Thursday, September 07, 2006


My electricity just came back on 20 minutes ago after being off for two hours.

Was there a storm? No.

Was it raining in my neighborhood at all? No.

Were there strong winds? No.

Was it so hot today that everyone was running their AC at full blast and the power grid got overloaded? No.

Do I have any effing clue why my power went off for two hours in the middle of the afternoon on a calm, mild, sunny autumn day? Did Ameren give me any information whatsoever about why the electricity was off when I called them?


Did I mention this is the second time my electricity has gone off in the past five days? No. Because I am getting so used to my electricity going off for more than an hour at least once EVERY WEEK that it hardly even seems like a bloggable event anymore.


Oh, that's right-- when my stupid lease ends in January. Assuming I have managed to pull something like $2,000 in closing costs and $5,000 in down payment out of my, um, hat by then.



Andrea said...

Dude, you gotta get outta there. This isn't the early 1900s, when electricity was unreliable a lot of the time. I'd be afraid of an electrical short of some kind.

I'd love to help you out with the scratch, but, you see, um, I could sorta use some myself. 11 year old car and all that jazz.

Jaelithe said...

Yeah, if this were the 1900s, I would be stoked to have electricity at all. If this were the 1900s, my apartment would not have been designed with windows on only one outer wall (which means it's pitch black in half my home at midday without artificial light), an electric water heater, an electric stove, and no fireplace . . .

Some day I will build my own house, and it will be built entirely of energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly materials, and it will have top-notch wiring, and it will have windows in every room, and it will have a woodburning stove. And solar panels. And a generator. And a well.

Rebecca said...

That is unbelievable. Maybe you shouold invest in some solar lights, so that you have a back up.

Jaelithe said...

Well, the thing is, if I break my lease, I am required by law to pay the remainder of my rent anyway. And because I live in a large apartment in a nice neighborhood, my rent is in roughly the same range as a mortgage payment on a small house. We probably are going to try to move out at least a month early, so we have time to try again in case closing falls through on a new home. But we can't really afford to pay rent and mortgage together for several months, unfortunately, not on top of a decent down payment, unless I suddenly sell a novel or something.

So far all I've invested in is a big fancy cooler to take my food to a place with electricity should the power go out for several days, flashlights in several sizes, a battery-operated radio that picks up TV stations, powdered milk, and lots and lots of candles. On the upside, my house smells like a candle store all the time now. Heh.

Raquita said...

you know you could possibly get up on a loan that doesn't require quite so much down i got into this one with 3600 down and zero on the closing costs. You got an agent and a loan officer yet? let me know, I know people who can work miricles.