I came back from the third world to three days of no power. The freak T-storms of last Friday knocked out power through much of Baltimore, and from what I'm told by my new neighbors, several houses on one side of our block are on a tiny little grid that is often amongst the very last to get power back. Gallingly, apparently the other side of the street often gets power back a few days before we do; it is not uncommon to see power cords stretched across the street in that circumstance. I'm told to expect at least another few days without it.
It's also 100 fucking degrees out every day. I was almost totally unable to sleep Friday and Saturday nights.
One of the only bright spots of not having been able to sell our old house for 6 months is that at least there is power there, so we packed up a few bags and the dogs and headed over there yesterday. We set the dogs in the back yard, unloaded the cars, and then let the dogs in. They were outside for about 15 minutes - if I really think about it hard it's possible the time got away from us slightly but it was 20 minutes on the absolute outside.
Well, one of the dogs came back in with a really elevated breathing rate and really raspy, awful, croupy sounding breaths. Fortunately, the old house is just a few blocks from an emergency hospital. By the time I got Bruiser in there he had puked in the car and was really crashing. I ran inside. Thank god the people there were extremely responsive - I'd handed the dog off to someone who rushed him back within seconds of walking in. He had heat stroke; internal temp up to 106. They say I wasn't a minute too soon - 107 is where serious cell failure begins, apparently. The question is if he was up to that before we got him in....
...Anyways, poor little guy seems to be making a solid recovery from what we're told and can be discharged later today, but we have to keep an eye on things.
Didn't come cheap, either.
Anyways, so my power is still fucking out, I'm camping at my old house where there's no TV or any of our stuff, but at least there's AC, my dog almost died, and I've just walked back into the office after 2 weeks on the road to a whole slew of messes. Shit.