In the dark



Perhaps you've heard about the crazy-assed thunderstorms with 90 mph wind we got here in St. Louis Wednesday evening. Perhaps you've heard about the heat wave (yesterday's heat index? 110) which, fingers crossed, has finally broken as a result of today's thunderstorm (yes, we got another one. Does God have a sense of humor, or what?). Or the half million people without power.

Sure, that number's probably gone down a bit. If I cared to do the math, I could go on AmerenUE's power outage map and add up all the numbers. But I'm tired, and that just seems like far too much effort, especially considering I don't think they care about me or my neighborhood. We don't share a grid with a hospital, care facility, or other essential business. We're not part of an area of high-profile businesses. And, let's face it, we're not rich. Maybe I'm a cynic, but I can't help thinking that, if my neighbors and I were multi-millionairese, we'd have our power back by now.

So we're on day two without power. Last night, we loaded up the ferrets and drove to a friend's house in St. Peters to spend the night in air conditioning. Today, we're right back into the city, where I've got petsitting to do, and there is much to be cobbled together on the laptops we brought up to Screenz, our neighborhood computer center (and without whose open doors and generosity, we would never have finished the September issue…so thank you, thank you, thank you, Kelly and John).

If you've read this far, let me first apologize for being short-tempered and irritable; I'm stretched a little thin right now. If you're wondering why the Web updates aren't happening in a timely fashion, or anything else business-related that's not urgent or essential, now you know; we've got our hands full just getting by. And I don't even want to talk about the full and rotting refrigerator I've got to clean out…

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