We had to call the whole thing off. Well, it was ghastly. Well, it was just ghastly.
It was just after nine o'clock last evening, as I went about catching up on the day's emails and planning to post something for today, when the lights suddenly flickered and the power went off, just for a second or two. I wondered, 'what was that all about, Agnes?' Agnes is my cat but she was in the other room. Once again, the lights flickered, and the power went off - AGAIN. The neighborhood went black. There were no storms, no strong winds - 'what was it?' I asked myself this time since Agnes was clearly ignoring me.
I promptly went to the kitchen and dug out my emergency lanterns, lit a few candles, and once again there was enough light by which to make my way around the house. The very first thing I did was to call the energy company - only to find out that the power would be out until 12:51 tomorrow. I immediately assumed PM - thus believing the power would be out until 12:51 PM today. I was aghast. I was convinced this had all been planned in advance, without benefit of warning the customers. "What an imposition!" I told Agnes.
Oh! Oh! As I went outside to get another lantern, I noticed that the people next door were in their 1950's style 3 season porch which overlooks the Jewish cemetery, with their torches lit - yet when they noticed my torch they immediately extinguished their own - pretending not to be there. Can you imagine? And the mosquitoes were really bad too. I know! What if it had been a medical emergency and my neighbors pretended they didn't see me?
Anyway. The lights came back on at 12:45 AM. Though I was pleased power returned and relieved that I did not have to wait until this afternoon, I'm still a little embarrassed that I forgot there is a 12:51 AM - every day.
Imagine! Of course, one has to stay up late to know that.