The End that never came!
Normally this is not such a big deal, power outages are common even though not quite often. But having seen Steven Spielberg-Tom Cruise thriller "The War of Worlds" just a night before, I would not say I was very comfortable about the whole situation.
For those who haven't seen the movie, I will try to mention few things without revealing the whole plot of the movie. Please stop reading NOW if you don't want to know anything about the movie. The concept of the movie is how methodically aliens attack Earthlings by managing to get huge winds, orchestrating thunders andlighteningg,take out electricity of the whole area (where they plan to attack) including blowing up the car starters with a idea of making everyone comeout of their homes,cars and basically have them visible on the streets but not able to speed away using automobiles and thus giving them a chance to kill humans in huge numbers. Hope you get the picture (if you don't you shouldn't be reading this blog, I never made sense in any of my earlier blogs anyway. So either you are an eternal optimist or a fool not to learn from your mistakes of expecting too much out of my blog).
Anywho, there I was looking at people standing outside of Walmarts, Krogers, Coffee places and every shop in that strip mall. I could also see people not able to pump gas in their cars. People started walking, quite impatiently. I see fear on people's faces while the guy next to me blew off packet of cigarettes in no time. Being in wireless industry for few years, made me check if the wireless service was available. I called up the same people who went along with me to the movie last night. Lucky for them they were far away from the place where I was and seem to get quite concerned about the whole situation. I was quite glad that the nearby wireless signal tower is working fine. The traffic was jammed, there were emergency trucks and ambulances driving by. There were so many people on the streets like I have never seen before on those roads.
I asked the Quizno's employee who looked like a Hispanic in her teens "How long was the power gone". Either its my accent or my English or both she doesn't seem to understand what I was asking.
"I don't know" an animated response using her hands. I tried to rephrase my question couple of other ways, but to my frustration she had the same answer.
"What's going on.Am I going to see Aliens now." I looked down to the ground where I am standing.(that's where they come from in the movie).
" Is this it?. But I am not even married. I did not even once had 50 comments on my blog. I have not returned Gigli, Yaadein, Tarzan the Wonder car (sheepish look) DVD's yet"
My situation reminded me of the famous Homer Simpson quote
"I'm normally not a praying man, but if you're up there, please save me Superman! "
In retrospect, all my education and knowledge and all the effort of trying to be smarter is a waste and useless infront of these over powerinmonstrousus aliens if they decide to appear. It again reminded me of another Homer Simpson quote
"how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain. Remember when I took that home winemaking course, and I forgot how to drive?"
So many thoughts trying to gate crash my already stressed brain then suddenly I heard a sweet voice " What do you like to have" the Quizno's girl came out and asked me.
Suddenly I see around the electricity is back. Everyone is already inside the shops and life seem to be normal again in no time. I took my regular Veggie S.wich with extra lettuce no dressing and started the car. So much for aliens attack and my imagination. Sheesssh!!
by gvenum @ 4:00 PM 8 comments