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I’m rural. Power outages are a way of life. A few years back, we got almost eleven feet of snow in two days. Our power was out for almost two weeks. We have a gasoline-powered generator, but it has its limits. (Namely, it runs out of gas, and we didn’t have enough on hand to keep it running until we could get out to the gas station.) Thankfully, our house has three fireplaces and we had plenty of wood in the woodshed, so the house stayed warm enough that we didn’t freeze, once we sent the teenage guys out to dig a path to the shed. The water heater is electric, though, so once we were out of gas for the generator, we had to take makeshift baths in water heated by the fireplaces. It was like being Amish. On the plus side, since it was winter and there was a ton of snow, we could empty the fridge/freezer and bury everything in snow to keep it cold/frozen, so we didn’t lose any food. You just had to remember where you buried the milk…and hope that you didn’t get more snow overnight so that you didn’t have to dig through a couple more feet to find it. And we did a lot of grilling, since the grill is on a protected porch and we had plenty of propane on hand for it. Unfortunately, we get far more winter outages than summer outages, due to snow. (We live at almost 9000 feet up in the Rockies, so snow is normal, although eleven feet of it in two days was a bit unusual. )

I get them all the time, even when the weather seems to be fine. Our line runs across some hills into the next county for some bizarre reason, so whenever the power’s out it’s always just my road. I live four houses from the end of the road and the next road always has power because they’re on a different line, the same goes for the rest of the village. It’s so frustrating to know that people that close have power and you don’t! Usually when the power goes out we drive around the area seeing who else has power for entertainment . I have to admit they aren’t as bad as they used to be (touch wood). I remember them being much more frequent when I was younger. Had a three day one once, you get pretty sick of not being able to cook and having to eat out.

I don’t find them that boring, although it is frustrating not having internet. Even though I have wireless internet, the router stops working because that runs off the mains. Usually I just read, but my father always just goes straight to bed when the power goes out in the evening, saying he’s bored!

I don’t find them that boring, although it is frustrating not having internet. Even though I have wireless internet, the router stops working because that runs off the mains. Usually I just read, but my father always just goes straight to bed when the power goes out in the evening, saying he’s bored!

I agree with you that there’s plenty to do without tv or internet. A power outage is ok when it’s the occasional day; it’s when it goes into day 4, 5, 6 and counting that it begins to wear on you. One particularly bad storm caused me to feel intensely isolated. I had no phone or cell. I had a gas fireplace, but it in order to provide warmth, it needed to be left on and I was only comfortable with that if I was at home to keep an eye on it. My boyfriend needed to watch things like pipes at his home. I was huddling close to the fire for light and warmth on day 5, without anyone to talk to and it got dark early, around 3:30. Candles and the few flashlights I had barely pushed back the darkness. I gained a new appreciation for the infrastructure and the social structure of older pre-electric societies.

Well, where I live, we once had a what they call a "complete blackout" throughout the whole country. The problems was that many people started migrating, thus causing an overload on the electricity supplies available which lead to these constant blackouts. On the day of the "great blackout", our house was one of the few houses that still had electricity, no generator was used. However, the gov finally decided that they should build another power plant to rectify the effect and things are great, well, for now.

After some time, at school, we were having some free time and were chatting with our teacher, he mentioned the "great blackout" and stated that they "say" it "was" a "great blackout", but it wasn’t because in some areas, they still had electricity. Apparently he was right, because we didn’t have a power out.

Anyway, until this day, we still have some power out’s. At first, when we just moved to our current house a few years ago, we had several power out’s because the area we are in is new, and few houses were available at that moment, so the there were not many power plants around here, so anything we did, like turning the mains for the computer on while the TV was working could simply shutdown the electricity. But that has been fixed.

We had a partial blackout when, during the winter, it was raining and windy, one of the tree branches knocked over one of the fence light, exposing the wires, the water reached the wires, so, then, all mains downstairs were not working. OH NOES! NO TV!

There were probably more but I can’t remember, and any current power out’s are usually due to some maintenance. The Ministry usually hands out warnings during the day about that the electricity will be cut out for a few hours for maintenance purposes.

Power was out this afternoon. Due to heat, we kept the house closed, only going out to walk the dogs. We had sunlight at the hour and read books by the window. We talked more than usual, and enjoyed the quiet. A few flashlights and some candles kept us until 9 PM or so.

It seems ice cuts the power llines more often than snow. Here is no different. The trees hang low, the ground is coated. the lights go out. We had one week without power once, had to leave the house. Some power lines had fell in a nearby field. It was impossible to repair until flood water and ice cleared the field.

I also saw electricity out once in a foreign nation. We noticed the street was dark approaching a village. When we arrived at the village gate, there was a huge orange glow and cloud of smoke from the building next to the gate. The fire had cut the power, so we waited until we could get inside. I didn’t know where to go, since it wasn’t my home place, but we found a place to hangout until we could get into our home.