Day137: One less squirrel...

I actually took this photo late last night, after I had posted yesterday's photo. Right after I posted yesterday's photo I heard a loud "zzztttt" sound followed by a big pop, then the power went out. Since the sound was so close I went outside to see what had happened. At first I though lightning might have hit a transformer as we had storms off and on all day, but it wasn't raining. I didn't see anything unusual except the absence of lights. I went back inside and listened to the crickets chirp and a frog croak as the last bit of light faded from the sky. It was really a bit strange. No red, blue, or green blinking lights anywhere in the house....no lights on the cable box, modem, computers, no digital clock on the stove, microwave, or coffee pot. Total darkness. What seemed like quite a while later I could here a big truck making its way slowly down my street. It was the power company repair truck. I went outside to see what was going on, as did several of my neighbors. The driver put the big supports down on the truck, then his partner got in the bucket and was raised up to the transformer. After they worked for a bit the power came back on. The driver came over to our little group of on lookers and told us a squirrel had tried to get in a spot it didn't belong causing a fuse in the transformer to blow. He joked that the squirrel wouldn't do it again though, because he was now "fried squirrel". The workers also told us the power was out not only on our street, but also on the main road for about a quarter mile stretch, all because of the blown fuse from a nosey little squirrel.