When there is power failure, what do you do to make waiting time worthwhile?

Philippines
November 10, 2009 6:42am CST
Power failures seem to be happening to us nowadays. They always last for an hour or more. We just had one a few minutes ago. Of course, we lighted candles and just sat and waited for the power to return. Then, we thought of something to pass time. We thought of having a guessing game and riddles and each one had his turn to ask. We surely had fun and the next time we knew, the house was again bright and lighted. How about you? What do you do to pass time during power outages?
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@fifileigh (3619)
• United States
11 Nov 09
i have noticed that, too. power failures have been happening in my area, too, for a couple of times. one afternoon, i came back from the gym, and when i walked inside my home, i noticed it seems kind of dark for daytime. the digital clock was off, and the frig light was off. i walked outside and saw men working on the electric power, and i asked them how much longer. and they said, 2 more hours. i couldnt even shower because the water was cold. so, i just lighted a candle and waited for 2 hours in my sweaty clothes, reading a magazine.
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• Philippines
11 Nov 09
It was doing good to your body letting it rest for a while from workout before showering especially that the water was cold. Yes, reading is one best way to pass time for power to resume. Thanks!
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• Philippines
11 Nov 09
that's sad there mmt, i think it's best if you saved a lot of water and prepare a lot of candles and flash-lights in case something bad happens to your electricity. well, i can always sleep for an hour or two or play with my cats, i have two of them. . black outs are a complete annoyance most specially if you're a regular internet user.
• Philippines
11 Nov 09
It is surely sad without the light but it is only for an hour and we just enjoy the hour away till power resumes. Well, on water, although we have our own water pump that is run by electricity, we also have a manual pump, in case of power outages. We need not save water as we can just pump it out as the need arises. We have flashlights ready and candles, too. In case we run out of candles, we have a small store in front of the house with the ready supply. Thanks, letran!
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@jugsjugs (13038)
10 Nov 09
We mainly get power cuts in the winter and when we do sometimes they can last for an hour up to half the day.I always have candels as well as torches where i know where they are just incase we do get a power cut.What i do to pass the time is some housework if i can see to do it as i hate sitting around doing nothing.Other times we will all sit and talk or the children would play with a hand held game as that way they do not get bored.
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• Philippines
11 Nov 09
Yes, that is a good time to do housework than just sit and do nothing. When the power resumes, everything is done and all we need to do is relax and maybe do something using the electrically-driven equipment. We can always find something to do and it is a good time to bond with other family members, too.
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@rg0205 (2638)
• Hong Kong
10 Nov 09
For me, when we get power failures, we do the same. We light candles, too, of course, but we also get out our guitar and beatbox and play music until the power gets back which usually takes just about an hour. If it takes too long, we'd hang out right by the curb of our home and enjoy the breeze with neighbors and have small chit chats.
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• Philippines
11 Nov 09
Wow, that is surely a nice way to spend time while power is out. It does not only entertain you and the neighbors but it also transforms the silence and quietness of the night by your good music. Keep it up.
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• Australia
10 Nov 09
Power outages are good for families to sometimes re-connect with each other. In today's hectic world we rely so heavily on electrical items. We haven't had a power interruption for months and months but that night we enjoyed sitting outside watching the stars and just chatting. Where I lived before, we had them often but that was really an inconvenience in winter with a small baby. During power cuts I often wonder how they managed in the 'old days' without the things we so often take for granted.
• Philippines
10 Nov 09
You are right there, onlinemoney. It is a good time to bond with family members. I can vividly remember that time when I was much younger when we didn't have power service in our town. We got used to it and just slept as early as 6pm. That was until we had the power connection when I was about 11 years old (hahahaha, that was many years ago!) and you could just imagine how happy the townspeople were. We got to play games at night till about 10pm when they switched off the power. Now, they have 24-hour power service already. Lucky for the younger generation, really.
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• Australia
10 Nov 09
Mmmm, I think the 'power generation' have missed out on many activities even that I enjoyed as a child (and I had 24 hour power). Today, children are indoors on computers and gaming consoles instead of outdoors getting exercise and fresh air. I insist on my kids playing outdoors. My mother used to tell me stories of how they did homework by candlelight. Cooked meals in coal stoves and heated their water the same. It's all strange to me. Makes me wonder what my grandchildren are going to think was strange about my childhood.
