01-13-07. Saturday. Wow, where to start. (Im catching up on the last 4 days since Ive been without an internet connection.) As you read on my last entry, the ice storm was underway. We lost our internet connection as I was typing that caption. We lost our electricity shortly thereafter.
We spent the night in dark silence listening to the trees in the woods behind our house snap, crackle, and pop. Every minute, we would hear another crash and a thud as another tree gave way. I could also see flashes of light across the sky each time a power line or transformer shorted out. It looked like a summer lightning storm across the dark sky. I didnt sleep very well that night. I woke up at about 2:00 AM and couldnt go back to sleep. I was worried about all the usual stuff when the power goes out.
Finally at about 4:00 AM, I worried about the food in the freezer long enough that I decided to do something about it. I had a hunch that we would be without power for a few days. Normally, I would just set the food outside, but it still wasnt quite cold enough to keep frozen foods frozen solid. So, I decided to track down some dry ice at 4:00 in the morning. I knew that it would be a hot commodity, so I wanted to get it while I could.
As I drove through our neighborhood, I felt like I was driving through a war zone. I had to weave through trees fallen across the road. As I got into town, I couldnt believe how dark it was. It was incredibly eerie to drive through Springfield in complete darkness. Stoplights, streetlights, gas stations, even Wal-Mart and Lowes were completely dark. At 4:00 AM there werent many cars either, so it felt like I was alone in my quest to drive across the dark city.
I had planned on stopping at the Wal-Mart closest to our house. I figured Wal-Mart would be the only place open at 4:00 that would carry dry ice. Unfortunately, our Wal-Mart was in the dark. I ended up driving all the way across town to find another Wal-