We did lose power in the early morning. I think it was about 3:00 AM. I was just ready to go to sleep, so I didn’t mind much. It wasn’t too hot, so I didn’t need a fan or air conditioning. The thing is, I have an adjustable bed that’s powered by electricity and I had the head and feet elevated some. I had to sleep that way, since there was no way to flatten it out again. I woke up at about 7:00 and there was still no power, so I went back to sleep until about 9:00. Since there was STILL no power, I decided I’d call Progress Energy. I’m sure thousands of other people had called as well, but who could be sure? We all know about bystander apathy, and I think that extends to reporting power outages as well. The recorded message told me that there was no way to say for sure when the power would be restored, but that they were working on it. They let me know that I was not alone in my suffering. Approximately 55,000 other Progress Energy customers were also without power. I went back to sleep and stayed in bed until 1:00 in the afternoon. The power was back on by 10 or 11, I think, at which time I used it to flatten the bed out so I could have a few hours of proper sleep.
The big storm Hannah is passing through. We’re not expecting much more than 35 mph gusts and lots of rain. I forgot to bring in the stuff from the yard that would be blown away, so I won’t be surprised when I have to walk around the yard to gather it all up to put away. I’m hoping we won’t lose power. If it happens, I’ll be able to go to work, where there’s a generator. Or, I could take a nap.