I swear I didn’t do it on purpose!
Two weeks ago, I claimed that my writing was interrupted by a power outage caused by a freak August blizzard. I also alluded to the necessity of milking cows on the way home, but I’ll admit that this might not have been the truth.
While I still do not have to milk any cows and my car is still in good working order, I do have to contend with a power outage due to the rare – one might even say freak – occurrence of a hurricane in New York. Very early yesterday morning, falling trees started taking the power lines down. Of the 37,943 residents in my county that are serviced by our power company, 24,097 do not have power. In my town, 4,070 of 5,328 total customers are in the dark – both literally and figuratively, since we still do not have an estimated repair time.
This should really be a lesson to me about the dangers of making up excuses and the power of suggestion. Even Mother Nature couldn’t resist! In fact, I should probably turn it into a lesson for my students as well, just to, you know, spread the wisdom. The next time someone tells me that she can’t turn in a paper because her printer broke, or that he needs extra time because his computer is on the fritz, I should give them the extra time, but then sneak into their homes the day before their next essay is due to break their printers and introduce viruses into their computers, just so they can understand how their false words can turn into reality.
(In case Big Brother is monitoring, I’m totally kidding about the trespassing and destruction of property.)
In the meantime, however, I will continue to sponge an Internet connection and battery recharge from work, from Starbucks, and from friends who still have power, and hope that’s enough to get some good writing and planning done. And I hereby promise to never again joke about freak storms! You read it here first.