Aug 29, 2010

Starving and Cold: Power Cut in Australia

We've been without electricity for 13 hours straight. No electricity = no lights, no ignition for cooking, food going bad in the fridge and freezer. No hot water, no heating, nothing. I'm writing this using the leftover power in my netbook battery. You would think we're living in the dark ages. In Cairns, Australia. A civilized country.

Good thing we have plenty of candles and blankets. I ate dry cereals for breakfast, hubby ate peanut butter sandwiches. The perishables in the fridge and freezer are dying by the second. Might have to go out for lunch. Could be tricky: we have no car & it's raining cats and dogs outside.

Electricity provider said it's the complex's fault (we live in a complex). Building manager said it's electricity provider's fault. Rental property manager went mad when we rang him up middle of the night, even though our rental contract said that no electricity = emergency situation. Obviously his "managing" skill only consists of taking our rental money. I wonder if we could sue him for that, and for the distress caused.

Whose fault is this? Who knows. All I want is for the power to be restored back. Soon.


GlossQueen said...

That's disgusting! I hope they get the power back on soon!

Music said...

Yup. In total 23 hours of no electricity. Finally they installed 3 rented truck-size generator for the whole complex.

Hubby so cheezed off with rental agent & the whole thing, said he wants to move to other city, depending on job availability. Which upset me, now that I'm feeling more settled I'm done with relocating, would like to stay at least a year after so much moving around in the past year...

GlossQueen said...

Are they going to compensate you for all the spoiled food? 23 hours without power just isn't acceptable.

Music said...

Don't think so. I threw away yoghurts, etc. and grilled all the defrosted chicken when the power came back. Too tired to claim from contents insurance, so I just let it go this time... Sucks, I know. :(

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