Monday, October 16, 2006

Out of Time 

The power failed last night for an unknown length of time. I didn't think much about it until a few minutes ago when the horrible thought occurred that the clock had stopped too. Sure enough, I'm late.

We don't think much about electricity until it is missing. That's a dubious PR success that power companies have created. Their best relationship is invisibility. They remind us constantly that they are here to serve our interests. We don't acknowledge that service until the power goes out. It strikes me that we use power in the same way families once used servants. They are there -- until they aren't.


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