About an hour ago, I was all set to work at home for the morning. I had laundry soaking, had just finished breakfast, had the heater going, and was about to log on to Rosetta Stone to work on my language. Then all of a sudden…beep goes the computer, off goes the power.
I went out my door and around the corner to the “concierge,” the lady who works at the front desk of the building. Here was the conversation:
Me – “Good morning. When will we have electricity again?” (this is clearly not an unusual thing for them to experience – she was having a normal conversation with the cleaning lady when I came out.)
Her – “Twelve o’clock.”
Me – “In three hours?”
Her – “Yes.”
Me – “Why is there no electricity?”
Her – “Meh, economics.”
Given the fact that the water was turned off for a while last fall/early winter, I am not surprised that they turned off the electricity. All I can say is, like I have said before, a little bit of notice would have been nice. I am glad I decided to get up instead of staying in bed, and had already eaten by the time they turned it off.
Thus, I came into the library to pass some time before I go to the College today. Normally I would already be at the College, but they do not have a place for me to work, so I usually do things at home, then go in to conduct the English Club there.
Feeling a bit like a lost soul today! Where do I belong?
Luckily, I am always welcome at the library, even when it is a day I am supposed to be somewhere else. So things could be worse!
I just hope the electricity is back on by the time I get home today…
As an FYI for those who do not live in post-Soviet countries, these are not rare occurrences, the electricity being turned off, the water being turned off. I happen to have been fortunate before now in that when all of Kirovograd lost water last summer (an unfortunate time for that to happen), at the place where I lived (at the time), the water remained. So I consider myself fortunate that, until now, my electricity has remained a constant in my life here.
Such things being a constant for me is very fortunate, as many volunteers deal with a lack of these things on a regular basis. So I will cease any complaints, and take it in stride (thus the reason I left my residence for lighted and heated pastures). After all, it could be worse!