Last night Thom and I had a romantic evening planned of dinner, wine and then watching Entourage on my computer (which I had downloaded from Itunes). About 4 pm the power went out, came on for just a second, then out again. It did this two more times over the next three hours. Recently, the power outages have been very short — one to three hours — so we weren’t worried about it.
Then it got dark. I said, this is going to be a real drag if this goes on for much longer. (I know, showing my age using the word “drag.”) We didn’t touch our refrigerator because we wanted everything to stay cold. On our observation deck we could see the lights cover three-quarters of Lusaka, and a complete blackout over the whole southeast corner. Oh, and I forgot to mention, yesterday we had the most terrific thunderstorms yet with torrential rain. No doubt the cause of the black out.
We lit a few candles and started up our small lantern but really, they’re not enough to read by. Our computer batteries had long since died because remember, the blackout started at 4 pm and we were sure it would end by sundown.
So, we walked around our house again and again and again as if we were strolling miles in the countryside, admiring the southern star constellations, which are so different from the northern hemisphere constellations. The most famous of the constellations here is the southern cross, easily visible even when we have full power at night.
I know my friend Angie at http://eclecticculturefarm.blogspot.com/ , who moved off-grid two years ago would be shaking her head and calling us wimps, but these outages are really, really getting old. They happen when I’m in the middle of baking bread in our electric oven, they happen when I’ve just had a shower and want to blow-dry my hair, they happen right in the middle of a good book.
Thom and I are going to look into getting a small generator tomorrow. We figure we only need it for our refrigerator, lights in the kitchen, lights in our bedroom and a socket or two for our computers. I am feeling very cranky.