it is 4:30 p.m. in the holy city of zefat. the electricity just came back on. at about 11:00 a.m. the power went off. i assumed that it was a power outage in the neighborhood and was bummed out because i am lost without the telly. after a short time, i checked with a neighbor just to be sure it wasn't just me without lights. it turns out that it was just me. the power company finally shut off our electricity.
i have been fearing this for awhile and yet, i still believed that i had time to pay the bills. i was waiting for a reduction from the national insurance company and also for a good day to leave the house. i didn't receive any notices or warnings and i had no idea that i had been shut off until around noon. i called the electric company to ask how much i actually owed after the senior citizen discount. they couldn't tell me right away.
i had about $100 in cash and only one check left. i went to the super yesterday to get more bargains and used up my checks. i was planning on getting to the bank tomorrow. i woke up with a pain in my bad eye. it was tearing and hurting and i was in no shape to get out of bed. i didn't even make myself a hot drink. i figured that i would get to the power company next week to clear things up. when i finally realized that i had to get to the electric company right away i went straight into problem solving mode. i thought about running to the local cash machine but i wasn't sure that i had any money to withdraw.
i quickly threw on a jacket and ran to catch the bus to town. i went straight to the bank to check out my balance. luckily, i had some cash left to withdraw. i ordered new checks and jumped into a cab. the cab driver remembered me from two months ago when he drove me to the tel aviv bus in rosh pina. he owed me a receipt and gave me one today. i don't know if the health carrier will accept it and reimburse me. i got to the electric company, which is literally, at the other end of zefat, at about 12:45 p.m.
it didn't show on the computer that i had been cut off. the manager asked me for the turn off notice, which i didn't have because i never got one. the bill turned out to be a little over $400. i did get about a $200 reduction. the manager promised that the electricity would be turned back on in half an hour. i had about $2 left over. it was exactly enough money to ride the buses home. i started walking in the direction of the bus stop. it was a long haul.
i was at the bottom of the industrial zone. i tried to get a lift. no one was going back to town so i kept on walking. it was a warm and sunny day. i didn't really know where i was. i finally got a lift to a bus stop in the southern end of town. i caught the bus right away and made it back to town. the second bus was actually there so i avoided a 30 minute wait.. i got back to my neighborhood pretty soon and went to visit a friend. she wasn't home so i walked to the little super to see if they had any bargains. i bought a few tomatoes and went home. they were in the midst of revamping the store and nothing was organized yet.
i got home at 2:45 p.m. and there wasn't any electricity. i started my frantic calls. i was so afraid that the daughter-in-law would come home to a dark house. she was not a happy camper at all. she started calling in rapid fire hebrew but was told that we might have to wait until 9:00 p.m. by 4:00 p.m. it was already dark in my house. luckily it was a warm day and we were all siitting otside in the sun. i made my last frantic call about 4:30 p.m. and finally the lights went back on.
being without the t.v. and computer all day long was painful. i am a junkie. i am watching 7:15 a.m. reruns of the apprentice because the 'housewives' ended. i am totally unmotivated to read or do a project in the house. i have plenty to do here. there are walls to patch up and paint, and there is a lot to clean. i can't get started. my mind is working overtime making mental lists but my body doesn't follow up. i am a couch slouch!