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What is this 4 seasons of 24?  HA!  No, it’s how long I was without power.  Let me tell you, it was long.  Let me tell you a story:

Friday, March 12th into Saturday, there was a massive rain storm.  I’m talking bad.  sustained winds of around 30mph, with gusts of 66mph.  I watched the 50 foot 80 year old oak trees in my back yard sway back and forth, and back and forth.  They didn’t fall down.  But others did.  The 1-2 punch of 2 feet of snow a few weeks ago that melted and the 2 inches of rain that fell in 24 hours caused the ground to be super saturated.  Combine that with the wind gusts, and you have perfect conditions for trees to fall.

And trees fell.

A 3 foot wide tree fell a few blocks away from my house and took out everything.  It was massive, and, it was in perfect health.  (I looked at the tree, cause I wanted it, I like firewood, I’m kind of obsessed with it, leave me alone).

Because of that, I lost power around 8:40pm EST on Saturday, and did not get it back until 8:30pm EST Wednesday, March 17th  (so 95 hours, 50mins).

It was a hectic week let me tell you that, and I’m glad that power has been restored.

Let me tell you when the heat has been off in the house, even with outside daytime temps reaching the mid 60s, at night, the house gets cold quick.  Lowest temp I recorded in my room was 56 degrees.  That’s a full 20 degrees less than usual.

Now my house has hot water heat, but the pumps that run the water are electric, and so things don’t work.  Also, we have a generator, but it’s purpose was for sump pump and refrigerator duty.  Without the gennie, we would have lost all the stuff in our fridge, (and it was packed), and our basement would have had about a foot or more of water in it, so using it to power the computers for an hour or so was out of the question.

One good thing that came of this, I was able to read 550 pages of the new Stephen King book, Under the Dome.  That was good cause I was looking for an excuse to start it, and that was the perfect one.  I’m now about 300 pages from the end, and if the weather is still good, will finish it soon. (So far, it’s good, up there with The Stand)

I was very upset when it happened at first though, because I was up to 336 billion bytes received.  And I was working on 1 trillion.  That took me 2 weeks of nonstop Olympic viewing to get, it will take forever to get that high again now, you just watch!

Anyway, we’re back, and I’ll try and get some new posts up.

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