Yesterday around 4:30 the power went out. And stayed out. And stayed out some more. This was a county-wide power outage. It got really hot inside, and was even hotter outside. I was beginning to contemplate jumping in my car and driving back up north, however there was also a very large accident in town that would have prevented me from getting very far very. Not to mention that I really don't have much gas in my car at the moment and I'm not sure if I could make it to the next county northward. It would not have been cool to be stranded on the freeway in the dead of summer (pun intended).
And then, miracle of miracles! But it started to rain. As soon as I realized what was going on, I darted outside and just stood in it (so much for straight hair, but it was totally worth it). I'm pretty sure some more fires were started due to the lightning; you could smell it in the air, the smoke mixed in with the rain. (Needless to say, I did not try catching raindrops in my mouth this time around. That could have tasted rather disgusting and I'm really not much of a person to go around enjoying the taste of ash and/dust.)
Anyway, the power was out for more than 4 hours and made for one heck of a hot evening until the AC really kicked into high gear and cooled the house down. It's sort of hard to sleep when you're dying of heat, especially when you've got a fur coat that has draped himself over your legs and won't budge.
So, today I am most appreciative of the pioneers who lived in this hot house without air conditioner or electricity. I am also most grateful for those wonderful inventors of our time. And for the internet, because it didn't start working again until this morning and I felt rather cut-off from the world all last night.