Snowtober Stole My Tech
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I am typing this post from my 52 degree living room. My
laptop has a four hour charge and the fireplace is roaring so it’s just warm
enough to type without my fingers falling off. Turn on the heat, you say? I
wish! I am suffering the fallout of Snowtober, a cute name for a major
nuisance. It’s what happens when a foot of heavy, wet snow falls early in the
season before the leaves have dropped from the trees. It piles on those pretty
leaves until limbs and even whole trees snap, taking power lines with them as
they crash to the ground.
and it all looked pretty. I had a fully charged cell phone to check Facebook and
twitter and I could even keep track of the progress my utility company was making to get it all put back together again. We were one big happy family, all slightly chilled and without power, but
safe and sound. After a few hours, though, we decided it was time to venture out for a warm meal
and melt the cold from our bones.
lights. None of the lights were working and everyone, I mean everyone, was trying to get to someplace
warm. You have not truly lived until
you’ve tried to make it through a four-way intersection, with multiple turning lanes, along with a small, cranky mob of your fellow citizens. I don’t care how many
lights turn red and make me late anymore, so long as they work.
was at the one open grocery store, where I managed to snag a few precious pieces of
wood to warm the house. I got in a huge line,
only to get to the front and see that their credit card machines were not
working. I never have cash and
apparently neither does anyone else so we all stood there scrambling for good
old fashioned paper money. I was lucky
to find enough to make my purchase with a few dollars and an embarrassing
amount of change. The next time I have to swipe my card twice, I will do so happily and count myself lucky not to be scavenging for change.
cable, I do have a few shows that I watch on Hulu, Netflix and the like through our Xbox. That first night, when it got
dark, all I had was my half charged Nook and an iPhone with a quickly depleting
battery. I kept thinking of the shows
I’d planned to watch that were trapped, stuck out there in the land of light
and heat, just out of my reach. I will never again complain when my
Xbox updates and makes me wait to see my favorite show, so long as it works.