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I was tempted to just post that subject line without anything in the text, but decided that was a little too mysterious.



So I've been without power at home for about 36 hours now, and PG&E can't say when my power is going to be restored. :-( I was not prepared for a big storm, since I had only got back into town about 12 hours before it hit, and hadn't had time to shop or anything. I guess the good thing about that is that I don't have to throw away even MORE spoiled food. But I would have liked to get batteries, candles, and maybe another flashlight or two before they were completely sold out all over town.

Yesterday, after the wind and rain had died down a bit, I took the bus to Target (one of the few stores open in town, running on its generator) but of course the whole camping supplies section was completely decimated. I did manage to get bread and PB&J and some other non-perishable food items, which is good because all the restaurants in town were closed yesterday for no power, and some are still closed today because their supplies spoiled yesterday. (I also managed, during this trip, to slip and fall in the mud TWICE. Like I said: chances of the zombies not eating my brain when the inevitable apocalypse comes=zero).

So right now I am camped out in my office, enjoying the wonders of modern civilization. (Like HOT WATER. Though I really hope power gets restored soon, because the other people in the building aren't going to like it if I keep giving myself sponge baths in the ladies' room. The one advantage to the power being out over a weekend is that practically no one is here.)

Looking on the bright side:
--At least I don't have to worry about my pipes freezing. No heat for 36 hours and my house is still about 52F--it was around 2F when I left Chicago, so I think power loss would be much more serious there.

--Cleaning all the old crap out of my refrigerator was one of my new years' resolutions anyway; now I'll just be forced to actually live up to it

--At least I have an office I can hang out in and get warm; I could probably even sleep here if I needed to and not get flack from anyone. (That's good, since all the friends I am close enough to to crash with are still out of town at the moment, it seems).



Since I will probably be throwing away most of the contents of my refrigerator tomorrow, I do have a question:
what condiments are safe to keep? I mean, I know to toss anything mayo-based, and I can probably keep the mustards, but what about things like strawberry jelly? Ketchup? Salsa?

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norwich36
Jan. 6th, 2008 01:23 am (UTC)
Thanks! I just have to look at it as an adventure, or something, I guess.
kristiinthedark
Jan. 6th, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
Ketchup is totally safe! Alas, jelly and salsa are not. :(

And wow, you are handling this well. I would be whimpering in the corner right about now, I suspect. But, hey! You are warm and you have the internet! I just hope everything is back to normal soon. *hugs you and cuddles*
norwich36
Jan. 6th, 2008 04:17 am (UTC)
Oh, well, some of that jelly is really ancient, anyway.

I sound fine now, but I was whimpering all morning, not even wanting to get out of bed because my house was so cold and I thought maybe I could just hide under the covers until PG&E finally came, but I had to give up and face the world around noon.

*Hugs*
serenography
Jan. 6th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
Aw, sweetie. How annoying! I hope they get it back on for you soon. At least we're in hiatus time and you aren't missing any new shows.
I'd toss anything that says "refrigerate after opening." 36 hours is a long time.
Stay warm!

norwich36
Jan. 6th, 2008 04:19 am (UTC)
Yeah, life without television sucks, but if I were missing new shows I'd be livid.

I pretty much think I have to toss my whole fridge, but considering that some of the things I have in there have been there for over two years, it's probably just as well.

Thanks for the warm thoughts!
roxymissrose
Jan. 6th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC)
you can keep jam a day or two without the fridge. I don't eat jelly....

we had a couple of days without power a few years ago. It was summer, and not a good thing. Not at all. plus, there was no bonding, and no moment in which we all realized how far apart we'd grown as a family and had a coming together over board games and the discovery that we could make our own fun. Nobody stabbed anybody, and that was as good as it got.
norwich36
Jan. 6th, 2008 04:25 am (UTC)
Yeah, you know, I feel kind of gypped. Television and fanfic have both brainwashed me into thinking that if I have to undergo such tribulation, I *should* be rewarded with either a PROFOUND FAMILY BONDING EXPERIENCE or else really hot sex and significant relationship revelations.

