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Ole Fashioned E-lectricity

Because of the storm in Richmond yesterday, we had to close our Richmond office. Virginia Beach and South Carolina offices probably had mixed emotions. Nice to close, but thankful that they had power. It’s the first time that I remember closing “because of rain”. It also slowed down the blog this morning.

As a kid, I used to be excited to know that I was going to a Tidewater Tides baseball game. One time, it was raining; but it was still early in the morning. I called the ballpark and the receptionist said that the game had been canceled.

I know that it was canceled because of rain, but a twelve-year-old who is excited about going to the game cannot  accept that. I called a few more times until I got the Assistant General Manager on the phone. I think his name was Pat Mooney.

“Come on Pat, why have you canceled the game”, I said. I could tell that he didn’t feel like dealing with a kid. “Grounds too dry”. I still laugh at that one.

Yesterday, the ground was definitely not too dry. But, this morning, I saw business success in action.

I like coffee in the morning… I need coffee in the morning!  So, I headed off to find a coffee place. I had to travel a few miles because, just like my house, there was no electricity. Finally, I saw a stop light that was lit up. It was unusual to feel some excitement in seeing a red light.

I could see cars in front of the stores. Side by side stands an Einstein Bagels and a Starbucks. I am one of those “anything but Starbucks”.

When I got up close, I quickly saw that Einstein’s was closed. But, there was Starbucks doing a booming business. Had to give Starbucks credit. A good reminder on how to beat the competition. Someone at Einstein’s had decided early that they were not going to open, because of the lack of power. Sometime during the night… good ole fashioned e-lectricity.

Last night without even a fan, it felt like camping. Well, except for the 500 thread count sheets.  I was like pic o’ day, I finally just collapsed:

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