POWERLESSNESS, DAY SEVEN
We are, of course, the only house in our neighborhood still without power. Today I called an electrician, who came and squinted up at the wires. Then we had the same conversation I always have with guys who come to look at broken things:
HIM (pointing): You see that? That's your problem right there.
ME: See what?
HIM: That thing up there? Dangling down? To the left of the other thing?
HIM: Right below that curvy thing?
I can never see the thing they're pointing to. But basically, as I understand it, our top leg is hot. (I swear he said that.) But because of this other thing that I can't see, the dangling thing, we are not getting any volts or amperages into our actual house. The electrician says we need to have a person from Florida Power and Light come with a long pole and push the invisible dangling thing, and we will have electricity again. But the way things are going, that may not happen in my immediate lifetime.
Fortunately, our mail service has been uninterrupted, and we just received our electric bill.