Posted 07-09-2003 at 19:18:45
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There's not a worse feeling in the world as far as I'm concerned, than going to sleep in a nice cool, almost cold house, all snuggled under a comforter, with a fan blowing full blast on you, and then waking up under the same comforter all sticky and sweaty, not really sure how long you have been baking under that layer of batting, no fan, no sound, and the sun poking you in the eye like it has nothing better to do, and then the awful realization hits you. The power is off. Again!
I don't wake up well anyway, it usually takes about fifteen minutes before I make any sense at all, so I stumbled into the kitchen, stubbornly following my routine, and punched the power button on the computer to fire it up.
As I stood there staring stupidly at the little circle where the green 'on' button was supposed to light up, it never occured to me that with the power off, as it so obviously was, that the computer might not work, so I pushed it about six more times before my brain finally kicked in and reminded me that the hampsters were on strike.
I picked up the phone to call the power company, (I know the number by heart and it is the one thing that will come to my fuzzy brain when nothing else will) and the power guy picked up. I call him the power guy because around here the power seems to go off at just about the same time, every time, and I always seem to get the same guy when I call.
"Blah blah blah maintenence, can I help you?" Ah yes, that familiar voice.
"Yes, my fan's not...I mean....there's no....no power...no electricity."
"Let me guess, just got up did you?"
"Ha ha ha" with no enthusiasm, "yeah, how could you tell?"
"You sound just like my wife....." then a sudden intake of breath. "IS this my wife??"
"No...no, this is not your wife, YOUR frozen foods are safe. When is the power going to be back on?"
"You on E Main?"
"Well... we're hoping for some time around three."
I gave that about fifteen seconds to sink in and then the tantrum started. I was actually jumping up and down, and whining.
"You are NOT telling me that! Please tell me that I am not going to be without power ALL DAY!" Bounce bounce bounce, dishes rattling in the cabinet, grasping the remote, still not willing to believe that it was useless to me until almost supper time.
These horrible thoughts went through my mind of spending a day with no a/c and no t v and no internet, and last but not least, being on a well, no water. I was working myself up for a major tizzy. I opened my mouth to really heap it on the power guy when all of a sudden he said...
"three, two, one....."
There was two or three seconds of nothing, and then the world around me grew bright and the television came on tuned to channel eight news and I started jumping up and down out of sheer joy this time.
"It's on..... isn't it?" He asked, chuckling.
"Yes, and it's WONDERFUL! Thank you so much!"
"Sorry about that little joke there, heh heh, I kinda couldn't resist. They just told me that they had the problem fixed and that it should be on any second. It was just pure luck that it came on at that exact moment, heh heh heh."
"Yes you are a very funny guy. Ha ha. But I don't care because I have P O W E R!" I mashed the volume button on the remote just because I could, punched the power button on the computer and sighed, and decided not to hold a grudge against the man. After all, he is the power guy, he brings good things to life.