February 8, 2013

You can't beat Honduras

Mighty Brite lamp
My new favorite thing - Mighty Bright

I often joke that no matter how much you plan, how organized you are, how many back up plans that you have, Honduras will get you in the end. You can't win against Honduras! After all these years, I understand the laissez-faire, 'si Dios quiere' (if God wills it) attitude. Why fight the inevitable?

We found out in advance that electric power across most of the North Coast was going to be off last Sunday. In La Ceiba, it was to be off from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Since we need our coffee in the morning, and our iced tea in the afternoon, we made a plan. The freezer and fridge can stay at pretty good temps for that period of time, IF you don't open them. Unfortunately, usually we end up having to open them to get tea or ice or something. So the plan was that El Jefe was to get up early, a little before 8 am., turn on the coffee maker and put the tea pitcher, ice, and some muffins for breakfast in the ice chest.

We felt so clever. It seemed like a great plan. The power almost never goes out before the stated time (though it does sometimes stay out longer or, more rarely, comes back sooner than the announced time). I prepared the coffee maker so that all he would have to do is press the button. It has a thermos carafe so it would stay warm enough.

So what went wrong? The power went out at MIDNIGHT on Saturday! And stayed out until Sunday afternoon. We didn't dare open the fridge. I made coffee on the burner on the gas grill.

Honduras 1; Gringa 0.


P.S. I love, love, love my Mighty Bright book light.
I bought it for lighting a Kindle eBook reader but I use it more often during power outages. (It is a little too large for the newer Kindles.) No more brushing teeth in the dark. The 3 AAA batteries last forever (well, almost) with the LED lights and it's much handier to find your way around the house in the dark than a candle. El Jefe wants one, too.

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