July 21, 2005

Watermelon in the Dark

We had no electricity last night, and I was not in the mood for that.

We think a branch up the street had fallen on a power line, because only a few houses around us lost power.

I was pretty down about the whole thing — I couldn’t do any of the electricity-based things I’d planned to do. We’d rented a DVD which we’d planned to watch together. I had work I could have tackled (momentum from the workday sometimes carries over). And, of course, there was no air conditioning.

Sitting in the humid, oppressive dark, we hoped that the freezer wouldn’t thaw and the food in the fridge wouldn’t spoil. So we avoided opening them, allowing the temperature to remain as steady as possible.

It was pretty miserable, but after some thought I remembered I had half of a watermelon left over in the fridge. I figured I could grab it quick without disturbing things too much. I did, and spent a little while carving it up in the half-dark flash-lit kitchen. Soon, my kids were sitting around the table eating watermelon in the dark at 10PM. It was a huge improvement.

I highly recommend this approach to problems. Of course, you have to think hard and remember that watermelon is in the fridge, because you can’t see it in the dark.

Posted by James at July 21, 2005 7:39 AM
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That's cool! From now on Watermelon goes on my list of stuff to have during a power outage:

Batteries, check
Flashlight, check
Watermelon, ...

Posted by: Chuck S. at July 21, 2005 9:40 AM

Hurricane's a comin'. Got the watermelon? Ayup.

Posted by: briwei at July 21, 2005 10:04 AM

and of course knowing James' predilictions there muct be 5 or 6 hundred flashlights in the Burke household! Must have been lit up light a landing strip!!

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at July 21, 2005 10:05 AM

I was well served by my Princeton Tec dive light. But that thing eats through batteries and is as bright as the sun. So I switched to a lower-powered and mroe efficient Princeton Tec LED light later on.

Maggie and the girls read by candle light, and I just crawled into bed, full of watermelon.

Posted by: James at July 21, 2005 10:21 AM

Must be tough to sleep in a bed full of watermelon.

Posted by: Mike at July 21, 2005 10:35 AM

Surprisingly not, when it's inside your tummy.

Posted by: James at July 21, 2005 10:45 AM

Is your basement finished? If so, you could just zip on down there and call it a night. Air mattress, futon, couch, whatever--just curl up and say good night, Gracie.

Posted by: Patti M. at July 21, 2005 10:52 AM

Our basement is disgusting! No rats yet, but it's the old rock walls that are cemented together, and it does have a concrete floor, but it's full of spiders and sawdust, since that's where I do a lot of my woodworking projects.

It wasn't that bad, actually. I mean, we had a lot of plans involving electricity, and K was just a little too mesmerized by the candle, but the girls like to be read to and just as I was going to bed, at midnight, the power came back on. So I turned the air conditioners on (one at a time, not taking any chances!) and I immediately checked the meat in the freezer and it was still rock-hard, and went to bed.

When I was outside chatting with my neighbors, the woman next door was saying that her 93-year-old mother just had a mastectomy! So if I was feeling hot or sorry for myself, I remembered that next door there was a 93-year-old woman in pain, without electricity, and it was an effective b-slap.

Posted by: Maggie at July 21, 2005 12:46 PM

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