The sounds of chain saws, rumbling trucks, and back up warnings are lovely music to the neighborhood. Just maybe, there will be power tonight!
I remembered hearing about tethering smartphones for internet access. At the moment, my MacAir is connected via USB to my Droid X using a neat little application called PdaNet. Not to be confused with creating a costed hotspot, this free app hops on my unlimited data plan. It's pretty fast, too. Nothing like my broadband's +20Mbps but the just tested 1Mbps works just fine for these kind of situations.
So here I am typing away with delight on my laptop, my little LED light clipped on to light the keys, and my phone drawing power from the laptop. Of course, this means that I can see the battery slowly slipping away but the promise of a recharge hovers nearby.
It's been rather peaceful here without the distracting appliances. I reread most of Koo Schadler's "Egg Tempera Painting". Same for Virgil Elliott's "Traditional Oil Painting". Last and certainly not least, a few chapters from Ernst van de Wetering's "Rembrandt The Painter at Work".
This is how I enter retirement. A fine beginning! :-)