Watching the coverage of Hurricane Ike brought out this tendency I have when natural disasters hit, I go into survival mode and take inventory of what canned food we have, battery, flashlights, candles, matches, etc. I may not do all this physically, but I mentally go through the list.
So while I was out running errands yesterday I ended up in Tuesday Morning. The last time I went there after a storm hit the coast, I believe the fall after Katrina, I brought home a wonderful fan – it has an AC Adapter AND a spot for four D size batteries. It is great – no power, then the batteries run the fan! (Yes, we do live around 150 miles inland from the beach, I know, I know) We have used it once!
Now, I do not actually go looking for wonderful emergency gadgets, but I again happened upon one. One of those hand-cranked radio, siren, flashlights. BUT this one also had adaptors for cell phones! Pretty handy if the power is out and you just HAVE to make a phone call and your battery is dead(provided there is still service).
Of course I had to get it . . . and did.
I am at home checking out the new gizmo when I decide to see how bright the flashlight really is.
On impulse I go into the pantry – it is a small walk in area in the kitchen that is under the stairs – good and dark with the door closed. I close the door and yep, the flashlight is bright.
I turn to open the door and go about my list of to do’s.
The door won’t open!
I forgot, the knob is messed up on the inside. I remember this, NOW, from rescuing Stitch when his older brother shut him in there!
I am home alone! Kids are at school and DH is at work, bringing home the bacon, and I am locked in a very small space!
So, after wiggling the handle and bumping the door, I take a seat and decide to turn on the radio, maybe they will tell the time so I know how long until lunch (hubby comes home for lunch). I find a station and of all things it is Billy Carrington singing “Must Be Doing Something Right.” Egads! The irony!
So I wait. I now know that cranking the gizmo for 30 seconds gives you two songs and 4 commercials of run time. I also know that solitary confinement would drive me insane!!
Twenty some minutes later I hear my Knight in Shining Armor come in the house. I give him a hello from behind the door and ask that he release me from my box. Laughing, he opened the door and freed his damsel in distress.
Pretty good timing for a saving too, 7 years ago, to the day, we had had our first date! He had saved me from the dating world and later became my wonderful husband!
It was a good day!