It happened again! I woke up and looked at the ceiling fan. It wasn’t moving. This has happened before. We had no power.
No power, no problem. We’ll make do. No air conditioning, no problem. We’ll cool off in the pool. No wifi, no problem. I can read on the deck. No coffee; now we have a problem.
The last time this happened to us here, we were here on vacation. We didn’t think the power outage would last long. We ate a cold breakfast. I cooled off in the pool. I talked to our neighbour and we lamented the inability to make coffee without power. We had no power that day for several hours.
That was a couple of years ago. We now have the barbecue, which could be fired up to boil water for the French Press coffee, or to use the perk, or even to make stovetop espresso. My husband says we’ll wait until we’re desperate.
That day a couple of years ago, I was getting desperate and I spoke with several desperate women. No one could get coffee. I used the leftover coffee in the thermal press to make iced coffee.My neighbour had coffee. Her husband came home and made coffee for her using the hurricane kit.
Today, the desperation hasn’t hit…yet. My husband went for a walk and I considered Coke, the drink, not the drug. It has caffeine. I don’t usually drink it; I really only like it occasionally with rum and lime. It’s a bit early for that, but maybe with a twist of lime?
So we have no power, which also means no wifi. Here are the positives. We have our cell phones and we have service. We have daylight, for now! We have water. We have running water, a pool full of water and we have hurricane contingency bottled water. If the power doesn’t come on in time for supper, we have a beach within walking distance and they do a mean fish fry there on Fridays.
The biggest positive is that the power failure wasn’t caused by a hurricane. Then it would be dark in here, because we’d have all the shutters closed. We would be without power for an indefinite length of time and the propane and water available for coffee making would be very limited. Yet, based on my survey during the last outage, coffee is a priority.
When this happened before, we drove out of West Bay to see if we could find power. There were people at Camana Bay, but they were all sitting outside, so they probably had no power inside. I wonder if they had coffee.
We got all the way to Grand Harbour, where there used to be a wonderful pizza place called The Brick House. They used wood fired ovens for cooking, so we had a great pizza lunch there. They had no coffee. The Brick House is gone now. I wonder who else might have wood fired ovens.
Something I’ve observed about this island; when there is no power to operate traffic lights, the police are very efficient at directing traffic. Fortunately, there aren’t many traffic lights, which is another reason to be thankful for traffic circles. Imagine if all the police were busy directing traffic during a power failure.
While I was sitting here this time, looking forward to taking advantage of the excuse to sit by the pool with my “virgin Cuba Libre”, I heard the distinct click of the air conditioning starting up. The fan is going and the printer is on. Welcome to the Caribbean!
Powerless no longer! Time to brew some coffee.
Update: The power in West Bay was back on before noon, but some parts of the island didn’t have their power back until late afternoon. The grocery stores have back up generators and the longest queues on the island? Any place that was serving coffee.