Come on, sky.
Give me a blizzard.
But it never happens. We didn't have a snow day for the entire winter last year. They tell me it's been too cold, and it doesn't actually snow enough. It's too bad. snow days were always fun when we got the day off school, and they're still fun when you get the day off work.
Instead, we get beautiful skies and a lot of strong winds.
Oh well, I can do the dishes by candle light.
Wait, I think we use electricity to pump out the water and keep it heated.
Maybe we should save the water and not do the dishes.
Maybe I can heat up some dinner.
Wait, I can't heat up dinner.
Wait, we can't keep anything heated at all. Are we going to freeze to death?
I should call someone to ask them what they do to stay warm.
Oh right, the cordless phone needs electricity to work.
I should look this up on the Internet.
Wait, the modem won't work.
I suppose I can just read to pass the time.
It's too dark too read, since the sun is already setting.
I should light some candles.
Where are the candles?
Luckily, the power wasn't out for too long. Soon enough, we had electricity again. The black-out seemed to cause all sorts of chaos with the clocks and electric appliances throughout town though. Some people complain that their computers, phones, and modems were on the blink. The clocks are all wrong, even after fixing them. It's all very odd.
Ever since moving up here, even before the power outage, I've noticed the curious phenomenon of the clocks. They're all wrong. They all follow their own time. Even when you set them again, after a while, all the clocks in the house go back to following their own time, with several minutes' differences. I have no idea what. My friend theorized that it's because we're so close to the magnetic north pole, and it's got all the clocks bent all whack. I don't understand this theory.
I have another friend who says it's because the entire town runs on dirty diesel power, which is not constant and often goes out in these fits of surges that result on a power supply that is not totally steady. I don't understand this either, but it seems more likely, perhaps.
Either way, it's a little odd, slipping into my office, noting that my desk phone reads 8:55, my laptop reads 9:02, while my watch says 9:03. I never thought that I would be Googling "what time is it" so often.
the ocean, freezing over