Passing time with no power.

With power lost yesterday morning at 2:30, I was wide awake – and couldn’t get back to sleep. So I got up.

No power to the TV. No power to the computer.  I did have my iPhone, but I really wasn’t interested in surfing the web. I did use it to access the Entergy ap to see how extensive the outage was – and to file an outage report, even though they already knew our stretch of road had lost power.

It looked like it was going to turn out to be a day for reading. Fortunately, we’ve both got Kindles and mine had books on it I had not yet read.

My Kindle Paperwhte’s charge was pretty low, so I wasn’t sure how long the battery would last. I finished 2 books and was into the third at bedtime without having to charge the device.

I started on one set that includes several apocalyptic novels.  I rather liked the first one in the set, Reaper’s Run: Plague Wars Series, Book 1 so, after we had internet access back later in the day, I “bought” its prequel, The Eden Plague: Plague Wars Series, Book 0:

Not all plagues kill. But there are those with much to lose from the advancement of the human race, and there is nothing more dangerous to the hidden powers of the world than a plague with the ability to improve Mankind through simple human contact.

When veteran combat lifesaver Daniel Markis finds a mystery woman with armed invaders in his home and it all goes sideways, he turns to his brothers in arms to fight back. On the run from the shadowy Company, soon he finds himself in a war for possession of a genetic engineering puzzle that threatens the stability of the world. But who is behind it all – and are they even human?

With power out, it was, after all, a reading day, though I did take a short nap during the afternoon after getting up so early. I finished the second book some time around 7 P.M.

I’m going to continue with this series for a while.

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  • Rummuser Oct 24, 2017

    I use an inverter that takes over whenever there is an outage and it will keep three bedrooms with power fully for eight hours or random connections at need.

    I too use a kindle but also buy paper or hard backs if the price is advantageous. I am not into apocalypse or SciFi books though!
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    • Mike Oct 24, 2017

      We don’t lose power very often. The utility company has been very aggressive at clearing power-line right-of-ways in the last couple of years plus there was an upgrade to the power-line serving our area. Unfortunately, Saturday morning, high straight-line winds took down a tall pine tree outside of the power right-of-way, dropping it across the power-line and the road.

      We’re considering investing in a whole house generator. Given the infrequency of losing power, I’m not sure that it’d really be worth it, considering how much it would cost to have one installed .
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  • Bijoux Oct 25, 2017

    I’ve been known to read a book by flashlight. Fortunately, where we currently live, the power rarely goes out.

    • Mike Oct 25, 2017

      We mainly use our Kindles now, which use black print on a lighted white background. However, we still have book-lights from back when all of our non-computer reading was hard copy. Karen had used hers Saturday morning when it was still dark out to find her way around the house in the dark — we DO have plenty of flashlights and lanterns. A while later, I asked her why she was using the book-light for reading the Kindle.
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