Last night I was watching a movie when the power crashed plunging the living into complete darkness . . . I went to get my flashlight which I keep on my bedside table and met Julianne at the bedroom door carrying a candle and lighter . . .
We lit two candles and lay in bed wondering when the power would come back on. I decided to go brush my teeth since the power wouldn’t likely return any time soon and I’d end up falling asleep only to discover that there was no water too–nice.
As far as drinking water goes we usually have two 5 gallon drums of drinking water in our apartment with one of them on the go at any given time–so if the water hadn’t ‘turned back on’ by morning we’d be fine. One of the native teachers we know told us when we first arrived that this happens periodically and that she keeps refilled large water bottles in the cupboards of her kitchen . . . I did that too but after a while stopped because it didn’t seem to be necessary . . . especially after we got our little water cooler and the 5 gallon drums.
Anyways, as we lay in bed we could hear loud voices outside the apartment that sounded very angry–and it was after midnight. This was unusual because after 12am things usually quiet down a fair bit (at least relative to inside China).
Eventually Julianne fell asleep and I picked up “A Clash of Kings” by George R. R. Martin which I am re-reading for the third time as we watch the HBO mini-series of “A Game of Thrones” which is pretty good–Tyrion Lannister has to be my all time favorite casting of the main characters on the show.
After about forty-five mintues the power came back on so I went and turned back on the air conditioning on low power so the apartment wouldn’t feel like a sub-tropical garden when we woke up in the morning.
I’m going to try and get out of the apartment today regardless of heat and humidity and walk around. While it’s nice being inside the air conditioned apartment I’m beginng to get a bad case of cabin fever . . .
And one can only surf, or rather ‘sloth the Net’ so much, read, watch TV shows and movies, and nap so much . . . and then you have to go outside and ‘enjoy’ the sweltering humidity and heat of Changsha’s rainy season.