Jorge Milanes Despaigne
Despite large government investments made to improve the energy situation here, shortages are still not uncommon. All you need is a little wind or rain and the electric company will immediately shut off our power, which they claim to be a precautionary measure.
Yesterday, however, that wasn’t quite the case. This time they disconnected the power at the start of the day without a faintest breeze passing through the Cojimar community.
It’s been a while since something like that happened. This caught us by surprise, because in the ‘90s —when we had alumbrones (only brief periods of light)— we were always prepared with battery-operated lights, kerosene lamps or simply candles.
“What the hell! It’s seven in the morning and the current is already off!” I heard one neighbor yell.
I couldn’t even see my hands in the pitch black darkness. I somehow found my house shoes under the bed, put them on and felt around for the door to let in what little pre-dawn light there was outside.
I continued down the hallway to the bathroom and turned on the shower, but there wasn’t any water. Nor could I turn on the pump to the water tank. Nevertheless, I was able to drink some water and wash up a little using the water in a big plastic bottle I had in the refrigerator… “I’ll have to get breakfast on the way to work,” I told myself. “That’s right; I need to leave for work in good spirits.”
At the bus stop, everyone was talking about what had occurred, since it was unusual for that time of day.
“It’s a hassle to get up and not have any water!” one person griped.
“And later they’ll show just the opposite on the news, just like how they recently featured Cojimar as a model for the quality of public works being realized,” commented another person.
“We’ll just have to wait and see if we have cold water and electricity when we get home,” I thought, though this turned out to be no less than the first of three such trying days – ones like you couldn’t imagine.