|Morgan Mandel and Rascal|
I opened the front door, stepped out, and saw a number of my neighbors already outside. One asked if she was the only one without power. That gave me my answer. I called the electric company, only to learn the problem was being investigated.
Feeling curious, I decided to take my dog for her second walk of the day, this time around the neighborhood. Maybe I could discover the cause of the outage.
Rascal and I headed across the street and up the block, where one of her doggie friends happened to be in her fenced yard. As the dogs greeted each other, I spoke to the owner, who said she'd heard the culprit was a tree on a power line. I wondered if she was correct.
I spotted electric company trucks and followed where they'd turned. An electric company representative confirmed that a huge tree had fallen on the power lines and it might take some time for power to be restored.
Being a pleasant day, I continued walking with Rascal, this time around the park, where children were playing on the swings, and younger ones were being walked in their strollers. The scene reminded me of the way things used to be when I was young, before the Internet and various gadgets made their appearance.
We started to head back when we ran into more dog owners, who were throwing balls and playing fetch with their dogs. I mentioned it seemed we were all out with our dogs, since, without power, we had nothing better to do. Before I could relay the reason, one of the dog owners beat me to it, by mentioning the tree on the lines. I didn't spoil his revelation by saying I already knew.
Almost two hours later, power was restored. However, the incident left me with some observations to share.
If we let it, electricity and all the gadgets we've come to rely on can exert more power than we realize. Even on nice days, it's way too easy to stay indoors and play with our adult toys, instead of enjoying the pleasant weather, not to mention the company of real live people.
And about those neighbors--wasn't it strange that although the electric company phone message offered no reason for the outage, almost all of my neighbors had gone out of their way to investigate the cause, and spread the word.
Wow, word of mouth still lives!
Okay, eventually, you knew I'd mention something about books in this post. For one thing, I'm glad I can use a computer now instead of using an olden days typewriter. It's so much easier to edit my books this way.
I confess to being guilty of shutting out the world during and after writing my books. I also rely heavily on the Internet for promotion. Given that word of mouth is obviously still powerful, I really should make an effort to reach people in person. It's a fun change of pace talking to real live people, instead of the imaginary ones in my head.
Experience the diversity & versatility of Morgan Mandel. Romantic Comedies: Her Handyman & its sequel, A Perfect Angel, or the standalone reality show romance: Girl of My Dreams. Thriller: Forever Young: Blessing or Curse. & its Collection Sequel: the Blessing or Curse Collection. Romantic suspense: Killer Career. Mystery: Two Wrongs. Twitter:@MorganMandel Websites: Morgan Mandel.Com & Morgan Does Chick Lit.Com.