Friday, August 24, 2007

Storms in Chicago leave half a million in the dark (and heat)

So, we lost power at 3:38 pm yesterday. And how, you ask do I know exactly what time it was?
Well, in Chicago, unlike anywhere else I have ever been, Jeopardy! comes on at 3:30 instead of 6 or 7. It was the time of the show where Alex talks to the contestants about climbing mountains and backpacking through Europe, except it is the Teen Tournament, so it was all about how the kid at the all boys' school dressed in drag for the High School Musical (which is not actually "High School Musical" because the rights to perform that play are much too expensive for a high school to pay).
Anyway, the power went off during that. It stayed off for 7 hours. We have a sump pump. We went out and bought a small utility pump that can be powered off of the car battery (through an inverter) to keep the basement from flooding (a success!). Fortunately, the power came back before we went to bed, otherwise, one of us would have had to stay up to power the pump (the car needs to be running for this set-up to work...basically turn your car motor into a generator), and it would have been me since I don't work or anything.

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