posted on Jul, 5 2012 @ 01:04 PM
Originally posted by Skada
reply to post by ManFromEurope
7 days is nothing. I spent 2.5 weeks without electricity, hurricane Ike.
My wife and I have been without power a week at a time before, once an ice storm in Northern Indiana and once for hurricane Charlie in S/W Florida.
After the hurricane there was mass destruction, all power and internet and phones were down. Cell phones worked for maybe 2.5 days until the batteries
running the towers ran out, then nothing. We'd go to sleep in the sweltering heat listening to the sounds of generators running (we didn't have one)
and wake up to the sounds of absolute silence.
Ice was hard to find, purchases were cash only, gas stations were running dry, I waited in line to buy some only to be turned away when they ran
A friend worked at a theater and he unlocked it for us so we could get buckets of ice before it melted.
There was often a sense of camaraderie and in many neighborhoods people would pool food with those who had a generator and could keep a fridge
running. Neighborhood cookouts were the thing to do. Cook it or waste it.
We all learned how expensive it is to replace every single condiment you own all at once.
I would go to work and charge batteries there, the owners had a large generator that kept the business running and eventually power came on there.
Our infant daughter was in danger of overheating so we simply let her sit in a large tub of water out on the front porch, we all sat around on lawn
chairs chatting with friends and sweating.
Still have a picture of that, looking back on it the memories are somewhat fond, at the time it was 85% misery and 15% insanity.
The ice storm is a story for another day, we were newlyweds at the time and all I remember was enjoying staying warm at night in front of the