Power is like your appendix; you kind of take it for granted until it goes bust...The hottest commodity in Storm Alfred is an open socket.

Power is like your appendix; you kind of take it for granted until it goes bust. And bust it went with this latest storm. I had to pull a Jimmy Carter and put on a sweater, but even that wasn’t enough. I wish I had a generator. I wish I had a stack of firewood. I wish I had a chainsaw. Sadly, I couldn’t find a genie in a lamp (who was no doubt taking up residence in a more hospitable part of the country). So I did what every other cold and hungry resident did – I went off in search of an open coffeehouse.

I’m sorry I ever took for granted the ease of walking downstairs to brew up a cup of coffee. When you have to stand in line a half an hour for your caffeine fix, you start seeing the worst in humanity bubble to the surface. People are on edge when they are lacking food, coffee, and hot shower. I walked into Whole Foods, which was low on staff and high on customers, and I was concerned that an organic food fight was going to break out. Serenity now, serenity now….

Given that the stress level in town was high last night, I thought it was a good idea to escape the chaos and go the movie theater. Most people go the movies to cool down or dry off; last night it became a place to defrost. The movie had something to do with people only living to 25, after that age time literally becomes currency which they trade until they run out (and expire). Honestly, who knows what the movie was about – I just know that I was out of the house, out of the cold, out of the madness. I would have gone anywhere. I would have gone to the opera.

Even operas end (eventually), and kick out the patrons. Today was a new day, and with that the same challenges of food, warmth, and coffee. I have a mild addiction to the “everything bagel” with jalapeno cream cheese and sliced tomatoes from Lox, Stock, and Bagel, so I went there. Seeing an extremely large line, I walked over to Starbucks. The joint looked like a high-tech homeless shelter. In place of a warm cup of soup was the soft glow of an Apple logo. If you want to realize how dependent we’ve become on modern technology, just try taking it away. The hottest commodity in Storm Alfred is an open socket. I traded one large line for an equally large line, so I headed back to Lox, Stock, and Bagel. This is all before my first coffee. Serenity now, serenity now….

We’re modern day people living with old-fashioned inconveniences. We’re iVagabonds, living our life out of a [computer] bag.

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Michelle November 03, 2011 at 04:43 PM
Amen brother. It's Lord of the Flies out there.
Bruce Bernstein November 03, 2011 at 04:50 PM
Westfarms Mall has many stores where there are electric sockets right outside their individual storefronts. Since the normal lounging areas are full, people are sitting on the floor outside places like Restoration Hardware with their electronic gear plugged in. We are addicted to electricity and will do anything for our fix.
Patrice Fitzgerald November 05, 2011 at 01:14 PM
It's a real wake-up call, isn't it? (That is, if you can wake up without your coffee.) We have become so dependent upon our devices of communication and entertainment... they are like appendages. But hey -- you ought to try opera! It's tremendous once you get to the right opera. Check out H.O.T. (Hartford Opera Theatre), Hillside Opera (New Haven), and GHOE (Greater Hartford Opera Ensemble)... all fun groups that put on excellent and energetic productions.
David Ryan Polgar November 06, 2011 at 11:09 PM
Michele: I like the Lord of the Flies imagery...it really made me wonder how quickly our society could become lawless. Luckily, I did not see any heads on sticks. I heard about the scene at Westfarms; it does sound like people were getting their "fix." Bruce and Patrice: you might be interested to read that people can actually have feelings of LOVE for electronic devices, especially iPhones. There is a lot of discussion with the new IPhone "woman" named Siri, who will answer all of your questions. People are finding a sense of attachment to "her." Patrice: I'll look into those operas you mentioned. Thanks!
Roselle Weiner November 10, 2011 at 05:49 AM
I heard that 3 people who called clp were arrested for not talking nice to the representatives. "Hello clp? The house to the left mf me has power. The house to the right of me has power. The house behind me has power. I doesn't has any power. Have I told you lately that I love you? Hope the judge throws out the cases and deposits all of clp (except the linemen) behind bars. And kudos to whole foods for accomodating the power and food hungry hords without pushing anyone away. The library had power strips but yoy had to roast while your phone charged since it was at least sauna temp in there. And the librarians wore sweaters.


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