Storm’s Aftermath

Our power is back on, about 24 hours after the storm pulverized parts of the central Ohio power grid and cast us into darkness.  Good job, AEP — and thanks for putting some light back in our lives.

Walking and driving around town, we saw signs of the storm’s aftermath everywhere.  Gates knocked off their hinges, tree limbs everywhere, and debris in roadway — it will be good to get back to normal.

Powerless

When awful news happens, and bad news strikes again and again, and events are buffeting the little world around you, you feel powerless. Now Mother Nature has decided to take that figurative feeling and turn it into literal reality.

A huge and violent thunderstorm cell blew through Columbus last night, and it has knocked out the power grid for wide swaths of the area. The storm blew down trees and branches and felled power lines, and we’ve now been without power since 5 p.m. last night.

This period of powerlessness is unheard of — and it also shows how spoiled we’ve become. A few hours sweltering in a hot house on a summer’s day, and you’d think from the complaining that we’d been asked to endure the unendurable. We’ll have some spoiled food, and some time without Internet access, and earlier bedtimes than normal. No big deal, really.

Still, I must confess that when I entered an air-conditioned room this afternoon I did breathe an audible sigh of satisfaction.