This is a screenshot I grabbed off my phone the day after an insane storm blasted through Maryland. What you’re looking at is an outage map for the immediate area around where we live. Each of those blue triangles represent multiple outage points…in all, our power company ended up reporting a total of 19,727 individual points of failure throughout their system. Some of these problems were as minor as a power box that needed to be rewired, while others were as major as entire substations that were decimated.

Hello, dear readers! It’s been four days since the crazy storms came through Maryland, and our apartment complex is still without power (we had multiple trees down on multiple power lines, and they didn’t get the trees removed until yesterday, so it will probably still be another day or two before we get power back.) Naturally, now that my hand is feeling good enough to type up articles, I haven’t been able to do so! I’m writing this update on my phone, and if there’s anything it’s proven to me, it’s that I hate writing with a touchscreen -_-;;

Brittnie has spent a bunch of time on her Japanese lessons, while I’ve been playing through Unchained Blades on my PSP. We’ve also been playing Skip-Bo on our DS’s together, as well as playing rummy by the light of an LED lantern. Everything has been kept charged up thanks to our UPS. (Side note: for tips on how to keep living the nerd life during a power outage, check out this article we wrote early last year after a snow storm knocked out our power for three days.) Once our power is restored, the Nerd Cave will be back in business, and we’ll start getting some articles posted up. There’s a metric buttload of them floating around my head, so stay tuned!

I’d like to close out this update by taking a moment to give a HUGE thanks to the line workers, tree cutters, call center agents, and everyone else that have been doing 16-hour shifts in 100-degree heat in an effort to get everyone’s power back. Your hard work is highly appreciated!