How ironic is it that the power in Salado went out (as the storm came in) on the first day of the new daylight savings time day? We reset all of our clocks only to have to face that chore once again tomorrow. Fortunately it happened soon after the time change so the owner’s manuals that walk us through the complex steps we once accomplished by turning a simple dial are still close at hand! That last statement doesn’t apply to those of you who subscribe to the “duct tape method” of dealing with a clock you can’t reset for daylight savings time and find hopelessly unprogrammable by any human being over 40.
This year daylight savings time is further complicated by the fact that we’re springing ahead three weeks ahead of our usual “springing ahead”. This inevitably led
lead to the ridiculous doomsday predictions about how shifting time would cause our technology to revolt and lead to the total collapse of civilization as we know it and possible annihilation of all humankind.
But wait a minute.
Maybe THAT’S why the power is out. Maybe it’s not about the storm. Maybe I’m living in Jericho? Should I venture out and find other signs of civilization?
I don’t think so. I’d have to climb on top of the car to release the electric garage door, then grab hold of the greasy top part that sticks when opened manually to bend the metal just slightly to clear a bolt in the frame. No, I don’t think I’ll worry about the end of the world until tomorrow – thank you very much, Rhett! (If you don’t get it, add “Gone with the Wind” to your Netflix!)
In the meantime, I’ve been sitting quietly in the dark. It doesn’t happen often and I’m starting to wonder why not? Why not turn off the lights every so often and just sit? Of course, you’d also have to turn off your phone – BOTH land line AND cell. (my battery back-up ion the land line s weak and my cell is low so it’s out in the car recharging.) In the meantime, I’m stripped to my bare necessities. Except that I’m still at 82% on my laptop computer battery! Soon, I’ll have to give this up, too.
Maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe being out of touch is a way to get to know ourselves, to test ourselves, to find new insights. Maybe we don’t have to go on Survivor to see ourselves in a new light, to dream new ideas, to learn to be still.
Well, down to 60%. Gotta save a little juice in case this outtage lasts all night. I may need another technology fix. Then again, maybe a good night’s sleep is in order. I just hope my frozen vegies don’t die a slow death! I guess I could make a huge stew on the stove top propane grill outside.
Wait a minute…power’s back on! It’s 1:30 a.m. and my computer is back up to 79%!
Still…think I’ll call it a night. I’m not living in Jericho. I’m living in an another imperfect world where the lights go out, the internet connections are lost, the music stops and the brain engages in new ways. The juice in the refrigerator (and the computer) is still cool, the vegies still frozen and ready for a hearty stew another day, and the mind is stilled…but still in need of sleep. After all, I’ve got all those clocks to reset again!
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