Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Power Cut Luck

We’re still experiencing long power cuts here in Ouaga. But today, for some reason, we managed to hit things not too badly. First of all, we managed to get through siesta with air conditioning. That’s already a big plus :)

When we got home, we were pleasantly surprised to see that the power was still on. However, we had just settled down to a blast of cool air and were planning what we’d make for supper when the lights went off. No sense trying to prepare anything in those conditions. However, our night guard had already taken off for a bite to eat, so we sat outside, trying to catch every possible breeze coming around the corner of our house until he came back.

Once he returned, we headed off downtown to a place that still had power and air conditioning so that we could eat something in relative comfort. We dragged our meal out as long as possible, knowing that it might be midnight before the power came back on. But finally we could delay it no longer and had to head home. Sure enough, our zone was still in total darkness. Resigning ourselves to a hot night with little sleep, we pulled up to our courtyard gate and waited for Harouna, our night guard, to open it.

Would you believe it? The very second he began opening the gate, the lights suddenly came back on! What a wonderful surprise! Even Harouna was grinning from ear to ear. It’s going to be so nice to get a decent night’s sleep.

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