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• Philippines
10 Nov 09
Yes, looking back, we can only smile and heave a sigh of relief that we had gone through that phase of our lives.
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• Philippines
11 Nov 09
the last time there was a power failure that lasted for hours was when there was a huge typhoon battering our province.. during the power outage, we just listened to some songs using my netbook ( which I had thought of charging because I was already anticipating the power outage ).. and then we played upwords. It's like scrabble but with some modifications.. It's actually more amusing than scrabble.
• Philippines
11 Nov 09
Hi, ingking. Music soothes us especially during times when we are not so comfortable as in power interruptions. I haven't played upwords before but I always play scrabble. I think that is interesting and hope for the chance to play it.
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• Philippines
12 Nov 09
It is a cool game. you should try it sometimes, I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
• Philippines
11 Nov 09
Hi moneymaking, well brownouts are sometimes are unpredictable. Last time was during a typhoon and it lasted for 2 days. While we dont have electricity, at daytime i go on with my usual work but at nighttime, we just lie down in bwd and do a lot of catching up. My daughter tells stories about the novels she read, about her teachers and friends in schools until we fell asleep. In the office, we have a generator but use of electrical gadgets like the computer and aircon is not allowed because one generator cannot supply the needed power. So we do whatever we can do like filing and reviewing documents.
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• Philippines
11 Nov 09
Hi there, triplejazzm. In a way, we should not be feeling bad about brownouts then. It surely has its advantages. It is a good time to bond with other family members, our children especially. We, too, have a generator in the office which is mainly used for lighting to prevent overload. We find ourselves with our own way to pass time by working. (shhh, I see others getting sleepy and falling asleep, hahaha)
• Philippines
11 Nov 09
Lol, just like some of us here.
• United States
10 Nov 09
Light a couple candles and pull out some homework or needlework. There is nothing to distract you, no computer or tv to pull you away from it and it always seems so much quieter when the power goes out.
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• Philippines
11 Nov 09
Hi, MissKat. That surely breaks boredom. Without the other entertainment interrupting you, that would make you do your homework and needlework smoothly. Bye the way, what needlework do you do? Is it embroidery?
• United States
12 Nov 09
Actually I crochet :)
• Malaysia
11 Nov 09
Each time when there is no electricity, normally everyone will become so active. It's like a story telling session especially about ghost story and sometimes, everybody starts to sing! Even though how much we hated it because of the mosquitoes, but it's great for bonding and we did have fun.
• Philippines
11 Nov 09
Yes, that is true ... a power interruption turned into a fun time and event. We also did the same thing at times. Just for the fun of it, we sing songs and laugh at how we tease each other about our voices which are all below par. . Telling stories about ghosts was also done by us during power failures. It was so funny to see us grouped together because our own ghost stories made us scared.
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@anne25penn (3310)
• Philippines
11 Nov 09
Its hard to do anything when there is no power, since most of our appliances work on electricity. But with the recent storms, we've had two days without power sometimes. This gave me time to work on my cross-stitch and other things that I put off.
• Philippines
11 Nov 09
Yes, almost all of our house appliances work on electricity and it is never easy doing things without them. As the situation as in the aftermath of storms is beyond us, we just make do of whatever we can under the circumstances. This gives us time to "resurrect" unfinished projects or start new ones just to make time worthwhile. Thanks, anne!
@Agoenxz (554)
• Indonesia
11 Nov 09
Well, just same like you, we lighted the candles, and if it's not too late @nite, i like to go out to the outside of the house or the yard and just Looks arround and see the neighbour hood.. while waited the power to return. But, if it's too late @nite we just go to sleep.
• Philippines
11 Nov 09
Just like anyone else, we think of ways to fight boredom while waiting for power to come back. I sometimes go out of the house and look at the plants if the power interruption is experienced while it still has day light. If at night and would take long for the power to resume, we sleep while fanning ourselves, lol.
@solared (1209)
• United States
11 Nov 09
Play board games with the family if we can see what were doing, when I had a gf who I lived with, we played under the covers...lol
• Philippines
11 Nov 09
Playing board games with the family is surely one worthwhile activity to beat boredom. It is a good time to bond with family members. I am sure you found it more interesting to bond with your gf under covers, hahaha, during power failures. But may I ask, wouldn't it be more dark hiding under the covers during power outages? hahahaha
• China
11 Nov 09
seldom power failure seldom happen in our residential sub-district. but when comes, will sleep or keep thinking the past...
