Ice Storm Refugee

By: Tim Coles
By: Tim Coles

Day three with no power at home and I still can’t complain. Being a guy who has the “glass is half full” attitude, the only thing I can say is that this could be worse. My family and I are fortunate in that we have family who still has power so we have been living like refugees moving from place to place. In the past we would go out to eat and leave as soon as we were done, now that we are refugees we linger as long as possible.

 Day three with no power at home and I still can’t complain.  Being a guy who has the “glass is half full” attitude, the only thing I can say is that this could be worse.  My family and I are fortunate in that we have family who still has power so we have been living like refugees moving from place to place.  In the past we would go out to eat and leave as soon as we were done, now that we are refugees we linger as long as possible.   I have walked up and down all the aisles of Lowes, not because I needed anything but because I wanted to stay warm.  Looking at others wondering the aisles I can tell they were there for the same reason.  Our local KFC ran out of chicken the other night.  If this is as tough as my life gets, I live a treasured life.  

   The one big lesson I have learned is that life without electricity sucks.  I have taken electricity for granted; its times like these that make me appreciate how important electricity is.  Having to entertain myself without some type of electronic device isn’t easy.  The hardest part is changing long standing habits like working on the internet while watching television.  What do we do to pass the time?  My son and I had the hardest time adapting to life without some type of electronic device.  The first hour or so after the power went out Jack and I looked like junkies going through withdrawal.  I developed a little eye tick that is slowly going away now that I have been in the office.  Poor Jack is getting his fix through his PSP.  We don’t feed him any soda because it will only enhance the effects of electronic withdrawal.   

  Since my house is all electric nothing works except for the water.  We have gas logs and my wife made a budgetary decision last summer to shut the gas off to save $216 a year.  At the time it seemed like a good idea and I didn’t argue the point except to tell her I thought we should keep it in case we lost our heater during the winter.  Today it shows it was a bad idea to turn it off, and I don’t want to say I look like a genius, but……..  I hope she doesn’t read this BLOG.

  Here are the things that I miss since we lost our electricity:

Heat
Light
Hot water
HD TV
The ability to Charge my phone(s)
Hot Coffee
Internet Access*
Wii – to keep the kids entertained
Garage Door automatically opening 

*I did use my AT&T wireless data card with limited success.  The data connections were slow because everyone else was doing the same thing.  Also, a relative sent me a 19meg file which takes forever to download when I am on the AT& T Edge network instead of the 3G network.  I was so desperate that I loaded up and went to Starbucks, 30 minutes away, to get internet access and to charge my laptop.   

My thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been affected by this storm.  I want to thank all of the workers at Touchstone Energy Cooperative, Kentucky Utilities and the others power companies who are working long hours to get everyone’s power going again.  I appreciate all of their efforts along with all the under paid police and fire personnel. 

For all you ice storm refugees tell us how you stayed warm and entertained yourself.

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