We were awakened after midnight last night by the combination of an eerie silence punctuated by the plaintive beeps of four uninterruptible power supplies. Both were the result of a neighborhood-wide power failure of unknown origin, lasting less than an hour.

As I lay in the complete darkness (a rare phenomenon in itself; I'm not conscious of how many indicator lights and LED displays emit constant glows throughout the house until they're not there), my mind began to play with the implications of a prolonged power outage. Was this the way the end of civilization would begin? Our complete dependence on a reliable power grid seemed foolish and short-sighted at that point, but it was pretty much too late to do anything about it now.

But, I wonder, what does it say about me that my final thought before I drifted back to sleep was, dang, I just bought a gallon of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream.

Of course, the power came back on - it always does - and our ice cream survived just fine, but I'm not taking any chances, if you know what I mean. As they say, life's uncertain; eat dessert first.


I'd say it means your priorities are still intact. BBHV ice cream is more valuable than gold! ;-)

But the power could have gone off again!!!

There's nothing better than Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla except actual homemade vanilla.

Go ahead ... eat it ... they'll make more.

Thanks for flinging a Blue Bell cravin' upon my bad self.

At 9:24 p.m.

We lost power due to Ike 60 minutes into the malestrom, which for rural electrifcation is somewhat of a miracle considering the tall pines of East Texas.

Nacogdoches and the surrounding area was heavily affected by power outages. Name your electrical provider, and they were scurrying to get the lines up ASAP.

I lost 2-gallons of Blue Bell in the 6 day wait to reconnect. Chocolate and Vanilla Bean. Services were held. The remains were ceremoniuosly poured out behind the fence. A silent moment was observed. Tears were shed. Headed off to Krogers and bought replacements.

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