…you will be typing away on your computer or sitting at the table at dinner and the lights will just go out. Usually it only lasts for a minute or two, and in the evening there is a conversion from electricity to generator power that creates a moment of darkness while that transition occurs.
Sometimes it lasts a little longer…like right now. I was about to post a few entries to the blog but no power means no internet, which means no blog posting and instead more writing until my battery dies.
But as I mentioned previously, I had totally forgotten about this detail of living and working in Iraq. I don’t know if I had the subconscious idea that since the war is over, normalcy would have been magically restored to the region and things like electricity would be available in a manner that we in the states are accustomed to.
Before I left, my partner Nate asked me if I had packed my headlamp. I sort of scoffed at the idea that I would need it, thinking that it wasn’t like I was going camping or anything. I brought it only because he insisted I take it and it was a point that hardly seemed arguing.
The minute the lights went out the first night I was here I was thankful that he had been so insistent.