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The power went out in my neighborhood. This is unusual because we are on the same grid as the military base and FEMA. I had just gotten out of the shower and sat down to the computer when everything stopped.

I took a moment to listen to the silence. Really listen. The world is an amazing place when technology is silent.

Then I when into survival mode.

Rule 1: Get dressed. Girls in skivvies die when the power goes out.

Rule 2: Sensible shoes. You don't know what you'll need to run away from or to.

Rule 3: Know where your weapons are. I've got a baseball bat right there for this sort of thing.

Rule 4: Know where your exits are. It's my house. I know the exits but if I weren't at home, this would be vital.

Rule 5: Gather information. In this case, find out if the neighborhood is out of power or just me. It was the neighborhood.

Rule 6: Twitter. C'mon, why wouldn't you twitter about a power outage on your smart phone? Or text or any of that. My husband knew immediately when the power went out and I pinged some friends down the street, too.

The power was out for 20 minutes or so. Just long enough to disrupt my day and put me off schedule. However, I'm dressed, in sensible shoes, aware of my weapons and exits, and fending off bad jokes on Twitter.

Not so bad, really.



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Jun. 23rd, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
Odd, our power was just off for like 3 hours. Must be a day for it.
Jun. 24th, 2011 06:44 am (UTC)
And I just want to reiterate, again, how BAD-ASS and awesome you are :)
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