As the work day winds down, many of us who live in the parts of the East Coast still without power have to face the somewhat grim prospect of trudging off back into the dark and somehow occupying ourselves until it is morning again and time to, sigh, go back to work. So how best to entertain oneself? Here are some suggestions based on our own past two nights of candlelit tedium.
1. Play 20 Questions until you literally cannot think of another person, place, or thing. Sit in frustrating silence for minutes on end while your friend/lover/whoever tries to figure out what you're thinking of. Are you that cup on the table? Are you a crossbow? Are you that kid I hooked up with in college who now drives a pedicab? It can go on for hours. Once that gets old find a similar but altered game called Botticelli and play that at the one bar in your neighborhood that is open until you run out of cash and are forced to disappear back into the black.
2. Theorize about when the lights are going to come back on. Never acknowledge that you're doing this, but make a game out of offering the direr prediction. If your blackout mate says, "I think it'll be three days," you counter with, "No, it's going to be a week. There was an explosion, after all." Theorize about things getting hairy in your neighborhood, based solely on one agitated group of people waiting for a bus that you passed by that afternoon. "Things are going to get really bad before they get better," you should say in a grave tone. Shake your head, weary at the chaos of this new and terrible world. Secretly hope, and in some strange childish way assume, that the power is coming back on any minute now.