So I wake up this morning to a dramatic storm. I always sleep with my windows open because my Mummy told me to. This has a disadvantage when you live by the sea, as in storms, huge waves come crashing through and make the bed wet. Well, not quite but the rain sure does.
Anyway, it rains very hard and the wind blows and I go to make some coffee and find that the electricity is no longer there. I assume that this due to the storm and wait for it to pass, like all things. I once swallowed false tooth with a spike on it in California and it passed in Munich airport.
My house is very electric. I could not make coffee. I could not make tea. The toilet would not flush. The hot water did not come out of the shower. No computer, no nothing. I sat and waited. I waited for about 3 hours and it was extraordinary, I mean like I could not do anything. I was impotent.
Incidentally, I sleep with my iPad so I can listen to bedtime stories. I am currently listening to “Men at Arms” by Evelyn Waugh, which is giving me a lot of pleasure. I thought, “I may as well go back to bed and listen to the poignant tale of Guy Crouchback on my iPad.” This is when I notice that I am picking up my neighbor’s wi-fi signal. This means he has electricity. We talk, he has no electricity problem.
I finally locate my fuse box but not before Naoko phones the housing agent,which is of course open on a Sunday morning, to ask where it is because I was too stupid to find it. Thanks Naoko.
Essentially the main breaker er breaks. Even if I switch of all the other fuses. Something is not right.
Gakiya-san, er like the neighbor in question, also comes to the rescue. He phones the electricity company. They send a technician, who works out that water has blown up an outdoor power point causing what Google translate calls an ‘electricity leak’. It is all fixed, it is Sunday, it is Japan. Thanks Gakiya-san, thanks technician.
However, for a while I felt the power of powerlessness.