It’s Sunday in Maryland and we are in the 12th day of our heat wave and power losses! Yesterday we hit 105 degrees F and today is not supposed to be much better. There are still plenty of folks around the area without power as the limbs from last Friday’s storm continue to fall onto power lines, including some that just went back up. We are anticipating more storms as the cold front from the north is slowly coming our way and we know from experience (and science class) that a collision between a cold front and a hot as hell front brings a humongous amount of meteorological explosions.
Yesterday I found out that the storm cost us our relatively new dishwasher (burned out) to go along with the air conditioning circuit board and a heck of a lot of groceries that had to be thrown out. When I called the appliance store to see if there was any reset button etc that I could try, I got the “yeah, lady, I have been fielding calls from hundreds of people just like you all day”. Am I supposed to take comfort in the fact that everyone lost their appliances along with us? Perhaps so. There are thousands of us facing the same problems.
It is also our unfortunate lot to have Pepco has our energy supplier. They rank last in the ENTIRE NATION in service and reliability. Not surprisingly they rank first in profits as their bill came yesterday right on time, along with their expectation that we pay right on time. But they are not held to the same accountability. People just coming into the area say they have never experienced the power outages that are a regular occurrence here. And Pepco just asked for a rate raise too! Talk about cojones! But I think this time they will be met with more fines instead of raises. Peoples ire is up. We are fed up, the politicians are fed up! Maybe something will finally be done about them. I can always hope. In the meantime, the Moderate State is hanging up its nameplate and looking for a new moniker! Any ideas?
So yeah, heat. So hot in fact that I haven’t felt like cooking. It’s too hot even to stand at the grill. So we are making drinks, baby! Look for a drink recipe after the week ahead.
I am continuing to review two more books in the Dancing With The Devil series by Megan Derr. Just a outstanding series by a great writer and a wonderful lead into the week of July 16th which will be concentrating on book series all week. I think you will love it. So this is how this week will play out if the power stays on:
Monday: Midnight (DWTD #3) by Megan Derr
Tuesday: Ruffskin (DWTD #4) by Megan Derr
Wednesday: Almost Paradise by Caitlin Ricci
Thursday: Torquere Short Stories
Friday: Stolen Dreams by Sue Brown
Saturday: Author Spotlight: Nicole Kimberling
Shake with cracked ice and strain into chilled cocktail or margarita glass.