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5 January 2008
I was a bit miffed this morning when I turned on The Today
Show and saw it had been preempted by local news coverage of the approaching
Surely the preemption would only last 30 minutes or so, but no--it lasted 2
hours. I think.
Not a good time to do it, the day after the Iowa caucuses, when I was eager
to hear what all the NBC talking heads had to say about last night's fun and
With no Today Show to watch, I settled in the recliner with Chunk to watch
something recorded the night before.
Then it happened. The TV went off. Damn, I thought. The wind must have hit a
cable transformer somewhere. Owell, I would work on the computer. The wind
howled and I began to get a bit nervous about having the computer plugged
in, so I decided to turn it off.
Five minutes later, the power went out. I felt very smart to have had the
foresight to turn the power off.
I wasn't upset. Just a minor irritation. I wondered how long it would take
to get the power back on again.
I settled in for Chunk's morning nap and I listened to a podcast of Says You
that I hadn't heard before. Then I watched Ann Curry's reporton Darfur,
which has been on my iPod forever. Then I watched a PhotoShop tutorial.
By now I was wondering what the battery life of the iPod was. The power was
still not on.
I was starting to go thru withdrawal. We could still use the stovetop,
because though it starts electronically, it has gas, so with a camping flint
thingy, I could heat up coffee. I could call in to Utterz and send reports
on how things were going (if anybody cared). I could even read, tho the
light was dim. But as the afternoon wore on, I was very definitely going
through media withdrawal.
Finally at 3 p.m. I tried calling the newspaper, but the "circuits were tied
up." I couldn't stand it and went for a ride.
At least in the car I had the radio and learned that there were 70 mph gusts
near Lake Tahoe, that I-80 was closed and Cal Trans actually issued a
warning that said that if anyone tried to get to Lake Tahoe, they would be
putting their life in danger.
I went downtown and saw that there were pockets where there seemed to be
electricity, but a huge part of town was without power.
I returned home and tried to read by the fading light.
I was supposed to review La Cage aux Folles tonight, but I called the
theatre and learned it had no power either, so they were canceling opening
I gathered lots of candles and lit them. I called in yet another report to
Utterz. I sent e-mail by cell phone to a few people whose e-mail addresses I
Walt went and bought new batteries (he had to try two stores because the
first was out. The second was Ace Hardware, which also had no power, but
which was letting people in if they brought their own flashlights to search
the shelves and if they would pay by cash or check.
This was quickly becoming a "happening."
By the time the sun set, I had heard that PG&E was estimating that it might
be 9 p.m. tomorrow before power is restored. I began to think about Funny
Since it was essentially dark at 5 p.m., and since we couldn't do anything,
we decided to go out for dinner and maybe take in a movie, if one of the
movie theatres had power.
As we drove downtown, it was like the height of rush hour. Bumper to bumper
traffic because, of course, all the traffic lights were out and so getting
through an intersection was a very slow proposition. Also street lights were
out on a lot of streets.
The restaurant we were headed for had a line of people out the door,
standing in the rain. So did a lot of other restaurants (obviously we were
not the only people without power who decided to go out to dinner!).
We finally found Noodle City, where the wait time was only 5 minutes and we
had not only enough food to fill us for dinner, but enough to take home for
breakfast or lunch tomorrow, too.
By the time we finished, it was too late to go to a movie, and I had been
thinking of Mishka's cafe, where we could get ground coffee so I can make
coffee in our French Press tomorrow morning. More importantly, Mishka's has
free wifi and I could write an entry of Funny the World, which I have now
done. I'm not going to add photos or update most of the stuff I update every
day (and have no way to put together the video I took today), but by golly,
there is an entry.
Being compulsive is really a challenge.
I'm not sure when we'll have power and if there is no entry tomorrow, it's
because I somehow couldn't get to free wifi (in fact, we are driving Jeri
and Phil to the airport tomorrow, so that's a distinct possibility).
But there is no power at my home and by golly, I have posted a journal