power outage

blackoutWe had ourselves a little power outage this morning in my neighbourhood...

When I woke up this morning I looked at my bedside clock to find out what time it was... blank... microwave clock... blank... fridge... silent...

Oh yah... a blackout!

I looked outside, all the street lights were off, so it wasn't just my house, it was my whole block, in theory anyway.

I'm just glad I now use the alarm on my mobile rather than the one on my bedside clock, or who knows when I might have woken up. I did feel sorry for anybody in the neighbourhood who HAD set their alarm the normal way and had slept in as a result (not much... but I know if it had been me I woulda been annoyed).

So I took myself off for my walk since there wasn't a whole hell of a lot else I could do anyway, and hoped that by the time I got home again everything would have fixed itself.

There's something slightly unnerving about a power blackout like that... it's always worse when it's during the evening and you don't have lights or teevee or anything... but in the early hours of the morning like that it just feels a little creepy... you don't need the lights, but just being without the streetlights and the general noise and hum of technology is a little weird.

I wasn't feeling overly hopeful about the power being back as I entered the home stretch, since the traffic lights where out at the top of Montifiore Hill (which means that the whole entire slice of North Adelaide, from my place down to the parklands was all without power)... but I could see that the lights at the far end of Jeffcott Street were still working, so there was hope.

Alas, when I walked in the front door I was confronted with a blank microwave... no power, no nothing...

So, as I always do in these situations, I called Ma to bitch about it. I knew that she couldn't do anything to fix it, but just the act of having a whine about the problem always makes me feel better.

And there must be some sort of magic in that kind of phonecall, because while I was chatting with her the power came back on... yaaaaay! Which means that it was out for over an hour and a half, maybe more... I don't actually know when it first went off.

It also meant I had to reset my microwave and DVD/VCR clocks (annoying but not overly complicated)... although my bedside clock has a battery in it, so it just remembered the time all by itself... clever little cabbage...

There's also no word on why the power was out... or at least nothing on the Adelaide Now news website... they might mention it on the news tonight, although I probably won't remember to watch...

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2 comments:

Tom said...

The street lights were off when you woke up? And you were surprised? You must get up super early! I can safely say that I don't remember the last time I got up in the dark. (In aus anyway... in england when it gets light at 8am in winter is another story!) :)

yani said...

LOL... I get up at about 6am... give or take ten minutes... so yeah, I was surprised... usually they last a little longer than that. Not by much, but we're now on the slippery downward slope towards there being less sunlight around, so I'm used to seeing them on when I first get up or leave the house, but not when I get home again.

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