Tragic. Desperate. All Alone In The Night.
Ok, Iâ€™m being overly bombastic (in the first two anyway: itâ€™s J. Michael Stracyznski being bombastic in the last one).
There were some crazy-ass storms today in San Francisco with, I heard, another two crazy-ass storms on the way to make the weekend something special. Itâ€™s because Iâ€™m back but not back, I know it. I am at odds with my environment and the environment is letting me know it (and yes, â€˜solipsisticâ€™ is a mere doddle away from â€˜bombasticâ€™). Still, donâ€™t blame me. Iâ€™m too busy cowering under my own storm of a thousand questions up above me and with no settled firmament beneath. And my head hurts. A LOT.
So the storm knocked out power to most of the City. In my neighborhood, electricity went missing at 8:29 (Iâ€™ll explain how I know that in a bit) and didnâ€™t return until 17:24 (same reason I know this, donâ€™t get your gutchies in a bunch).
Things learned in a bleak and silent afternoon without electricity:
- the house is bleak and silent without electricity
- only my old school room type analog plug-in electric clock which hangs above the kitchen doorway remembers when the world went off and, with offsets, exactly when the world came back on
- I spend more time in artificial light than natural
- MacBook Pro batteries should be kept charged at all times and do not do so would be really stupid because theyâ€™re there to keep you going when thereâ€™s no electricity available and so keep them charged, kids, and now I’m done PSAing
- iPhones are a lifeline to the net thanks to EDGE networks which are totally plenty fast (but not fast enough for the sole reason that the net can never be fast enough) despite all the bitching by feature-list-obsessors that 3G is â€œnecessaryâ€
- the Internet isnâ€™t a god, itâ€™s a landscape and electricity keeps you dressed and fed when there
- the Internetâ€™s my There and without electricity, thereâ€™s almost no â€˜thereâ€™ there
- the time when I most want to write is when I canâ€™t, and now that I can write, I donâ€™t feel like it. Corollary: adolescence isnâ€™t the Past, itâ€™s vestigial. Like your appendix.
- Tea-lite candles are quaint, and theyâ€™re certainly keeping Walter the Cat transfixed, but flickering light is just a pain in the ass to read by.
- Giving to charitable organizations is a Good Thing, especially appreciated today when the hand-crank chargeable radio (FM, AM, SW, along with siren, flashing light and white LED light) I got by donating to KQED last year came in very handy indeed.
- compared to a full-on soundsystem with giant HDTV, music sounds magnificent from a single tinny speaker on a bleak and silent afternoon without electricity.
- I noticed that tea was being converted to music as I cranked the hand-crank to give the radio an extra bolus of electricity.
- Thank you, gas heat!
By now even Iâ€™m getting the idea I should have titled this one â€œEven More Fillerâ€, so Iâ€™ll just shut up and get back to my re-electrified world of torpor and distraction, because the vickies just ainâ€™t cuttinâ€™ it for the pain noâ€™ moâ€™.