Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 02 July 2010 00:00
What is this? Are we in a third-world country?
In the past week, we- the Greenbergs of Jericho- have suffered two separate and debilitating outages.
First, we came home to a non-television evening. We had to listen to the Mets game on the radio. After that, there was nothing left to do but read. I am not into an interesting book at present, so The New York Post and Newsday were the reading material of choice.
On waking the next morning (after a somewhat nasty call to Cablevision), there were still no pictures on the tube. Alas! Alack!
Now, we were missing the wonders of tennis at Wimbledon. Can Roger Federer ever forgive us? The TV came back on at 4 p.m., just in time for the snide remarks of Judge Judy. The Internet functioned perfectly during the outage.
Back to normality- or so we thought.
On Saturday, during the second half of the USA versus Ghana World Cup semifinal soccer match, again the TV went dark. But this time, the whole house was out. The electricity was gone in this instance.
On my cell phone I called my son Gregg and he broadcast the entire second half to me. He is soccer-wise and did a fabulous job. Maybe a new career beckons for Gregg; he was better than Marv Albert.
Lorraine and I decided to get out of our electricity-less home and go out to eat and see a movie.
We went to Tofu Restaurant on Willis Avenue, then we saw the Joan Rivers movie in Manhasset, and thank goodness they had power. No surprises in the movie: Funny lines from a neurotic female comedienne.
When we returned, the nasty situation was solved. Turning all the clocks in the house to the correct time was the next chore. Many neighbors had been caught unable to extricate their cars from the garage. Others could not bring their cars into their garages. The streets were full of cars. Lorraine remarked “Who is having a party with all of these cars on the street?”
Has Jericho become a suburb of a third-world country? I realize a semi-tornado came through Roslyn and Great Neck with winds of over 90 miles per hour, but we are not used to prolonged outages.
We are just too darned civilized!