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How a lack of electricity makes fools of us all

During the last 72 hours, my electricity has been down for 37 hours. You know what this leads to — yes, a cartoon!

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So yeah, 37 out of 72 hours without electricity sounds rather significant. It would go on and off, usually coming on at a time when no one wanted to use any power, like 3 am, and then going out again at a time when everyone wanted to use some power, like 10 am.

I think this is the record for this year. Remember earlier this year when I also had a super-important research paper to finish and the electricity was also taunting me?

It’s a conspiracy, I tell you! As soon as I have an assignment, I’m left sitting in the dark with a dying laptop! 😛 Incidentally, the longest uninterrupted time that the power was off this time was exactly 23 hours.

But it has been functioning for a full 24 hours together now, so let’s hope that normal functionality has now been restored!

By the way, I really did draw this cartoon out by hand first. When I was powerless in the dark, it seemed the most sensible thing I could do to keep busy. I meant to scan it in as is and post it, but then decided to redraw it digitally. Why? Because I know that lots of people can’t read my handwriting. I have extremely dense writing – not that small, I just try to squeeze the largest amount into the smallest space possible.

Anyway, the hand-drawing wasn’t fun. It wasn’t fun to do the colouring or shading and if the pen slipped or I drew things more towards the centre of the frame than I meant, there wasn’t anything I could do about it. Digital is so much easier. I can just click and drag stuff and correct mistakes without any trouble at all.

On Wednesday, I ended up driving to university, recess or not, just so that I could sit in the library and allow all my stuff to charge while I made notes for my assignment. My laptop had like 10% power left at that stage. Maybe I shouldn’t use their electricity for personal gain, but it was either that or not working at all. It’s incredible how long the nights are when you can’t switch on a light. While I was sitting in the dark, philosophising, I thought about that quote from Harry Potter:

Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.

All I could think was “Yes Dumbledore, but to do that, one needs to have freakin’ electricity!”


But all of this is now hopefully over and life can return to normal.

Before I sign off, I found this in my spam comments just now and I thought it was hilariously ironic:


I know I don’t have a spelling problem, but this spammer should probably check their grammar and idiom before leaving comments like this. Yes, I’m posting it in full, so that everyone can see the spammer’s details.


I hope everyone has a great weekend!


5 responses

  1. I like your candle bases. 😉

    Also, that spammer is hilarious!

    September 22, 2013 at 05:03

    • They’re supposed to be saucers, because that’s what we use during long power outages.
      Ah that spammer! I wonder if they realise how ironic that comment they use is! 😀

      September 25, 2013 at 01:16

      • I love the shadows on them.

        I don’t think the spammer realizes anything; it’s probably a robot!

        September 29, 2013 at 21:39

  2. Mal

    Hello, I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award here:

    September 22, 2013 at 10:37

    • Thank you so much, I really appreciate it! 😀
      I promise I will remember to accept it properly! (I always forget and then I can’t find the comments again. I know. I’m horrible.)

      September 25, 2013 at 01:17

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