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( Apr. 13th, 2017 04:48 am)
I'm up early this morning. The power went off about 7:30 last night and stayed off till just after 3:30 this morning. It was fairly common for the power to go off where I grew up as a kid. The road was lined with trees, and you sort of had to keep your fingers crossed every time there was a strong thunderstorm. Unfortunately you got used to the sound of a transformer blowing up on the power pole a long walk from the house. There I lived in the woods. Here I live in a subdivision with the power lines all buried. I think this is only the third time the power has been off (always in good weather) in the 18 years I've been here, and the only time the power has been off for more than a couple hours. There is a substation quite close so maybe I haven't been lucky at all.

At any rate when the power went off last evening, I heard a transformer blow loudly. Mostly, then, I wondered whether it was on the street that goes past the subdivision or at the substation. I don't really know, but I suspect it was on the street. The power didn't go off at all on the far side of that street. The power in the park next to my backyard was off for maybe 90 minutes. Those of us in the subdivision were left in the dark. They probably didn't have a suitable replacement transformer in the area, like they would have on every repair truck back in St. Louis County.

Although I have a lap top I could amuse myself on for a while, long experience taught me the best thing to do in an evening power outage is go to bed. I got a good 7 hours of sleep before the power came back, which is about what I'd get anyway. So I've been up resetting all the clocks, and deciding what in the fridge needed pitching. Eight hours without electricity is too long to not to be concerned. The freezer compartment was still fine and dandy. Most of the stuff in the main fridge was by chance crammed together in mostly full bottles and jars keeping nice and cool, so it should be fine. The few things in small quantities (which would get warm faster) I threw out to be safe. The tomatoes should be fine; the lettuce will tell me if it needs to be pitched before I need it. Luckily the only leftovers I had were a small amount of canned cat food, a bit of corn and some chopped black olives in the bottom of a can which I'd already thought about throwing out.
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