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August 6, 2005

A Power Outage and I'm Worried About My Kids.

By: The Dude on the Right
So I get back from seeing "The Dukes of Hazzard," get near my garage door in the dude-mobile, keep pressing the button so that the door would magically open, and nothing happens. Keep pressing. Nothing happens. Keep pressing. Nothing happens. Then my neighbor yells across the way that the power is out. I hoped the battery was dead in the little transmitter thingy, but fine, I can do some writing on my laptop, even though I can’t connect to the internet, and then I remembered something I haven’t done yet that I keep telling myself I’m going to do – get a battery back-up power supply. No, not for my computer, I already have one for that. I’m talking about getting one for my kids, I mean, my fish. It’s bad enough that the temperature is rising, and Steve, Ashley, and Bill, well, they can deal with that to a point, but the real problem is that the filters stop filtering, if it was cold the heater stops heating (although I've read you shouldn't really plug one into a power supply), but now, especially with the filtering thing, bad things are getting the chance to totally foul my fish tank, even to the point of making it toxic enough to kill my kids. As of my writing this, the power’s been out for about half an hour, but if it keeps going any longer I might have to yank my computer power supply out of the wall and hope there’s some juice left in its batteries to at least run my canister filter for awhile. Worst case scenario, I’m off to my Home Depot to by a small portable generator and run some power cords to keep the kids happy. Here’s hoping ComEd can get this taken care of quickly, because as quaint as a power outing can be sometimes, on a hot August day, I just hope my kids can weather the storm, and hopefully this time I have learned my lesson and will pick up that battery backup for my kids.

That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

Follow up note... Well, it turns out my UPS for my computer was pretty much useless by the time I tried to see if it would power one of the filters, and time was ticking by. So, for the next hour-ish, I kept calling the electric folks. Low and behold, on my last call, I was told by the nice lady answering the phone that her supervisor informed them that all of Aurora was back up and running. I nicely told her that maybe her supervisor would want to spend her night at my place, and I'll hang out at hers, since I'll bet her air conditioner was working. She nicely chuckled and said she would let her supervisor know power hasn't been restored to all of Aurora, and low and behold, 15 minutes later the power kicked back in, so luckily, you have this blog entry to get you into Sunday and so far the kids, I mean fish, seem okay.

Posted by Rightdude at August 6, 2005 6:55 PM


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