Other than the heat and arguing with the person with the ice, I thought the power outage was great
and ours was out for 2 1/2 days!
It was Thursday, my day off, and I was watching TV in the middle of a sunny and hot afternoon. I was thinking it was strange because there were no storms or anything in the area. So I get a call about 20 minutes later from hubby who was at work (with a generator) and he said he'd been trying to call me for about 10 minutes and it said all the towers were full. Anyways he said to go get some ice because it was going to be awhile before things got going. I tried several times to call my mom and finally got through after about 15 minutes. She said she'd heard 'terrorists' and I'm thinking 'good grief I'll puke if I hear one more thing about 'terrorists'. Anyways she doesn't keep much in her fridge so she didn't need any ice.
So I head down to the gas station. This was the thing that ticked me off. There was about 4 of us standing outside wanting ice, one poor old couple at the pump, and the attendant had locked herself in the building! Apparently because her cash register was out she wasn't 'authorized' to sell anything, including the gas from the old couple who'd been there about an hour by this point! At one point I recall a few were talking about just taking the ice and leaving the money inside because the ice machine was outside and unlocked and would just melt anyways. About that time a friend of the attendant came, called someone for authorization, and finally opened the store up for small sales cash exact change only. So I got several bags of ice and headed home to pack up what I could in two ice chests.
Hubby got home, we had a cook out to use up some of the food, we got out the camping lanterns, talked, played cards, and board games most of the night at the picnic table. Both our work places had generators so the next day was work as usual, good thing our alarm clock had battery back up. Although because of the heat we slept on our camping cots by the only window getting any kind of breeze. Work was very slow for both of us, but we didn't lose any hours because of the power though. We took our morning showers (gas hot water heater) by lantern, I dried my hair by battery powered fan, and we went about our day.
Fri & Sat nights same as before, camping lanterns, cook out, cards, talking, board games, camping cots. It was a blast, I was hoping it would stay out for longer. Without all the distractions of TV, CPU etc it was a really fun time honestly.
The only thing that concerned me was that we had tickets to MIS for Sunday's race and I was afraid they would cancel it, but a phone call there reassured me they had power for Sunday. Late during our at home camping fun on Sat, the power came back on. So we went around shutting stuff off, resetting clocks/vcr's/appliances we finally did get our fans back and could go back to sleeping in our bed. Went to MIS that Sunday had a blast.
I wouldn't mind a repeat of it, wouldn't hurt my feelings any, and didn't really affect our lives negatively, I thought it was fun.