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So like, we have no electricity

Posted: June 05, 2008 in House & Garden

Yesterday was the worst day of the year so far. In the morning, my commuter train was canceled, and the next train takes forever because it stops at every single stop (my usual train skips the smaller stops).

I went outside at lunch, and it was gorgeous, but that didn't last long. We had a killer thunderstorm that screwed up the whole area. All the commuter trains were canceled due to trees across the tracks, so I took the subway, followed by the bus to get home.

When I got home, the power was on, BUT the stupid garage door wouldn't accept my code. It kept flashing the "error" signal. I tried and tried, but nothing. The sky grew very dark, and I could tell another big storm was coming, so I went around back and used my office ID badge to jimmy the screen door latch so I'd have a roof over my head.

It started pouring again, so I spent the next half hour trying to jimmy the french doors into the family room without damaging them. SUCCESS! But the minute I got in, another bright flash of lightning instantly followed by a loud clap of thunder put the power out.

So I did what anyone would do and ordered pizza.

I'm going to have a heck of a mess to clean up this weekend. The lawn was covered with debris from trees, and our Silver Maple out front lost a couple of huge branches off the top. Fortunately they missed the house, but they'll still be a bear to clean. One of them is around 10" around.

This morning, all the commuter trains were still out of service, so it was the subway again. Ugh. Hopefully the power will be restored by tonight before all our food goes bad.

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