Saturday, July 22, 2006

I've got the power!

Wow! I can now imagine in some tiny tiny way how the poeple of New Orleans felt. We have not had power in the St. Louis area for FOUR FRIGGIN' DAYS. As day two rolled around when it was 90 mother fucking degrees in the house, I kept mumbling "At least we have running water and phone service." (My sister did not even have phone service.) I have sat in the library and the mall. Gone out to eat. Driven around town in my air conditioned car because (a) it was air conditioned and (b) there were no parking places any where because everyone else was going to the library or out to eat. We did have a basement, but it was still hot down there and damn dark. I have taken enough cold baths to make my skin permanently pruney. But after the very hot weather, it was a beautiful cool night last night when we got out of the movies. (The movie houses around here were making a killing on ticket sales.)

I was actually off work on Wednesday because some dumbfuck construction guy (no offense to construction guys) at work hit the transformer and blew out the power. Luckily, I am in a department surrounded by windows so while they let the students out, staff had to wait for the go ahead. So there I was cutting paper with a paper cutter when the guy from the anatomy lab upstairs came down and asked how strong I was. I'm thinking, "Strong enough to use a paper cutter," but I told him "Not that strong." Good answer because next he said, "Cuz we're gonna need help moving THE BODIES." Excuuuuuuuse me???? THE BODIES. I whipped around and said, "Not in my job specs." Apparently, the unused bodies were already stored, but the cadavers that were just "hanging out" on the lab tables needed to be put into the refrigerators that were now being run on generator power. Never even thought about that before. They grabbed some students and some professors who don't mind looking at opened cadavers for a living to stack them up "like cord wood." Gave me the heebie jeebies. We ate the watermelon in the defrosting refrigerator and got the afternoon off work. So I have Wednesday off as a fun day while they fixed the power (after calling us 3 times to tell us "we're off," "we're back on," "we're off again.") at school. That was a fun free day because we had air conditioning at home. But everyone got Thursday off and it wasn't so fun because we had no a/c. Do you know how many people suggested that I turn on a fan to get the air moving? I would IF I HAD ELECTRICTY??? We are so spoiled. We heard last night that when they "flipped the switch," it blew up and exploded into a ball of fire. Rumor was that it would be DAYS before we got back power.

So I left this morning to get my hair cut and went to the mall and the library (where there wasn't a computer available) and then came home to ELECTRICITY. Running around closing windows. (Damn, those tracks in the windows are filthy. I'll clean them later.) Empty water from ice bucket so it doesn't freeze into one solid block of ice. My HUB started throwing out spoiled food yesterday and then remembered we didn't have a garbage disposal. Not a jury would have convicted me if I'd killed the little bastard (which I almost did). Nerves are frayed.

But we have survived. I could play Sudoku in the candle light just so long before I went stark raving mad.

10 Comments:

At 5:54 PM, Blogger Leesa said...

Sounds awful. I complained about no power before, but it wasn't that hot and the nights get so cool. I do lose water though, so no cool baths for me.

 
At 7:46 PM, Blogger Pam said...

I'm a afraid to try that game....I get so addicted it physically hurts. Teehehehee.

Glad to hear things are getting back to 'normal'.
Pam

 
At 10:32 AM, Blogger greekchickie said...

4 DAYS?!?!?!? Gooooood grief, woman!!!!! There's no way I could have survived 4 days without power!

And there's no way I would have moved the bodies... LOL. M~ doesn't "do" dead!

Welcome back to civilization!

M~

 
At 3:41 PM, Blogger Shephard said...

Oh, that sucks! 4 days!
How awful.
It was 111* here yesterday, and we couldn't keep the house cool. I shudder to think what it would have been like w/out a/c. Oy.
Hope you're feeling cooler and all is back to "normal."

And the answer to "How strong are you?" should always be "Not strong at all." I am going to remember that. lol
~S

 
At 4:20 PM, Blogger Silent One said...

OMGooooodness.... that is way to long to go with out power. We have become soooo addicted to the stuff...that losing it is absolutely horrid. And in the heat too. I feel for you!

I would have killed the hub too. Stuffed him down the garbage disposal too. (I have to laugh at your term) Garbage disposal.... too funny. We call it... Garberator ( I am sure I am spelling that wrong) Garb - Er - A - Tore. Laughs... ok mine is just as silly of a name.

Where the heck do you work... if there are dead bodies pillingup. I am with the GreekOne... I don't do Dead. EVER!

Glad to have you back online again.!

 
At 8:50 PM, Blogger Semi-Celibate Man said...

I've been in St. Louis in a power outage before. Not fun. Glad you're back on.

 
At 10:45 AM, Blogger Stacie said...

YIKES....Red sees dead people! No thanks! My answer would have been "just strong enough to add you to the stack if you ask me to move any dead bodies!" LOL
Hope things are cooling down over your way. We're having our hot spell here in CT, if the power goes out, I'm in big trouble! Stacie

 
At 10:01 AM, Blogger Stacie said...

Stopped by to wish you a Happy Happy Birthday! Hope you are having a fabulous day! Stacie

 
At 11:41 AM, Blogger Michael said...

Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday dear Redhead Editor
Happy Birthday to yuooooooooooo.

Take Care
Michael

 
At 12:39 PM, Blogger greekchickie said...

Chick chick! Happy Birthday!!!!

:)
M~

 

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