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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.


Aug. 12th, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
I am glad you have power back, but you reminded me of the strangest power outage I've ever had. I was renting a tiny house out in small town during my residency. I got home after a very long day and stepped in the porch, flicked on the light, nothing happened. Figured the light bulb burned out. Fumbled with keys in the dark, finally got in house, flicked on light.. nothing. I look in the kitchen and I see the light on the microwave on. So I go flick on the kitchen light.. nothing. Bedroom light, nothing. Back bedroom - has light. Bathroom - has light. Kitchen was about half and half... so I flicked on the big old ancient stove - I mean ancient, too.... and every light in the house came on, though at about half power. I turned the stove off, lights go off. Turned the stove on, lights come on.

Needless to say, left the house and went to the neighbors! Called the landlord who called the power company. They came out that night, since this was so odd. They go digging... this house had an old carriage house behind it, with a lower level in the back that opened out on to a small lake. Lots of water and grass, soft dirt. I think they kept horses in there way back when (this place was built in the 1890s). It didn't take them long to discover the problem.

A dead gopher and a partially chewed through cable. I don't fully get it - there are multiple cables in this bundle, but Mr. Gopher zapped himself and then the hotwire touched the other ones, and somehow magic happened and all the power rerouted through the biggest energy draw in the house - the stove.

Very very freaky is all I could say.
Aug. 12th, 2007 09:55 pm (UTC)
What is it with you and burrowing critters. First those poor rabbits you mowed and now this poor gopher. ;-) That really is one heck of a story.
Aug. 12th, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
Hmm. I wonder if we had some kind of critter. Poor little things, chewing through something nice and tasty, perhaps a bit of spice, and then. . . zap! All that's left is for the Death of Rats to show up and say SQUEAK.

Was it an electric stove in your old house? One of the things I love about my apartment is that it has a gas stove. Yes, there's a small chance that it could kill me, but I like the control, and the fact that, even in a blackout, I can still make tea. Because a nice cup of tea makes everything all better.


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