Most weekends and some weekdays I spend in Harrison Hot Springs lately in the company of our twenty year old son who has been staying in Harrison for the last month. Last night, plans with friends in Abbotsford caused me to stay in Abbotsford.
I awoke at three thirty and like most everyone else I grabbed a screen to check texts, emails, social media and news sites.
This screen checking is a regular habit for me, my wife and I suspect a lot of other people when they awake during the night.
Thank God for screens and the internet. What did people do fifty years ago before smart phones, ipads etc when they awoke in the middle of the night. I have no idea! Although I do know that birth rates were higher then.
Checking my texts I saw that twenty year old son Andrew had texted from Harrison saying that there was no power in the house in Harrison and that his phone was about to die. He thought that only our house was affected.
This caused my mind to spring to attention. What could cause this? I thought. Was it just our house. Fortunately I was now wide awake and I focused my mind on what to do next. In such circumstances I am very organized and methodical so I did what I usually do in such circumstances. I turned over and woke up Pam.
I inquired what she thought the problem was. When she roused to consciousness she checked the B. C Hydro website and told me that all of Harrison Hot Springs was subject to a power outage because of a fallen tree. The tree had fallen because of tonight's storm ( another atmospheric river). I had solved another mystery. I marvel at my own resourcefulness.
My quick thinking to identify the problem resulted in me getting up, showering and heading off at 4:30 for Harrison Hot Springs.
My arrival into a dark house in a dark village to find Andrew wandering in the dark resulted in my connecting his iphone into a power outlet in my car. That charge has resulted in us both sitting in the dark, in a dark house, in a dark village, staring at our screens. Ah, technology.
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