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Una Noche Sin Luces en Esperanza

There has been no electricity on Vieques since about 5:30 pm (Tues). A bit of research leads me to believe it’s got something to do with solar flares and an earthquake in the DR, followed by a tremor in western Puerto Rico. However, friends in San Juan say they have power. Not really sure what’s going on. The lights flickered on for a second around 7, but nothing since.

With no power, the stars above Esperanza are epic. Orion’s belt is kit up like a Christmas tree. The darkness is complete, and stunning. The only sounds are tree frogs, distant dogs and the hum of several generators.

We are camping again, this time in a cement tent with running water and beds. I’m ok with it.


Statement Of Fact

It’s ridiculously cold out, and I’m sitting on my porch alone at 4:41 in the morning, smoking endless amounts of cigarettes that my body does not really want. It’s so cold that my red wine, which I poured out of the bottle not ten minutes ago, is now as cold as if it had been iced. I have to admit that as much as I resent the cold right now, I’m glad that the mugginess of summer is, at least for the time being, over. There are always more layers to add, and there’s nothing more satisfying when you’re cold from head to toe than to crawl underneath a lush down comforter, which is what I’m about to do. I’ll be damned if I’m gonna see 5 a.m. for nothing again.