Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Night the Lights Went Out in Whoville

My latest article on the Patch recounts our 24 hours in the dark last week when a (small) tornado hit Downers Grove.

We tried to make like Little House on the Prairie, and asked ourselves WWJDD?  What would Jebediah Downer do?

Risk killing his car battery by constantly using it to charge his iPhone so that his autistic daughter would have something to entertain her?  Why yes, that is exactly what he would do.  Click HERE to check it out.


  1. Two sets of friends live right over there and no longer have trees in their yards. Like huge Maples went into their neighbors yards. eek. Glad you made it out ok. The sirens went off here but this time we didn't have damage.

    And last year we had no power during the day for about 10 hours. Seriously have no idea what we would do. We are LAME I guess. My neighbors next door bought a natural gas generator a few years ago and while it sucks to hear it go off for testing weekly when it kicks on when we loose power we hate him just a little bit more. LOL.

  2. Oh man! I'm glad you all made it out ok!

    When the power goes out here, we also play the flashlight game. I have about a million flashlights that the kids can hold and use. It makes them feel better and it takes their minds off of all their 'lectronic stuff. And when it's bedtime, I got those battery operated night light things that I use only during outages. It's not an angel though :(

  3. I think Audrey's guardian angel actually used all of her power to ward off the tornado from your house. Glad you all were okay.

    Very funny recount of the whole thing!

  4. Now I'll have that Yahoo Doris song in my head all day. Thanks for that.

    Glad you're all safe.

  5. Power outages are horrible for our kids! I dread that moment that everything goes dark because the screams and tears are just moments away. If we know it's a possibility, I always try to keep a DVD player charged and our camping battery light nearby. We finally invested in a generator two years ago and guess what? Ever since - (knock on wood) we have not had to use it. (I know I just jinxed myself)...

  6. This post was awesome. The line about the homeless people is priceless.

  7. Wow. Like you don't already have enough going on in your life, right?! I AM wondering about your new backyard fence. Did it make it through the storm?