For the first time in our lives, we woke up without power on Christmas morning — as did most of Tahoe City, Homewood and the West Shore.
Though it was crystal clear outside, the outage was blamed on “overhead equipment failure,” according to the recording at the utility (based in Nevada, I should add).
Ironic, since it marked the first power outage of the season on the West Shore, despite the big storms that cut power to tens of thousands in the Sierra foothills earlier in the season, downed trees and power lines.
With an excited 8-year-old, you just open up presents in the dark. We kept it simple this year: a Wi resort game was the most extravagant (a subtle clue that no real resort trip is looming). My wife and I go easy on each other, though we’ll celebrate her birthday in style on Dec. 30.
My son and I have been playing Battleship, an “oldie but goodie” and inexpensive gift from Santa. After a while, you get creative — bunching up the battleships like you’re never supposed to do in the real-world Navy.
I lost this round by one move (see photo). My son interpreted the rules as stacking one of the ships on top of the other, while I just lined them up along the outside of the board.
The power is back on now. We’re going to go for a walk with our dog, visit with some friends and cook a small prime rib we brought up from Longhorn Meats in Auburn (a good butcher shop). Enjoy your day.
The recession has an upside, as we’ve all commented before: It makes you slow down and appreciate the finer points of life.