I played Cave Man last night.

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with WHISPERING PINES REALTY 20398180

It was around 6:45 last night when talking to a client that my land line went dead.  I then called back or I should say tried to call back and got the message...."we are sorry, all circuits are busy right now.  Please try your call again."

That was my cell phone.  I tried several times and finally got through and told my client I would call back tomorrow.   5 minutes later my house looked like this...

OK, we stumbled around and found the flashlight that had enough power to find a candle and matches before it went dead.  I tried to make a call to another client and receive that message again, so I gave up. 

It was fun in a way.  NO noise except the 40-60 mile an hour wind that caused this outage.  So by firelight my wife and I thought about playing a game of chinese checkers.  Then we thought, It's quiet, a nap sounded good. 

That lasted about 15 minutes until the kids got home.  It was a new game for my Grand daughter who found that the computer didn't work, nor did the TV.  It was an eye opening experience for her.  She was a bit more grateful in the morning.

We could have complained a lot about the situation, but, it was still above freezing outside and I new we would have power by morning, unlike many of the Ice Storm victims of every winter.

For me, it was a great change of pace. 

Now today, I will call and make my apologies to those I wasn't able to contact last night and we will move on with life.

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Don Spera
CR Property Group, LLC - East York, PA
Serving York and Adams County, PA

I on a few occasions had to use my cell phone for light.  Isn't it amazing how spoiled we really are?

Oct 27, 2010 03:32 AM #1
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Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

Having to read by candle light is a good experience for the techno-electronic age, a loss of power can be a good thing now and then.

Oct 27, 2010 03:33 AM #2
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Randi Brammer
Randi Brammer, Acctg. - Hinckley, MN
Accountant & Tax Preparer

Bill, you show us how to cope with life in most all of your blogs.  This is another great example of how to handle an inconvenient situation.

Oct 27, 2010 03:37 AM #3
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Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
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I'm glad your family is safe!  

Oct 27, 2010 04:42 AM #4
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Rita Fong
RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 - Marion, AR
Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale

Bill, I am glad the storm is over for you guys.  It sounds like you are having some good weather already, our temperature is still jumping back and forth between 80's and the 60's in day time. 

Oct 27, 2010 06:10 AM #5
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Chuck Carstensen
RE/MAX Results - Elk River, MN
Minnesota Real Estate Expert

The weather has been bad here, but thankfully my power has stayed on!

Oct 27, 2010 06:35 AM #6
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Vern Eaton
Askov, MN
Realtor 651-674-7449

Bill, situations are only as bad as you let them be.  This post uplifted my spirits today.

Oct 27, 2010 07:28 AM #7
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Sergio DePinto
Royal LePage Maximum Realty.,Brokerage - Greater Toronto Area - Vaughan, ON

Hi Bill,

We were promised the same weather here too. We had some wind but I guess we missed most of the fun. I like down time like these and was looking forward to lights out...seems you had all the excitement.

Oct 27, 2010 07:41 AM #8
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Cindy Marchant
Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 www.marchantteam.com - Carmel, IN
"Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate

We had similar weather...you probably had time to actually talk to each other without the television, computer, phones, etc...what a novel idea!

Cindy in Indy

Oct 27, 2010 08:38 AM #9
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Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

William, I know the feeling, especially in the winter when you lose power and don't have heat or water if you are on a private well...it certainly teaches you the need to be prepared.

Oct 27, 2010 02:11 PM #10
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Last week I looked at my generator and thought that I should get it fired up before winte hits.  I will do that tomorrow now!

Oct 27, 2010 03:39 PM #11
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Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

Am glad all are well -- certainly an eye-opener as to what our young ones are accustomed to.  They adapt amazingly well -- how special.

Oct 28, 2010 08:04 AM #12
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Andy Kress
Rental Solutions Oahu - Honolulu, HI

Glad you are OK - we heard about the storm all the way in Honolulu.

Oct 28, 2010 10:13 AM #13
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April Hayden-Munson
Brookfield, WI
Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate

Hey cave man, aren't you glad the wind is gone!  GEEZ -- all kinds of stuff blowing around.  A football found it's way into my yard.  Trees are down all over, lawn furniture changed residences, etc., etc...

Oct 29, 2010 09:38 AM #14
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

Best wishes from the San Francisco Bay Area where ice storms are unknown, the current weather is clear and mild and the S.F. Giants just won the World Series of Baseball!

Nov 01, 2010 06:29 PM #15
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