Friday, 5 May 2017

09:02 – It was 52F (11C) when I took Colin out at 0700 this morning, cloudy and breezy. It started drizzling late afternoon yesterday. We ended up getting another 2.9 inches (7.4 cm) total overnight, another monthish worth of rain in 12 hours or so.

Our power here is pretty reliable. In the 18 months or so we’ve lived here, we’ve had one short outage. Until I woke up when our power failed at 0337 this morning. I went out on the front porch to look around. It was really, really dark. There was one small LED backup light on in the convenience store across the road and one light visible a mile or so south of us down US21. At first I thought it was a streetlight, but I suspect it was actually a parked vehicle with a spotlight, probably a power company truck. But those were the only lights visible. Colin and I went back to bed. Barbara was still asleep. I was awakened a couple hours later when the power came back on and my computer and printer rebooted.

Barbara is off to the dentist, gym, and supermarket this morning. After lunch, we’ll continue working on science kit stuff today and then over the weekend. We have chemical bottles to fill. Lots and lots of bottles.

We started watching the PA drama The Last Ship last night. A pandemic virus kills most of the planet’s population. Our heroes are the crew and CDC scientists on an Arleigh Burke destroyer that’s been isolated in the Arctic for several months. The science is bogus, but not horribly so. The plotting requires a suspension of disbelief. (Where did all those Russian helicopters come from, and how were they able to approach an Arleigh Burke so closely without being detected, let alone press an attack on it with missiles that appeared to be commercial fireworks?) But Barbara said it was “okay” and that she doesn’t mind me watching it as long as I don’t binge-watch it.

Our mail carrier and fellow prepper Lori is in a community theater play. That’s her, front row right.