Monday, August 27, 2007

Raindrops Kept Falling

Drops schnapps. It was more like sheets, buckets, cats and dogs like…(why cats and dogs by the way??? Never mind, ask and answer some other time). Where was I? Oh yes, buckets, sheets of rain and not just rain. There was wind, lots and very heavy. There was even thunder and lightening, but like the song said…"knock on wood" the damage was limited to 1 full day without power. Thankfully, that day consisted of a late weekday afternoon, overnight and into the next day. By the time I’d returned from work that next day the power had been restored.

I was lucky. Thousands more in my area were without power the entire weekend and well into Monday morning. Many more were flooded and some had damage to automobiles and other property due to fallen trees and flying debris.

D, not the most patient house mate, and I talked about what we might do during an extended outage with regard to frozen, chilled foods and entertainment. It was no surprise to me that we had very different ideas about entertainment options.

I wonder, in this electronic age, how do you amuse yourself, pass the time, cope when you don’t have the creature comfort of electricity for an extended period of time?

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  1. I wonder, in this electronic age, how do you amuse yourself, pass the time, cope when you don’t have the creature comfort of electricity for an extended period of time? Well my dear wonder no more...one word...batteries!!! :-)

    I can also share with you the history behind raining cats and dogs. Back in jolly old England cats and dogs were forced to live in thatched roofs. When it rained the roofs got slick and the animals would fall from the sky thus the phrase "raining cats and dogs."

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  2. When it rained the roofs got slick and the animals would fall from the sky thus the phrase "raining cats and dogs." Well, I'll be dipped in donuts!

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  3. I hope you stay dry and safe..and I read a book by flashlight when the lights are out. If the kids are there, we pick a good story like the Tell-Tale Heart and read it out loud.

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  4. Hmmm, if I were alone I would just light candles, if not, I would be reaching for some skin.

    This site might amuse you:

    http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/raining%20cats%20and%20dogs.html

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  5. read, talk, dance, sing, light candles, enjoy a breeze, swoon in the moonlight, revel in the dawn.
    oh... and drink all the beer before it gets warm.

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  6. I lived in hurricane alley in Florida, which meant frequent power outages. Card games, battery-operated TV/radio, walks, read and like Weese said, drink beer. See, if N lived in your neighborhood I'm sure you could find other, um, activities to pass the time. hehe

    Chapin, thanks for the trivia.

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  7. I always heard that "raining cats and dogs" meant in older times when the roofs were thatched with straw and during the colder months, animals were kept in there. When it rained hard, the animals would fall through the roof into the attic rooms.

    And, we've had record rainfall in August too. The power hasn't gone out, but it's blinked enough to give me pause.

    In an outage, my partner would just sit around eating peanut butter sandwiches and be right as rain. Me? I'd be pestering to go out and eat.....

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  8. "I wonder, in this electronic age, how do you amuse yourself, pass the time, cope when you don’t have the creature comfort of electricity for an extended period of time?"

    There's the obvious answer, but I understand she lives out of state.

    Me, I light candles and consider it a grand adventure. And fret about food spoilage.

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  9. A nap's always good.

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  10. There's always this.

    Hook it up to your car, and you can run a couple of electric things. You need to keep an eye on the car battery, turn on the vehicle and let it run a few minutes every hour to recharge the battery, but it's a great help.

    We've used ours to run the sump pump so we don't get flooded out in the basement...and even the TV and playstation.

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  11. i think it is so cool when power is out. i love to just light candles and sit

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  12. I was in Maine this summer, where four 13-year-old boys were noisily playing a video game and the power went off. The silence from that room was astounding. I rooted around for candles and flashlights so I could read. The boys were speechless -- talk to one another? Are you kidding? I don't think they knew how to hold a conversation. Scary.

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