What to do When the Lights go out

I know many people seem to think that it rains a lot where they live, but let me tell every single one of you that you’re probably wrong unless you live in one of a handful of cities. Houston is one of those cities.

It’s rained each of the last ten days (or nine?) and yesterday was the worst storm in at least two years that I can remember. My car was parked in the street and when I went out to move it the water was almost up to my knees. But not quite inside the car yet. Thankfully, it’s brand new with less than 5000 miles on it. Anyway, as a result of the heavy rainfall, which is also expected tonight, the power went out. And stayed out. Which left me with a dead phone and wet clothes with nothing to do.

I should have read by candlelight! But I didn’t. I just sat on the sofa until about 11:00 and then fell asleep earlier than I have in months. No reading. Or anything. I had an alarm to wake up to because I happened to charge my iPod a few days ago for no reason. Go, me.

Anyway, I wish I’d have thought to read a little last night. Just because there was nothing better to do in the darkness. What do you do when the power goes out?

PS: Sorry for the late post! I had no power! But I’ve posted everyday since January 18, I refuse to let the streak end because of a stupid thunderstorm.

On this day in 2014 I published Where the Magic Happens.


12 thoughts on “What to do When the Lights go out

  1. I grew up in Houston in the 50s and early 60s. I can remember one summer when it rained for about thirteen days. I must have been driving my parents crazy because they shipped me off to the grandparents.


  2. It depends on if I have a flashlight or candles, and how late it is. I’ll read if I have the alternative light resources to do so. I never use my phone when the power goes out so I can save all its juice for a morning alarm. And I put it on airplane mode to save power.
    So… reading is most likely. Sleeping is second. That’s about it.


    • We had this ridiculously bright flashlight and candles. I had the light. I just didn’t feel like reading in the moment. My phone died at midnight but I figured the power would be back on when I woke up. Wrong.

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