannot function without. I must be in the minority - ever since living through several hurricanes in Florida, going without air conditioning, television, internet access, electric lights, and all the other luxuries of modern life, power-outages are like camping out for me. It's a retreat from the ordinary and a reminder that life is more than physical comfort, and it's even possible to enjoy life when such comforts are absent.

Where is this coming from all of a sudden? Well, a few days ago, we had a large storm blow through the state I live in and, in my neighborhood, a number of houses collapsed under falling trees. In my state, half a million people lost power, and it takes a long time to repair that many damaged lines. Power just got restored to my neighborhood today. That's incredible efficiency, too. My friend, who lives thirty miles away, out in the boonies, will go without electricity until a week from Wednesday, if the estimates are accurate.

So what did I do on my suburban camping safari?

I...

- Set up a tent in the back yard because it was cooler outside than it was inside.
- Made strange, pointy sculptures out of fallen sticks and other various debris.
- Played guitar with various people on the front porch, like suburban hillbillies. Something I almost never do, even if you ignore the public exposure aspect of it. Temporary insanity. That must be it.
- Read three books.
- Wrote almost two chapters of a story I'm starting.
- Observed the neighbors sniping and outright yelling at one another in their yards.
- Cleaned a whole bunch of stuff, mopped the wood floor in my room, waterproofed my boots, mowed the lawn, pulled weeds, and in general, tended to my two flowerbeds and my garden. They look better right now than I've ever seen them look - at least since I started them. They looked pristine on day one.
- Played with the cats a lot - and I mean a lot. They're great entertainment. I'm all out of catnip, though.

...and most likely, some other stuff I've forgot.

It's strange to me that I never do a lot of those things when we have electricity. I also don't talk to as many people. My curious observation is that I seem to accomplish more things, and have more free time when the power is out, than when we have power, though I do just as much work. I also seem to have much less free time when we have power. I don't get it. :|

Oh-well. Anyhow, I'm back! And amazingly, I didn't get eaten alive by mosquitoes! Hooray for suburban camping.

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