On Monday the electricity was out for several hours. When I got home from the gym to my dark house, I just busied myself gathering up all the candles, lighting them all, and distributing them in strategic places around the house. Luckily I had a full laptop battery, plenty of gas in the stove tank, and a working phone line for the modem.
Power goes out a lot, but usually only for a few minutes or an hour or so. For it to be out for so long was unusual, so Getnet called around to see what was what. He was informed by the electric company (GOE) that a bird had landed on a wire, broke it, and so our entire neighborhood was without power. No kidding.
Useful factoid: a laptop screen, displaying an all-white page, set at maxium brightness, sheds a lot of light.
Q: how many candles do you need to read a book printed in average type size? (Answer tomorrow)