Friday, August 15, 2003

Blackout 2003

After spending an afternoon and evening without power, I thought I would take the time to post a note to all my friends outside of Ontario. We were without power from three thirty in the afternoon until this morning when I woke up. The province of Ontario is in a state of emergency and so most people are getting an un-planning long weekend.

It did make me realize just how much we depend on power to conducting our daily life. I could not buy anything from the local store as the interact machines did not work and the cash register is electric. I could not get money from the bank machine and I could not pump gas for my car.

I did not want to open my refigerator to let the cold out. This morning in spite of all my good efforts my milkwas sour.

I did not know what time it was - all my clocks are electric.

However it was fun to get together with a few neighbours and sit on the balcony and eat cold snacks and drink warm beer by candle-light. Looking over the city was erie, everything so dark but the stars have never looked so bright.

Neighbours who had a gas BBQ were offering to cook food and a spirit adventure prevailed.

So I learnt a few lessons. Always keep the car full of gas, have some spare cash, keep ice in the freezer and a spare stash of candles. Have a good flash light and spare batteries and keep a sense of humour and adventure.

As far as travelling is concerned, I have no plans at the moment. I am just enjoying summer in Toronto. However come the cold weather - ask me again.

We are having a sale of original art, posters, prionts, books, CDs, and frames to raise money to develop a community theatre in my building. The items for sale will be posted on my website so do check back - who know you may find that perfect gift or treasure

 

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