We were two hours off the grid last night. My rechargeable headlamps came out and we went scrambling for lighters to get the candles going. Some of the candles burnt down quickly, while others hardly seemed to change in size after burning more than an hour. Note to myself: You need to research candle burning speeds more! Then I settled down to reading Roman Syria under the headlamp. Technology has come a long way.
Walking through the neighborhood, another resident chatted with us and told us that she was going to stop paying her PG&E bill. This was the second outage in a few days and was related to a little rain. Our local power rates are some of the highest in the country, but we wonder about the maintenance. If things continue to deteriorate fiscally in the state of California, this feature of the third world - regular power outages - could be something we need to get used to.