Eighty Thousand Still Without Power -- and Our Editor's One of Them. TXU, We're Lookin' at You.

The fish tank is getting cloudy. Good thing I'm not a goldfish.

Last night I made dinner on a camp stove and smoked up the entire house. Everything smells like seared olive oil and teriyaki sauce. I got dressed in the dark this morning, which some people say I do anyway.

I've discovered that an 1,800-watt generator will power a hair dryer, barely, and DSL, but not both at the same time. Forget about your refrigerator. You need 5,000 watts for that, and then that's all it can do. I gave away the frozen turkey yesterday. Anyone care for a defrosted New Zealand leg of lamb?

We've been without power for 39 hours now, and TXU's automated phone line keeps telling us that electricity has been restored to our neighborhood. Our entire street in southwest Dallas, however, is dark.

TXU has brought in people from Oklahoma and other regions to help restore service to the 300,000 customers who lost power in the storm Wednesday night. Most are back on line, but not us. My husband tells me a crew is at work right now. Southwest Dallas and Grand Prairie were hit particularly hard by the strong winds, and a tree fell on our power line and the transformer blew up. Not sure which happened first, but the transformer set the tree on fire.

I have to say, the TXU people are courteous and helpful, once you reach them. But their automated line dissembles.

I keep telling my son this is kind of like camping. It's kinda romantic too. And kinda not. Especially with 100 percent humidity and temperatures expected to hit the high 80s today. --Julie Lyons



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