• Philippines
11 Nov 09
That is good for you. Power interruption also interrupts our normal daily activities. But, with all things we can think of doing, who is scared of staying idle during power failures? hahaha
@happy2512 (1266)
• Philippines
11 Nov 09
We also had power failure last night it lasted for more than an hour, what we did is we spend the time outside enjoying the stars in the skies in no time then the power is back our son get to appreciate the beauty of the skies when its dark.
• Philippines
11 Nov 09
Hi, happy. Are we immediate neighbors? hahahah. We had the power interruption last night, too. That brownout surely spelled a difference in your usual nighttime activities. You had the time to look up the sky and appreciate the beauty up there. In a way, we can also thank for the experience of having it though not most of the time, lol.
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• Philippines
10 Nov 09
I usually play chess or cards with friends. A little candle light or emergency lamp will be good enough for those kind of games
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• Philippines
11 Nov 09
Yes, you are right. It does not need much light to be able to play chess or any other board games. Surely, that beats boredom while waiting for the power to resume.
• Philippines
10 Nov 09
I text, or call a friend to kill the boredom, if not I'll just sleep. If I can't sleep, I'll just go out and go to a friend's house ^_^ Nothing more that I can do when power is out. I can't sleep either because it's too hot and I need air. haha. best choice for me is to go out ^_^ Enjoy Mylot
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• Philippines
11 Nov 09
Yes, that time is surely an opportune time to visit friends. You need to choose a friend whose house is not affected by the power outage, though. hahaha. Thanks!
• India
10 Nov 09
i don't waste my time.will start to messaging to my girl friends in my mobile phone to kill that power off time.
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• Philippines
11 Nov 09
Hey, that is wise of you. It does not only kill our idle time while waiting for the power to resume, it also makes us inspired and surely uplifts our spirits and makes our hearts palpitate rapidly, hahaha.
• Nepal
10 Nov 09
man if u are worried about a one hour power failure then u myt juz die if u were 2 come here in nepal we have laod shedding of upto 10 hours a day (5 hrs twice a day) in a modern time like this living electricity is so dam hard nd our load sheddings go upto 2 to 3 months also
• Philippines
11 Nov 09
I feel for you. Nowadays, although it is less frequent, we only have an hour, the most. But I should say that we had gone through that same experience before after a very strong typhoon hit us. We didn't have power for more than a month. What made it worse for me was that I just delivered my 3rd child at that time and it was so difficult waking up at night for the baby in partial darkness (we had emergency lights at that time).
• China
10 Nov 09
when power outages ,I often stay still to wait for the power to return.in fact ,I often go to bad.
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• Philippines
10 Nov 09
Yes, we get bored waiting for the power to return and surely makes us want to go to bed. Thanks.
@chulce (1539)
• United States
10 Nov 09
I have to admit, I find it a little funny, when I hear about people not knowing what to do during a power outage. I remember some years ago, we had a power outage that lasted several days. Many people that lived around us said that since they had no electricity they couldn't cook. Hmmm... Let's see you have a grill... What is that a non cooking surface? Or is it there to just look pretty. The other thing that bothered me was hearing them state that they had nothing to do. It was like they couldn't live with out the electricity at all as if they don't remember the things we did when we were kids like grabbing a book and reading, playing cards or board games, how about telling stories or just talking with each other. It is amazing how our societies have changed in such a short amount of time. Yes, I admit it can be an inconvenience in many ways, but we also need to look at the other side of the coin, how did we live before with out it? What did we do when we didn't have computers or video gaming machines?
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• Philippines
10 Nov 09
Yes, because we are now used to the comforts of new technology and the ease in doing things with the use of appliances and other gadgets, we seem to have lost touch of the "world behind". In 1990 when a very strong typhoon hit our city, we did not have power for more than a month. It was so difficult moving around and going to sleep at night with such warm temperature. What we did was take a bath every now and then to cool our bodies. We always have what we call a "dirty kitchen" (although it is clean, lol). We call it such because it is where you really get "dirty" with soot and all because we use the "basic" fuel. We use firewood and it really makes the pots and kettles black with soot. Around the house, we have 7 or 8 coconut trees where we get firewood to cook food during that time. We had our manual water pump where we shared water with the neighbors. It was a hard time without power for over a month. We should always be ready to go back to the "basics" when exigencies call for it.
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