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The Little Weirdnesses Of Life

There's this weird thing going on in my apartment. Actually, in all the apartments down the block, to hear the ComEd people talk. They said that half the building is blacked out -- but they seem to have meant "half by volume." My apartment is half-blacked out. No, really. The bedroom and the living room have power (hence me typing this), but the kitchen, hall, and bathroom don't. Weirdest blackout I've ever seen. I went out for lunch, because I didn't want to waste cold air opening the fridge, and I may have to buy dinner as well. I haven't even done the grocery shopping because of this.

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frenchpony
Aug. 11th, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)
I've never seen a power outage quite like this before. Some rooms, but not others, in the same apartment. Weird weird weird.

There's AC at work, and AC in the libraries, and box fans at home. It's unpleasant, but one lives through it.
meckinock
Aug. 11th, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC)
You know, when I was a kid we didn't have air conditioning, but then we were living in northern Wisconsin for two of those years, and then once we moved back to Iowa my parents got a window unit for their bedroom when I was about eight. When it got really hot I'd sleep on the floor in their room in my sleeping bag.

I went through Army basic training in South Carolina in July and August, and that's when I discovered the wonders of acclimatization. After a week, I didn't even notice I was hot. I just noticed I sweated about five buckets a day. Having A/C part of the day is the worst thing imaginable. My A/C went out here at the house a month or so ago, and I spent exactly one miserable night without it. God. It made me want to move to Ireland.
frenchpony
Aug. 12th, 2007 01:00 am (UTC)
AC part of the day with nothing for the rest of the day sucks, but AC part of the day with a fan for the rest of the day sucks much less. Turn a fan up high enough, and it's almost like AC. I've also heard that putting a bowl of ice water near a fan makes it perform kind of like AC. I'd test this theory out, except that the electricity in the kitchen is still out and there is no ice.

God. It made me want to move to Ireland.

Are you sure it was the AC problem and not, say, the tempting charms of Dot?
meckinock
Aug. 12th, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
Turn a fan up high enough, and it's almost like AC.

Keep telling yourself that :-)

Are you sure it was the AC problem and not, say, the tempting charms of Dot?

The tempting charms of Dot, the tempting charms of a five time zones away, the tempting charms of anyplace with less than eight million people...let me count the ways...
frenchpony
Aug. 12th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
Keep telling yourself that :-)

Yes, well, self-delusion is the best kind, innit?

The power is back on, for the moment, so the fan is on. Given that it blacked out completely last night and then again for much of this morning, I'm going to wait on doing things like grocery shopping for a while.

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