Double Whammy

You may have noticed that I haven’t been around most of the day. Or maybe you didn’t notice, and hey, that’s okay. Don’t beat yourself up if you didn’t miss me.

It’s Thursday night at around 10:45 pm. I’m in my bedroom, laying in bed. The only light is coming from my iPhone and I’m connected to WordPress via cellular rather than WiFi. That’s because our power is out. For the second time today.

The first outage occurred just before noon and lasted for about three hours. My wife and I were watching the January 6th hearings when the TV shut off. It took a few seconds for our whole house generator to kick in and the power was restored. For a about ten minutes, anyway.

Then the generator sputtered and died. I went out, lifted open the top of the generator, and saw this across the small LCD screen:

My first phone call was to the company that installed the generator in the fall of 2020. It’s now out of business. Next I called the customer service line of the generator’s manufacturer. The woman I spoke to gave me the names and phone numbers of authorized service providers in my area. I finally connected with the fourth one I called, but he couldn’t come over today and said he’d call me back first thing tomorrow morning.

Fortunately, by the time I got off the phone with him, our electricity had come back on.

Tonight, my wife and I were binge-watching “Bosch: Legacy” on Prime Video when the power when off. Again. And it’s still out. So we took our dog out for her last walk of the day, came back to our pitch black house, and decided to just hit the sack.

All I can say is it’s a good thing today was a lot cooler than it had been earlier in the week and that tonight it’s dipping down to the low 50s. Hopefully our power will be restored sometime during the night.

But my god, it’s only June and we’ve lost power twice just today. At this rate, it could be a very long, hot summer.

FOWC with Fandango — Generous


It’s June 16, 2022. Welcome to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “generous.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. Show them some love.