The power in my entire town has been going out pretty often lately – at least once every week for a few hours. One time the power went out right before dinner time and I ventured down the street in search of food. The town was almost completely dark. The restaurants had identical candles at every table and people were eating their dinner by candlelight. (The students all said, “so romantic!”) Some of the convenience stores that sell battery powered desk lamps had turned all of them on and customers were given a desk lamp to carry around with them as they shopped.

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