Then I'm TWO in a million.
Our power went out Friday night about 10:20. Right in the middle of watching Super 8 (Hey, Austin, did you like it?). We heard the wind and thought it was raining but it was the wind through the trees. LOGANESS and I both put down the foot rest of the chairs and got up. My son left the foot rest of his chair up and got up. I paused the movie, and power flickered and went out. I grabbed the flashlight and started watching the sump pit. Fortunately, there was little rain. OR the ground was so hard that it all ran off because the level of water in the pit never really grew. The storm blew over in about an hour, although the lightning show was spectacular and lasted much longer. Went to bed after we were confident the rain had passed.
Saturday was BRUTAL. Temps in the low 100s and no breeze. There was no ice to be found; at least that's what we heard from the neighbors. Grabbed some steaks, chicken and pork chops from the deep freeze and grilled 'em up before they went bad. Inside temp hit 89 at one point. The Theater, on the other hand, was nice and cool. But, you know, it's a THEATER, so it was, um, DARK. All day. Sitting in the dark is boring. In the evening we were sitting down there and my son is stretched out in HIS chair. LOGANESS and I could only last so long sitting upright so we went upstairs and TRIED to sleep.
Remarkably, it cooled off by early morning. I got up Sunday morning and it was only 70. My son slept in the theater. He and I headed out on a reconnaissance mission, mostly to find coffee. Turns out about four miles down the road (toward Ashburn) power was on. We pulled into a Harris Teeter and they had a trailer full of ice. They GAVE me four bags. Found coffee and breakfast at an open McDs. We put a bag in the fridge, the freezer and the deep freeze, pulled out a cooler and put a bag in there with some of the things we thought might go bad first. Most of Sunday was not too bad on the deck as there was a small breeze MOST of the day. By about 3:00 it was back up in the high 90s and even the breeze gave up. Back down to sit in the dark theater for a while.
So as the sun went down we were back on the deck. Just as it was getting dark, I say to LOGANESS, "I can't tell if the orange glow in that window is a candle or the lights are on." Just then my son walks onto the deck and says, "You see those lights, too? There's another in the window next to it, too " Then through the trees I could see little points of light. And every once in awhile we heard a cheer go up. The problem is that I know that section is on different feeder and at best it could be a couple more hours.
Then right at 10:00 the lights come back on! The FIRST thing my son says is, "Do you want to go down and watch the rest of the movie while the house cools down?" A real chip off the 'ol block! We were 20 minutes short of 48 hours. We quick emptied the perishables from the fridge and freezer. Checked the deep freeze and everything in there was still solid, so we left that. Then we went down and watched the rest of the movie.