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Electricity is a Wonderful Invention!

Hurricane Irene may not have packed the punch that we all expected but she did manage to punch my power away about midnight on Saturday.

I had hoped that by the time we woke up Sunday power would be back but that was not the case. 

In the end, we finally got back power on Monday afternoon - parts of my neighborhood are still without power and they are estimating that it may not return until Thursday (yikes!).  

I spent most of the day today cleaning out the freezer and throwing away disgraceful amounts of food.

This brief stint without power brought back unpleasant memories (flashbacks actually) of a time when I lived without power for 3.5 months.

On September 12, 1988 Hurricane Gilbert took dead aim at my hometown of Kingston, Jamaica.  By the time the storm was over, Kingston and much of the rest of the island was devastated.  We had damage to our roof but it was intact but we had no telephone (the horror) or power.

The first few days we ate really well as my mom cooked all the great things that had been in the freezer.  After that, we ate only canned foods.  Canned corned beef is a staple Jamaican food that I have not eaten in years because I got my fill during those long months.

We returned to school and had to come home to do our homework quickly or risk having to do it via candle-light.

There were good memories, we played lots of games and had great conversations as a family but it was a very difficult time.

Power was finally restored on Christmas Eve that year.


These hours without power gave me new respect for what my mom must have been going through because I had to cope with no power, figure out what to feed everyone, and deal with my whiny children who were not impressed with what was happening.


The moral of the story:  I need a generator!

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Comment balloon 14 commentsDr. Stacey-Ann Baugh • August 29 2011 09:52PM


We lost power for a few hours... but it was not too bad.  The important thing is that Irene was not as severe as it could have been!  We have been very fortunate.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) about 7 years ago

Hi Stacey-Ann. I am glad you are safe and sound from that storm, Irene. But being without power is no FUN. Perhaps a small generator will help the next time around. I couldn't even imagine going 3.5 months without any electric power.

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, about 7 years ago

I'm glad for you, as well.  As I type this I'm watching CNN and it's hard to imagine myself in one of the towns that have been washed away.  Your mother must have been quite resourceful to last for 3.5 months with children and no power. 

My hat is off to her tonight!

Posted by Christine Hooks, Celebrating 25 Years in Real Estate! (Pino Agency) about 7 years ago

Electricity is a good thing and a backup generator is an even better thing!

Posted by Chandler Real Estate Liz Harris, MBA, #ChandlerRealEstateAgent (Liz Harris Realty) about 7 years ago

We have a generator and are prepared, you must also have gasoline for a generator to run, it takes a lot of preparedness to be ready.  We all forget how it is to be without electricity until we are and nothing works!!!

Posted by Mary Macy, Top Agents Atlanta Metro (Top Agents Atlanta Metro) about 7 years ago

Hi Stacey-Ann...

I'm glad to hear that you finally got your power turned back on.

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Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) about 7 years ago

Northern Tools online is a good source for generators and emergency stuff. FYI our own Bob Hammerstein in NJ is still without power. Look him up on FB and send some love his way...

Posted by Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida (Glasswork Media Arts) about 7 years ago

Stacey Ann,

There is no such thing as "the good old days," before electricity. Glad everything is getting back to normal. Giant here in Crofton lost power and had to throw out any frozen food or food that required refrigeration.


Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 7 years ago

Everything that we have that makes our life easier is dependant on electricity. I live in the south, and the south would be a lot less populated without electricity and air conditioning.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) about 7 years ago

Dr.Stacey I can definitely. While I do have electricity,I have experienced not having no electricity. I lived in Nigeria for five and a half years. There was not a week sometimes day that wont go by that we didn't lose electricity. Those days made me appreciate electricity even more. Oh and I want to congratulate you on passing the 400,000 point mark on Active Rain. You know that you are one of my many favorite Active Rain bloggers. By the way are you coming to any of the Meetups in VA next week? I am going to do my best to try and make one of them.

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) about 7 years ago

I can't even begin to imagine months without power! Anything more than an hour or so gets old very quickly, glad you got it back earlier this week, have a great holiday weekend!

Posted by Diane McDermott, Charlotte NC Real Estate Market (Realtor®, GRI, Landis e2 Real Estate, LLC) about 7 years ago

Stacey-Ann -  while I feel for those hit by the hurricane that suffered a loss of a serious nature I can't help but think how spoiled we are here in North America. ..... 

the happiest people I've ever met had no power, no running water and lived in mud huts

yet they were smiling all the time.

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) about 7 years ago

Glad you got your electricity back...finally!

Hope you can join us.


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Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 7 years ago

Stacey-Ann, I'm glad you got your electric back.  It's amazing how much we rely on it and you're title was perfect:

Electricity is a wonderful invention!  We've not experienced any time without power lately, but the few times that the power has gone out, I think I need a generator too --then it comes back and I forget about it! :-)

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) about 7 years ago

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