On the other hand, I am actually happy to NOT be with my family at this moment (none of us take inconvenience with much grace), and the fanfic h/c scenario also generally includes serious injury, so all in all I guess I'll just be happy with my slight boredom, slight inconveniences and access to heat and hot water.

(Glad to hear you survived your own adventures-in-power-loss without gross bodily injury. Yikes! Like I said, I prefer to weather these things mostly on my own, so that sounds close to hell, to me.)

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norwich36
Jan. 7th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
Yes, I've been through several power outages of a few hours (or an evening's) duration, and those are kind of fun, but we're on the end of day three here (and I'm not really expecting them to get my power restored tonight) so it's getting a little old.

Thanks for your good wishes!
bop_radar
Jan. 6th, 2008 09:31 am (UTC)
OMG! That sounds very uncomfortable and unpleasant. :( I hope you get your elecrics back soon.
norwich36
Jan. 7th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
The annoying thing is, everyone in my neighborhood has power restored except me and the house behind me. A huge tree branch get ensnared in the wires Friday morning, which I reported immediately since it's a hazard, and they're *supposed* to confront hazards right away, but still no power. :-(

I'm getting used to it, I guess, but I really hope it gets resolved soon.
bop_radar
Jan. 7th, 2008 08:33 am (UTC)
Eep! This is no good. You should definitely complain. :(
bagheera_san
Jan. 6th, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
In my experience, jelly can last ages without refrigerating, and even if it gets mouldy a) you'll notice and b) it won't kill you if you don't. I'd be more careful with salsa etc. Also, do you have a balcony/window sills (and is it cold where you are?) Then putting things outside might be a temporary solution.
norwich36
Jan. 7th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
Thanks for the advice! I did think I had heard once that because of the high sugar content jelly actually could last quite a while outside the refrigerator.

At the moment daytime highs here are actually warmer than it is in my house; the high today was 55F (about 12.7 C) and in my house it was 48F (about 8.8 C).
random_serious
Jan. 6th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
So I've been without power at home for about 36 hours now

Wow, that is a really long time. I hope something can be done soon about it. In the mean time, try and stay safe.
norwich36
Jan. 7th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
Thanks, sweetie! (Unfortunately I am now over 48 hours without power, but I am hoping they will fix things soon.)
slinkling
Jan. 6th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
Yipe! I'm so sorry. Though, yay you for recognizing the bright sides, and they do sound like significant bright sides indeed. I will keep my fingers crossed that your power is returned speedily -- and that hot sex and breathtaking insights will come along with it.
norwich36
Jan. 7th, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)
Hee hee hee hee. I think the hot sex is unlikely to come (unless I strike up a romance with the repair guy?), but thanks for your good wishes.
falzalot
Jan. 6th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
One of the advantages of doing SCA is that I've got enough stuff around to survive just fine if the power did go out for a few days.

But we lucked out, and the power's fine over here. If you're near a BART station I can offer you a hot shower. :->
norwich36
Jan. 7th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
Oh, that's so sweet of you to offer! I'm a few hours north of SF, unfortunately, but I appreciate the thought.
falzalot
Jan. 7th, 2008 01:57 am (UTC)
Well, there's power out from Santa Cruz pretty much all the way up the coast, including several large blocks in the Bay Area, so it was worth a try. :->

Here's hoping the power gets fixed soon!
christirose
Jan. 7th, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)
For future reference, you want the fridge to stay below 40° F and the freezer to stay below 0° F and blackouts are a good excuse to have fridge/freezer thermometers in hand. I dunno how I could feel secure about my fridge without those thermometers stuck in there. Even when there’s power, the thermometers in there are good for temperature and energy management — I want to keep the sections just below the high limits of 0° and 40° but I don’t want to spend more energy than I have to.

As for blackouts, immediately transfer the all the ice in the freezer into a container in the fridge and that will help maintain that lower temperature. Once you find grocery stores in your area that are open and able to sell ice, buy ice as needed to keep the fridge cold.

Hope this helps for the future and stay warm, *hugs*
norwich36
Jan. 20th, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)
Sorry for the late reply! I don't remember getting the comment notification for this. But thanks for the tips.
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