When the lights go out

You awaken to a deafening silence; the bedside clock is blank, no hum of the air conditioner and no traffic noises. The silence, is unlike any you have ever heard before. Habit makes you reach for the coffee as you enter the kitchen and you have the filter basket full of grounds before it sinks in you have no power.
You grab the cell phone and it’s off. Pushing buttons, removing and replacing the battery has no affect. You are shut off from the world. The inside of the refrigerator is damp and has that peculiar smell that only the insides of refrigerators have, when they are warm. Condensation is dripping off of everything.
The power goes out from time to time and it will only be a few hours, you convince yourself, and yet something nags at the back of your mind. When the power has gone out in the past people still raced back and forth along the US highway that is a quarter mile from your house. Whether the traffic lights work or not traffic always moves along the highway.
You picked this house because it’s remote and yet you found that even at a quarter of a mile away you could always hear traffic. The nearest neighbor is two miles north. Now you feel the need to talk to someone, anyone, and it has only been a few hours.
It just dawns on you that you are trapped as your car is in the garage and the overhead door is electric. You have no idea how to open it, all you know is it cannot be operated by hand. Something must be done first is all you know, and what that is, is a mystery, something about springs, disconnect levers and balance and tracks. You did not pay any attention when they installed it; now you feel trapped, and it is quiet outside.
Thanks to Ken for the link

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4 Responses to When the lights go out

  1. If they can’t figure out the door, it’s pretty much Game Over.

  2. Highlander says:

    Please, don’t tease! What a treat it would be to wake up to that! I know a lot of people would be in the position like this, but food in the fridge will not spoil in 24 hours.


  3. Bill Keslick says:

    Went without out power for 9 days during Katrina and 4 during Issac
    No generator but hey I had stocked up on propane had canned food and an inverter for 12V batteries (from boats and cars) to run a floor fan
    Plenty of water from the TIckfaw River to flush a terlet…
    I still dont have a generator
    But he is correct–it’s miserable

  4. jesse in DC says:

    .Anyone know what alkali batteries will do w/ an EMP pulse? If you could shield them, I surely could make an old car run… (Points, condesor, mechanical fuel pump, carb, etc) Don’t even know where to go to find that out

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