Thursday, February 14, 2008

Headlamp-lit Dinner

When the power goes out...

Cale was in the middle of making some very delicious cheesy garlic bread — a prelude to our planned dinner of pizza — when the lights went out. That isn’t particularly unusual, as the power usually goes out once a week for a brief amount of time.

Electricity is a bit screwy here. I am frequently in the computer lab working on computers and the UPS are constantly beeping and clicking at me, letting me know the power as just gone out for a moment or that something unusual has happened.

Anyway, where was I? Oh, yes, I was sitting in the dark eating cheesy bread.

This time the power stayed off for what turned out to be almost three hours. We didn’t let a little thing like lack of light keep us from eating. Cale donned a headlamp and finished making the pizza. I sat at the table, romantically lit by another headlamp, sipping beer.

After dinner we headed to the open field in front of my school to stare in wonder at all the stars visible in the pitch-black night. Well, more pitch-black than usual. We do live on a busy road, so there were car headlights to contend with. Surprisingly, there was also light pollution from the capital city in the distance. I never would have guessed that Apia gave off enough light to create any light pollution. I think the hazy fog in the air helped multiply what little light there was.

It was still impressive to look up and see all of those stars. And not just that there were so many starts, but that there were so many unfamiliar stars.

We went to sleep that night still powerless, but not much later the power was back on.

— Sara

1 comment:

Barb Carusillo said...

I can't wait to come visit, and see a place without all the light pollution. I have not been in too many places that remote that I can say I really have seen a really black sky. If this happened last night, then you had a pretty special Valentine's day evening.