Thursday, July 28, 2005

Adventures in Darkness

We had quite a night on Tuesday.

11:15pm Annie and I head to our attic rooms in our not-ACed house.

12:15am I pack up a sheet, pillows, my cell phone (alarm), and head down to the living room for the 5 degree difference.
12:16am return upstairs to unplug little fan and bring it with me.
12:17am return upstairs to retrieve big fan and bring it with me.
12:18am settle on the floor of the living room in between the 2 fans.

12:20 am, yelp at the sudden presence of another. Annie laughs and says she didn't know I was down here too. We both attempt to fall asleep.

2:45am I wake up to, "Omigosh I'm gonna die!"
What happened?
The power went off!
Aha. So that's why there's an eerie silence, betraying that our fans, our only source of comfort and solace, and evaporation, are indeed off. Okaaaay...
2:48am Relocate once again to the entryway downstairs. Home to 2 bikes, a keg that still hasn't been returned from the JPII Ball (see May 2005!), and our mail.
2:50am Joined by Bayou, "It's so dang hot!" She sits near the top of the stairs. I'm near the bottom. Annie rolls out a sleeping bag and lays on the floor. We review our options:
We could go outside on the porch.
There's a guy out there waiting for the bus, and we're not wearing much.
We could go sit in my car and turn on the AC, but I don't have much gas.
I don't really trust the neighborhood to do that.
What's open 24 hours?
But we'd have to just stand around.
Isn't there a diner in college park?
We could wake Theresa and ask to sleep on her floor (w/AC).
We could go to A's sister's or my friend's.
3:30am Let's pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet.
3:34am Yep, the power is back on.
Thanks Jesus! Thanks Sr. Faustina! Why didn't we think of that sooner?


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