A candle-lit Halloween

(Oct 30 8:34 p.m.)

It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets. —Paul Clifford, Edward Bulwer-Lytton.

(And, oh, were the winds intense, Sunday!  I was afraid it was going to leak again.)

As you can see by the title, this isn’t part III of Winds of Change (which, unbeknownst to me, was a title of a song).  That’s because the power has been restored.  (Yay!  I can finally write a complete post on the PC.  In theory.  And take a shower.)  It came back on just before noon, making the time “off” about 2 days and 11 hours.

(Oct 31 1:29 p.m.)

Now, this wasn’t ice storm of 1998 bad, which knocked us out for five days (worse for others) and tested our versatility in different ways.  (Winter in Maine.)  Being into electronics at the time, I wired batteries to lights taped to the wall, and even powered a CFL (via inverter).  The lack of heat was the bigger problem.  This decade’s problem: we have batteries in the living room we need to recycle.

(Nov 1 5:36 p.m.)

This week, it was: driving to the city for internet… and a chicken dinner.  And popcorn.  (Hey, my mother wanted popcorn.)  Like 1998, we used candles and flashlights.  In this day of age, however, our modern conveniences can become a modern frustration.  Part of going to the city was to charge phones we didn’t have way back when (which can also serve as flashlights).  My old phone has lost its capacity… while the new one never ran out of juice (and makes for a good music player to pass the time).

Branch debris (it’s worse than it looks). (Oct 30 2:42 p.m.)
(Oct 31 11:22 a.m.)

A fallen tree blocks the path near the house.

(Oct 31 2:40 p.m.)

It may be hard to tell from this photo, taken at the Crescent Beach parking lot, but on the right of this perspective is…

(Oct 31 2:53 p.m.)

The roots of the tree.  I mean, did the winds literally tear trees off their foundation?

(Oct 31 2:28 p.m.)

Countless twigs and clumps of green pine needles in the state park.

Smaller fallen tree. (Oct 31 2:33 p.m.)
Gratuitous sky photo. (Oct 31 2:26 p.m.)

One of the nice things to have during the night is the three-quarters moonlight.  It became sort of a peaceful Samhain (sans bonfires, guising and divination) versus a noisy, commercial Halloween.  No TV.  Trick and treating  in some parts of central Maine was pretty much canceled after the police urged parents to keep their kids indoors because of blackouts.  Even supermarkets lacked power.  Driving down the road, I saw they had up makeshift/backup lights.  Dunkin’ Donuts and Low’s Variety: dark.

Imagine all the people, living for today… to sweep the place. (Sorry.) (Oct 31 2:39 p.m.)
Pine needle clumps. (Oct 31 2:30 p.m.)

Well, I guess I ought to wrap up for now.  I have a different kind of time limit ahead: the need to sleep.  I’ll be getting up more seasonal photos (which have less to do with broken trees).

(Oct 31 3:10 p.m.)

Autumn does offer a lot of color variety.

Until next time…

I do say, those are paw prints in the red sand. (Oct 31 2:20 p.m.)
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