in the dark. that was today. nothing. because, you know that little issue I've been having with money (like getting used to the fact that it takes 30-45 days to get paid for a project, and let's remember what I was doing 45 days ago--does the POOL ring a bell to anyone? yes, those days). Yes, no secret things were slow in August. And picked up after jenna got out of the hospital. And so I think I'm putting this whole Net 30 thing together. Like Net 30 means in about 45 days you get paid, and then, conversely, 45 days after the weeks you had NO work you are, in essence, broke.
Not totally. You know. We have those extra dollars in the bank for the little things. But since you (I'm supposed to say I, or that's what I'm learning in therapy--to OWN my stuff), I don't have enough for the big things. So that gets depressing, so you kind of forget about ALL the big things, and then before you know it, you forget about the really important things: Like ELECTRICITY!
And so at 10 a.m. when Mr. Gas and Electric himself pulls up and cuts you off, and you (in this case, "I") skip out to the driveway with a check, like, "haha silly me...sorry...here you go," and he says "we don't take payment in the field" and you're thinking, this isn't a field, this is my yard, and motherfucker that's my electric hookup you're fiddling with, and I'm going to have to slap you. And then you look eye to eye, and you realize really, it's not his fault. He has to do what he's doing so someone doesn't drive up to his house and disconnect him.
Well, all that is a long way around saying that it's been 12 hours without power today. George took care of it by charming them (that's the look he uses prior to "the glare") or something around 11 a.m., BUT they never got around to coming back and reconnecting us until a little bit ago. It's really late now.
I had the misfortune of being home all day. By myself. I actually enjoyed the quiet. The darkness. And it wasn't long before I was laughing at this house, at me, at the insanity of it. I began thinking I wanted to better understand Socialism.
In the quieter moments, I noticed the odd things. Being without power is like having your house play practical jokes on you all day long.
Hmmm, what should I wear, oh I know--I'll grab my jean skirt, it's back here in the closet somewhere, just let me turn on the closet ligh..... OH YOU silly house you!! There you go tricking me again--we have no lights!
And then you're kind of hungry and you remember NOT to open the refrigerator, because that would let all the cold air out, so you're feeling really smart for remembering that, and so you decide to have a snack and open the microwave to put the microwave popcorn in and oooooooo--there's that crazy house playing a joke on me again. NO microwave. Sheeesh!! Whadda comedian I am!
Ah well. That's okay. I'm just going to go laydown and... oh that's right, I know I can't watch TV, so maybe I'll take a bath instead, probably enough hot water left for that, ahhhh, yes, nice hot water to fill the tub. Just let me bring the phone in here so I don't miss a ca.....ha ha ha you funny bastard--why bring a cordless phone in to the bathroom--it won't RING goofy! fooled again!
All day long it was like that. Playing GOTCHAs with the house. Saving just enough battery life on my computer so I could get email during my client call at 1:00 (on a non-cordless phone--am I getting smart or what?), only to realize that while the computer can run for a short time without electricity, and DSL works fine without electricity, THE ROUTER DOESN'T.
hahaahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaa! snort snort! chuckle chuckle!
Are you laughing with me?
So that was today. 41 years I've managed not to get my power cut off. Oh well. Slapping my head over my own lack of sense, poor time management, and disorganization. Promising myself to begin to get it together TOMORROW!
Thanks for all the b-day wishes for Baby Blogger, by the way. She had a wonderful day yesterday. And Elaine, thank you. The box arrived today, but I'm saving it for tomorrow... you know... since we have LIGHTS now and she'll actually be able to SEE it.
Thank you, and goodnight.
Lights out everyone!