Friday, January 9, 2009

It's All About Survival

We narrowly escaped being frozen to death last night. Our entire neighborhood lost electricity around 8 pm. The temps outside were in the negative teens, and the temperature inside was dropping rapidly. We huddled together under blankets and sang Kumbayah. Our extremities were going numb. We were fading fast... OK, maybe it wasn't quite that dramatic, but I had you going there for a minute, didn't I? In reality, we did lose electricity. Most of the electrical lines in Alaska are under ground. Therefore, we seldom have snow and ice buildup on the lines that lead to power loss (like you tend to experience often in the lower 48). Unfortunately, the power lines that connect our little neighborhood to the rest of the base are above ground. Needless to say, freezing temps plus windy evening equals power loss.
It was only out for an hour or so, and it did get colder inside, but nothing major. We enjoyed a nice card game by candlelight and music from the IPOD. We did discuss who would get to eat which cat if things got desperate, but that was about as far as it went. Luckily for Tink and Ashley, we got power back before we got too hungry. (Plus people tend to know how I am without my morning coffee, and trust me, NO ONE wants to see that. )
We never did reach a positive number in our temps this week. We are going on about 3 weeks with nothing but negative temperatures, and it's getting a little old. The weather channel is predicting snow and highs in the 20's for next week. I will believe it when I see it. Dare to dream...

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