Some other aspects of a power outage are no big deal to me.
Sometimes, it’s easy for me to forget how much I rely on air conditioning to get a good night’s rest. However, leave it to some problem or another that prevents me from using my A/C to remind me all over again how precious it is to me! In my area, way down south, there are two kinds of weather that are synonymous with summer: blazing heat and excessive humidity and afternoon and evening thunderstorms. There are spans of time throughout the summer where there is at least one thunderstorm in the afternoon or early evening. Last week, one storm in particular that was rather violent and had a lot of lightning striking around town managed to take out a transformer near my home. Apparently, it happened just a few minutes before I pulled into my driveway. In fact, I think I remember hearing a particularly loud lightning strike that probably was the one that did the transformer in. In any case, when I walked through my front door, the residual coolness from the A/C left the house still somewhat comfortable. This did not last, and before long, my house was quite hot. Some other aspects of a power outage are no big deal to me. I have a portable butane stove for just such occasions to cook my meals. I also use them as an opportunity to catch up on reading by candlelight. However, I simply could not sleep that night because of the heat and humidity in my room. Power returned that afternoon, before I came back from work, but even one bad night’s rest means a miserable next day!