3 Days, No Power

I live in New Jersey and although luckily none of my property was damaged during Hurricane Irene, I still have no electricity at my house. I'm writing this at the public library where I've been spending a lot of my time at. Living without power is pretty dreadful, especially at night. I've been doing a lot of reading with a flashlight when it gets dark to pass time. Luckily, I have a gas stove so I'm able to cook food and boil water.

I've come to the conclusion that the reason I don't have power is because a tree fell on the power line down the street from my house. The township has removed the tree, but the power company hasn't even started working on fixing the power line. I understand that they're overwhelmed, but it makes it even more frustrating knowing that the power company isn't even working on fixing the issue. I guess they have nothing to worry about though. It's not like they're going to lose customers or anything. Everyone needs electricity and it isn't like you can change your power company.

Anyway, I hope those who have experienced damage from the hurricane are okay. While what I'm experiencing is annoying, it is in no way devastating and in many ways I feel fortunate.