Twenty-two days later … finally, a post. My last was December 10th. I’m sure my reader has been disappointed. I learned a lot in those three weeks of silence:
1. If you know there is a huge windstorm coming, and you know that you are low on gas, and you plan to fill your tank as soon as you email that important document, the power outage will take out every local gas station in your community.
2. If you have a very important document that is to be emailed to leaders in your church, the power will go out for three days just before you mail it from home.
3. When you think your home can’t get any colder, you’re wrong.
4. When your power finally returns, your internet connection won’t. When you call for information, the really nice girl on the other end will act surprised that you are having problems – probably because it turns out she is in Eastern Canada and has no idea that 1 million people in metro Seattle have no power. Maybe Challies can explain the Canadian angle.
5. The same really nice girl will assure you that your internet connection will be quickly restored.
6. You will get a very helpful phone call telling you that your service is “now restored”, which will lead you to think you will be able to work at home that evening. You will be wrong. Your internet will still be down. Another very helpful and nice young lady (verify that she is not in Eastern Canada first) will express surprise that it is still down. She will schedule an inconvenient service call for 3 days later that is the only one available for a week.
7. When power is restored it is important that you not get too comfortable. The immediate repairs made in response to a widespread “wind event” will be more like band-aids … it won’t take much to knock it out again. It will be knocked out again and when that happens the crews will have moved on to other areas to work. They will get back to your area in four days – 12 hours after you leave on vacation. There is nothing nefarious about this, there is just too much damage to repair. You will learn that it can get very cold in your house. You will also learn patience. You will also learn that the power will go off just as you finish an insightful and meaningful blog post, but before you actually save it.
8. The internet company will keep their appointment. They will discover that they didn’t connect your cable to the main. They will now connect it and tell you that you now have service. You don’t because you still have no power … it’s no one’s fault. You learn greater patience.
9. Power crews work hard. Very hard. They almost work miracles. They will get you power on early if they can.
10. It is amazing how much you can get done in the few hours before you leave on vacation!
11. It is not amazing that you will not put “posting to your blog” on the list of things to do in those few hours.
12. Plans to blog while on vacation will usually be thwarted.
13. If you have a daughter who lives in Scotland … say, in Glasgow … she will have been battling with her internet provider to get her service installed for over two months before you arrive to visit. She will have talked to many nice people who will have assured her that someone will take care of her within a “few days”. This will not happen. She will call and talk to another very nice person who will have no record of her in their system but they will take care of it in “a few days” … these people may live in Eastern Canada.
14. You will not feel like blogging when checking email on vacation. Especially when doing so from the Sip and Surf internet café – no reflection on the café – it is really quite nice.
15. You will also not feel like blogging, checking blogs, or doing much else after a 24 hour travel day.
16. When you finally get some rest you will think that you should have all sorts of things to write. You will find yourself stuck. You will finally write some lame list of things you learned ….
The greatest thing you will take away from the this experience is that you quickly become frustrated when you can’t control your circumstances. Furthermore you will be convicted about the pettiness of your frustration when you think about people who are in really dire circumstances. You will ultimately realize (in a small way) how often you try to control things, and how easily God can demonstrate his sovereignty.