Feb.6, 2010 was an anniversary (you don’t need to know which!) of my 29th birthday (I will never turn 30…EVER!!) and also the day most of the east coast got blanketed in a very thick layer of snow. As the clock struck midnight and the day rolled in, I had just set the sleep timer on the TV and was settling in for the night. About 35 mins later I awoke with a start to no television, hmmmm, I know I set it for 90 minutes….what’s up now??? I made my way into the hallway and tried the light switch….nothing. I then made my way to the spare bedroom and looked out the window, not a light on on the street!! I looked further down and saw a few neighbors out shoveling their walk, defeated, I figured I might as well join them, best to get a jump on the snow!!! I was back in bed by 2am.
Fast forward 16 hours…the snow had stopped but not before dumping 22″ (official count but my backyard says 28″), we had shoveled for hours, the sun was again setting and dinner was calling. The only thing was the electric had still not come back on..the house temp was reading about 54 (it bottomed out at 43 before the power returned) so I had 2 stockpots of water boiling to get some steam heat going. What to do about dinner though? I had some sweet italian sausage thawing in the fridge, which wasn’t going to make it to its intended use, so I figured sausage, home fries and eggs. I threw a couple potatoes in one of the stockpots to par cook and got out the sausage, well the truth be told, I had no desire to pull out different pans to bring this meal together so it was improvise….Frittata!!!! As some of you may know, Ray is a VERY picky eater and when I say “frittata” he says “eww”, however I was cold, tired, sore and truthfully not in the mood to please his pickiness…my anthem became “frittata or starve”. I sliced the sausage and by the time it was done the potatoes were perfectly done to fry as homefries. Now I can’t imagine I am saying this but it was such a welcome task to peel those right out of the pot potatoes barehanded……HEAT and lots of it!!! I pulled the sausage from the pan and gave the potatoes a rough dice and threw them in till they were nicely browned and crispy, back in went the sausage. I whipped up 6 eggs with a bit of water and salt and threw that in as well. Damn!!!!! I have an electronic igniter which can not be bypassed to light the broiler…ok then, a flipped frittata. Oh Hell no!!! I was too tired, sore and shaky from the cold to attempt a manual flip by candle light…now what? I grabbed a lid and partially covered the pan, turned the flame down low and prayed for a done and non burnt frittata. After some time dinner was served and quite edible. We finished the night off with a few rounds of Yahtzee by candle light, then shivered the night away under many, many blankets.
8am this morn we awake, again, no power!!!! Grand! Immediately I dressed to go check on the elderly couple next door, I knock and Rose opens the door, in she beckons me…”you are gonna let out the heat” she says. I walk in and the house is quite toasty….yea they were doing the big no no that so many old school folk do….they had the gas burners lit the night through!!! After scolding them a bit and knowing that I wasn’t going to change their ways, I exited, Rose followed me out onto the porch and we continued to chat, 5 minutes later Nino pops his head out the door and told us the power had returned! Hot damn!!! Anyone that had been outside immediately went back in to enjoy the chance to join the 21st century again!! After a bit of time, it became apparent that no plow was in sight, so one by one the neighborhood came together and we dug our way out. By 3 in the afternoon we were again cold, tired and hungry. In we went for a late lunch…we had power and we had leftover frittata so in the microwave it went. We sat down to share the last bit of this cooked in the dark meal and finally Ray looks at me and says, ” ya know, this is pretty good”. It was in that moment I learned that after living life like the folks in “Little House on the Prairie” for over 36 hours….Ray ain’t so picky afterall!!!!!