Tuesday, July 18, 2006


Reduced power in this building, if not the whole goddam neighborhood. Pat whosis on Channel 1 telling us to turn off the A.C.! may be a moot point since mine doesn't seem to have enough power to actually bring the room temp down significantly. microwave "works" but doesn't cook anything. most lights and elevator in main building not. working.

it's going to be 102 today, plus humidity.

didn't i say something just yesterday about the contribution of heat w/out A.C. contributing to insane homicidal behavior in Other Regions?

just put me out of my misery now please.


Bitch | Lab said...

that sucks. i can't wrap my head around how there can be reduced power.

it's the one thing i dread about hurricane season. even if you don't get hit by one, the damage can be bad enough to nock power out for 4-6 weeks during these summers here.

belledame222 said...

i fucking hate the heat.

i swear i'm moving to the Arctic tundra.

at least till the ice melts and plunges all into a wtery apocalypse and new Ice Age, i.e. about three years give or take apparently.

boo hoo


I *love* hot weather, but this is a bit too much ... even for me. :(

Bitch | Lab said...

heh. at least when it's cold, and the power goes out, you can bundle up. and there are alternatives way to heat your home if necessary. ways that aren' going to break the bank. but no power and thus no AC in the summer? sucks big time.

a friend in St. Augustine got sideswiped by the first major hurricane to hi FL in 2004. She was without power for 5 weeks. she tried to sleep by putting ice packs on her wrist at night. operative word tried. so, basically, she couldn't sleep much for 5 weeks in a row. if anything contributes to the crazed behavior, it's gotta be related to sleep deprivation.

a client contact from my old job was out power for 4 weeks with Ivan. Ivan passed by us, sliding up the coast about 100 miles to sea. Yeah. That sent a big enough surge of water that it flooded the neighborhood where she'd just bought a new home. problem is, they put all the power underground. and since they triage the way they get power on line, they determined that neighborhood needed help the least.


We live on a hospital grid and, so far, we've been fortunate enough to only ever experience a power outtage that lasted 6 hours. Even the night my neighbors and I watched Frances' tropical storm pass and blow transformer after transformer, the power was out for like 45 minutes.

Excuse me, i need to go find some wood to knock on. writing all that is bound to entice the gods to smack me down.

Bitch | Lab said...

we are doing nothing but trying to get to the point where we can save enough money to move to oregon. i can't wait to have normal weather again.

midwesterntransport said...

oh, belle, that's HORRIBLE.

can you leave? you should get out of dodge. go to starbucks. go somewhere with wireless and hang out for the day.

belledame222 said...

i am going to the MOVIES in about an hour and a half or so.

i was all like, i can call the temp office and beg them for a gig in an air-conditioned office. i'm sure that now that i'm asking with a tone of desperation and aggravation, they'll have something. and yay! dress up in work drag and get on the subway!

then i laughed hollowly, threw up, and went about soaking my head for the fourth time since sunrise.

belledame222 said...

BL: I approve of the move to Oregon. i am thinking vancouver looks better and better these days, for a number of reasons.

now if only i actually had a compelling reason to go besieds GET ME THE HELL OUT OF HERE!

dagger aleph said...

"Pat" is Pat Kiernan. I love him.

102?! Last night I heard 95, which is bad enough. Crap.

belledame222 said...

maybe they meant with the humidity index thingie. i dunno. right now it's in the mid-90's.

low-wattage AC and fan and darkened room have the place reasonably cool (mid-80's, breezy) at the moment. debating whether i want to go out into the cruel world and risk further heat and (horrors) the possibility that even the movie theatre won't have A.C.

con ed supposed to come later today and replace a transformer or something. who knows.

the true horror: subways have been shutting down in transit. people stuck in the hot cars for hours.

A White Bear said...

Oh, don't say that about the subways, BD! I have to go into town for a teeny errand, and getting stuck on the Manhattan Bridge would suck a great deal.

belledame222 said...


it was the A or the E, yesterday; think the 1/2/3 were having issues too. although i thought i heard Pat say it was better.

glenda said...

That's dangerously hot. didn't know it got that hot up there. Sorry!

Pony said...

Bitch | Lab

The power is reduced because the rivers Bush talked his conservative-ass cronies into diverting for ya are drying up and the turbines are turning slower and lower.

Here in Canuckistan.

But otherwise, how are you and your fabulously literate daughter?

EL said...

I'm right here with you, baby. I think I've probably drunk 40 gallons of water in the last six hours.

Ugh. If there's a blackout ... oh God. Not again. The last blackout almost killed me.

Going to the movies is smart, belledame. Whatcha gonna see?

I'm going to a party at a bar tonight (free drinks!) for A's friend. I hope I can actually make it down to Houston St without fainting dead away.

Pony said...

Ya'll have to do what Snowbirds do. In reverse. Snowbirds head to Arizona and Florida when it's 40 degrees below zero November to March.

You need to come on up here. Bring your laptip and tell your boss you'll be phoning it in for the next couple weeks.

It's 73 degrees with an 11 mph breeze. Nice. Bring a light sweater. They do still air-condition the bars here. I'm told.

Pony said...

Wups. Your laptop.

belledame222 said...

I'm thinking Saskatchewan sounds really good right about now. or, whosis, where the Northern Lights are? Lapland.

the moon, maybe.

I saw "The Devil Wears Prada." It: sucked. i might write a post about it, something like, The Devil Wears Prada And I Don't Give A Fuck. if i can summon the energy for a better title and, you know, the actual post.

mind you considering the air conditioning i would've seen "Teenage Mutant Ninja Schwarzeneggers."

i *was* gonna sneak into another one, but the bastards were anticipating that move for once, with ropes and flashlights.


midwesterntransport said...

i am hoping that you are at the movies as i type. and i hope you're not seeing something horrible (though maybe something bad and cheesy is just what you need at the moment).

i've heard "going south" is pretty interesting.

has coned come yet?

midwesterntransport said...


oh no! i totally wanted to see devil wears prada! (psst...don't tell anyone)

belledame222 said...

oh, sorry. well, don't let me harsh you: i'm extra-cranky today. and it is hard for anything with Meryl Streep in it to be completely irredeemable.

i just, well let's say my experience of evil fucking narcissists and their grovelling sycophants er enablers er assistants is rather different.

i have no idea where Con Ed is, or what they might be doing or plan to do. all i know is it is suppose to RAIN TONIGHT and then be cooler (goddamit), a little anyway, the rest of the week.

after that it doesn't much matter because either they'll have it fixed by then or i'll've jumped out the window.