We Take So Much for Granted!

On Friday night we lost power.  We all lost power.  The entire island of Oahu was without power!  No lights, no air conditioners, no hot water, no traffic lights, no stores, no televisions — you get the picture.  Even the surviving radio stations fell off the air a couple of times.

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Poor HECO (Hawaiian Electric Company), they were up and at it all night long.  There were a few strokes of lightening that seemed a little too close for comfort and we’re thinking may have actually hit some power lines.  That part, i.e. the cause, is still under investigation.  Apparently, our power system is set up to shut itself down to protect the system from frying when something goes wrong.  We all have to admit, it’s a lot better to be off line for a few hours than for a few days!  Ugh! 

Some places were back up and functioning in nine hours or less but it wasn’t until seventeen hours later that we had power back in our building.  There were still “pockets” of people without power. Two garbage bags of now-dangerous-to-eat groceries went out in the trash.  Thank goodness for Costco — at least we can replace our damaged goods relatively easily.  The financial part is not always so easy.   

Roughing it can be fun but it does get old rather quickly.  I had forgotten how a cold shower feels!  Brrrrr!  But, the house was kind of hot so it was okay.  Of course I then ended up outside in the rain right after that and the wind was nippy. 

After getting the call from home that our power was back on, I did see a HECO truck, one of many, driving around and my heart went out to them.  They looked so tired.  I waved and they waved back.  Albeit not a very safe job, it was probably still preferable to being one of the HECO operators taking phone calls from angry people still without power.

All of that being said, we had good company!  Our darling President-elect was with us for the party.  Relax, the Obama family was just fine.  They ended up with two generators and, I’ll wager, a lot of soggy reporters. 

I had to laugh at the CBS News’ coverage of  the paparazzi media —  Barack and the kids actually managed to run away from them!  Naughty, naughty. I shouldn’t laugh I suppose but I just can’t help it!  🙂  While CBS covered the Obamas, the Associated Press covered our power story quickly and summed it up quite nicely. 

We’re okay now, except HECO has to find and define the cause. But, let’s talk about natural energy, shall we?   Of course, we had very little sun and not very much wind either.  You can’t store Mother Nature can you?  Did I mention that we take so much for granted?

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bobby Revell // Dec 29, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    Hi Evelyn! It’s so easy to forget how nice electricity and many other modern conveniences really are until you don’t have them–even a short time without them is a reminder to be thankful for what you do have in life. I’m thankful I have the basic ability to breathe and be healthy, to simply be alive. I can live without modern technology if I have to.

    Have a great week! 🙂

  • 2 Evelyn // Dec 29, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    It’s amazing, Bobby, how many times I turned on the light switches around the house even though I knew we had no power. It was an automatic response to poor visibility. I did have to be sure to turn them all off again so we didn’t end up with another power surge just in our home alone! 🙂

    You’re right, we could survive if we had to. We just don’t want to give up the convenience of all the things we have become so accustomed to having. We’re such spoiled brats! Well, I am.

  • 3 Keahi Pelayo // Dec 30, 2008 at 7:30 am

    It was a nice inconvenience. It made our family spend some very good quality time together.

  • 4 Melissa Donovan // Dec 30, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    I always get excited when the power first goes out – it puts me in the mood for telling ghost stories and playing hide-and-seek like a little kid. But after an hour or two, I want my electricity back! Bobby’s right, when you lose power, it’s a definite reminder to appreciate it.

  • 5 Evelyn // Dec 30, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Hey Melissa! Thank you for stopping by and sharing your fun stuff! It is fun at first — I just want hot water when I wake up the next morning. 🙂

  • 6 Evelyn // Dec 30, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    How are you doing, Keahi? You know, that is a very valid point. No television, limited radio — that means you’ve got to talk to each other! We don’t seem to do enough of that these days.

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