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How I spent Monday evening

You may have noticed that the "Time2Vote" portion of the Cutline Contest topped Huckleberries Online for much of the evening Monday in place of the usual Wild Card and Parting Shot features that end the day's blogging. There's a reason for that. A system malfunction off site from our downtown Spokane office KO'd Huckleberries around 4:35 p.m. Monday. So I headed home early. Ate dinner. And was preparing to finish off the day's posting from home when the lights went off. They would stay off, except for a brief flicker or two, until after I hit the sack earlier than usual. I shoveled the driveway without outdoor light, after my neighbor did me a solid by snow-blowing the sidewalks. I snoozed by candlelight and wood stove heat, catching the Monday Night Football progress by cell-phone with a nephew in California. And I even wrote in my daily log by candlelight. I went to bed certain that the fine Avista crews would have things up and running by morning. They did. The power at my house never went out during Windstorm 2015 last month. As I shaved this morning, I realize that we take a lot of the niceties of suburban living for granted/DFO.

Question: Did the power go off at your house last night?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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