It happen late one night
! How my higher self teaches me lessons of life.
Yes all I had to do was to start talking about power backup systems and the what I call the third stage 2x4 message came quickly.
Early on in my life I realized that being an Italian New Yorker I was a little different than my midwestern college mates. When my Higher Self (yes I am expounding esoteric here) wanted me to be aware of a life lesson I would get three chances to GET IT.
First "a little tap on the shoulder". In this case it was when the greenhouse extension cord got un-plugged. I missed this message and just plugged it back in.
Second the "Smack on the back of the Head" ( yes this really happens to some folks by parents and friends) this should have gotten my attention. As I was posting some information here on Backup systems etc. Missed it again.
Third the "2x4" This is my higher self hitting me smack in the forehead with a 2x4. So what happen you may ask?
Well at 10 pm on a sunday while watching TV show Leverage we heard a pop and lost all power to the house. I assumed it was on the main road about 1/8 from the ranch house we live in. But a quick walkabout outside provided that only we were powerless (should have gotten this hint). I did the usual, checked breakers. Did I pay the bill etc. Well then I called Progress Energy. To make this way too long experience less painful for you - alas they sent out a truck. Oh yeah they said they would have it fixed by 1 am.
SOOOOOO my aeration and pump were down from 10 pm to WHEN! I have 100 5" and above fish in one 250 gal tank. I also have a 100 gal aquarium on my back pool deck with 12 frigid breeders ( I think the two males in this tank are gay) now without air and pumps. I didn't even think about these guys until morning. Blog spoiler ( no fish died). Well the truck arrived at 11:30. I had go get up from bed in of house without air-conditioning. Wide awake of course and sweating. I heard the door knock and found a very large PE guy in blue coveralls with a bucket truck in my front yard. We discussed how he could get his truck in the fields. NOW a little explanation of why we had this conversation. The ranch house we live in is surrounded by 20 acres of pasture with 12 bulls in them. Two of them are Brahman and are twice the size of the angus etc. Well the big power guy wasn't going to get out of his truck if the bulls are around. Luckily I was able to get him in his truck into the field and he safely spent the next hour or so cutting tree limbs and succeeded in accessing the Transformer that was on the pole. ( see photo-click to enlarge above. that white spot is the moon just laughing at me the whole time) Alias we had blown a Transformer breaker. So by 1 am we had power back.
All seemed to be working fine. The pumps etc came back on and I gave it all a quick review and went back to bed. WRONG!! I guess that 2x4 hadn't finished its smack yet.
When the morning came I went out to feed the 100 tank and all seemed well and I realized that I didn't even think about it the night before. BUT when I went out the feed the piranha that are disguised as Tilapia (named that after the way the eat) in the greenhouse I found that the 2nd tank had pumped out and only had only 4 inches of water and the two fish I couldn't catch in it now pretty pissed off. Hmm that was the strange noise I had not heard before from the greenhouse. The tank on the left with all of the fish in it was about half down. SOMETHING was wrong! I moved the two sneaky little guys to the populated tank and started filling the low one. I did some quick plumbing checks and found out the sump pump was not working. DAMM float valves!
WHO KNOWS WHY these things happen is still the lesson I have to learn.
Any way all is well. HA you say. What is the lesson?
STILL no back up plan. So now to avoid the fourth step of the lesson. I have managed not to get to this stage in the past and to be honest I fear that it is scaled way up from a 2x4. I am now actively implementing a backup plan. So follow along and see if I get it right.
Step one - get a small generator.
Step two - figure out the rest. QUICKLY.