Last night we experienced a partial blackout, then a total one - our building was hit first, then the whole street went out, then only selected houses went back on after a little while. Finally the lights came back on after midnight. It was a balmy evening so I waited outside in the dark for MoBob to return from his English class. All the neighbors came out with their flashlights and candles. It was actually pretty cool. One of them told us the story of our street. He said that the school a couple of blocks away used to a brewery and employees lived on our street. During Prohibition the brewery shut down and apparently the staff took the equipment home and set up stills in their basements and turned the houses into speak-easys. Hard to believe. I'm sure there's some inebriated ghosts still hanging around too.
The grocery delivery was a big success. I was very impressed - only a couple of items weren't in stock.
Since MB started working at DHL starting at 6am I've been waking up with him to unpack. This morning I tackled the closet. The 22 rubber duckies are nicely arrayed on a shelf in the bathroom, but I can't say the same of my geriatric twinsets.
On May 17th, 2007 10:49 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
That's so cool about your street- that someone knows the story and the story itself. If only you had a generator like when abroad, you'd have been making friends like crazy. The US is so uncivilized with its lack of generators. =P
On May 23rd, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
I lived near DC (South Arlington) without a car for a while. It was very feasiable. Only problems were getting to Church (easier now) and grocery shopping. What I eventually realized was that car rentals on weekends were really cheap (unless you rent at the airport). So my suggestion: do a serious grocery trip once a month, on a weekend that you rent a car -- and also take a day trip. Then again, I suspect gas is even more expensive there than here.....