Friday, July 18, 2008

This Shabbat will be a picnic--or not :(

We came home last night, after a delightful evening of Israeli folk dancing, to discover that none of our lights was working. Some other residents of our apartment building are reporting electrical outages in their apartments, as well, but, oddly enough, the lighting in the public hallways is working just fine. Odder still, we have three outlets in our apartment that are working--the one into which the livingroom air conditioner is plugged and two in the kitchen, including the one powering our refrigerator (thank heaven). But the electricity that powers the pilot lights in our stove is not working. So we're now facing a "picnic"--cold--dinner for Shabbat and no air conditioning in the bedroom on a day expected to top out at 90 degrees Fahrenheit/32.2. Fun and games. :(

5:31 PM update:

The power is back on! No shvitzing (sweating) through Sunday's fast, thank goodness--At least I'll be fasting in an air-conditioned livingroom and bedroom.


Blogger katrina said...

Sorry to hear that, Shira. Good luck.

Fri Jul 18, 11:51:00 AM 2008  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Thanks. We'll need it. The fast of Shiv'ah Asar b'Tamuz is this coming Sunday, and the thought of trying to sleep through most of the fast in a bedroom without air conditioning in roughly 90-degree weather is rather daunting. (How our ancestors managed to fast in buildings without air conditioning is beyond my comprehension.)

Apparently, a circuit-breaker in the basement is no longer functioning. Replacing a part that dates back to the 1980s may take some time. I'm not looking forward to the wait.

Fri Jul 18, 01:25:00 PM 2008  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Being an empty-nester does have its advantages: With or withough air conditioning, it's impossible to sleep through a fast day when one has young children.

Fri Jul 18, 01:28:00 PM 2008  

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