Turn Off Your TV (or the birds will do it for you)

It you are ever without power for an entire evening – I highly recommend a game of Spongebob Squarepants Monopoly. And margaritas. On the rocks of course – your blender doesn’t work, remember.

No – really.

So because we live in this neighborhood – a silly bird took down our power for more than 10 hours yesterday. It was off when I got home from work – my husband had just checked with PGE and they estimated 7pm for restoration so we decided to head out for dinner. Mexican food and margaritas sounded good, so we headed over to one of our favorite Mexican joints – El Dorado on NE Glisan just west of 82nd. It’s not a fancy place and I’m sure their food is to basic or Americanized for many Portlanders ‘authentic’ taste-buds – but their seafood dishes are stuffed full of fresh ingredients, simply spectacular and their margaritas are to-die-for! Gigantic, tasty, strong and cheap. And the staff is always super friendly. A perfect place to spend a powerless evening.

Once we got home, we discovered we still didn’t have power – so we figured we’d better look for flashlights and candles where there was still enough daylight to do so. Normally after dinner out like that we probably would have ended up watching TV or a movie, or on our computers… but instead we pulled a game out of the credenza… and set up a table full of candles, plastic pineapples and headed into Bikini Bottoms.

Our power didn’t come back on until after we’d gone to bed (well after the second estimate of 9pm) so not only was this a good test for us to be sure that we did have a supply of candles, flashlights with working batteries and a radio with batteries, but I believe I read somewhere that this is “turn off your TV week” – which is something I’m really bad at doing – so it was kind of nice actually that the dumb bird forced us to do so.

I highly recommend it.

3 Comments so far

  1. dieselboi on April 22nd, 2008 @ 12:56 pm

    So who won?


  2. divebarwife on April 22nd, 2008 @ 1:38 pm

    after more than 2 1/2 hours of play, the game is still set up on the table… ;)


  3. nolando on April 22nd, 2008 @ 1:46 pm

    I thought all was lost but I climbed back into it, with all the capitalist zeal that epitomizes spongebob…

    Oh and it was Pacific Power I had to get the 411 from, not PGE.



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