What I Did On My Summer Vacation

by Marinka on August 30, 2011

My summer vacation was a lot of fun. I spent time with my family upstate. We were in a house in the Catskills. There was a lot of fresh air and mountains.

We played outside and went for walks. We saw many deer eating apples from the apple tree and we saw a teenage bear, too! You never see things like that in NYC. It was great!

We did not have a TV in the Catskills, so we read a lot of books. I like reading! It’s fun and you learn a lot of things.

Then there was a big hurricane and we lost electricity. That wasn’t fun and I learned that I didn’t like it.

Here is a list of things that we couldn’t do because we didn’t have electricity.

1. Turn on the light
2. Turn on the electric stove
3. Turn on the oven
4. Turn on the coffeemaker
5. Turn on the toaster
6. Turn on the microwave
7. Take a shower
8. Charge our cell phones
9. Charge our computers
10. Charge our air card for WiFi
11. Operate the electric chair

I learned that I really liked electricity. A lot. As a matter of fact I love it. Marinka + Electricity 4Eva

I don’t know why people waited so long to invent it. Probably because they had to go to sleep at 8pm when it got dark and they couldn’t make coffee in the morning so they were tired and cranky. I know I was!

I have a new understanding and appreciation of history.

I asked Husbandrinka, “ Who is the person who invented electricity, Thomas Edison?” I also wanted to know why there aren’t more bridges dedicated to that fine man and why his picture isn’t more prominently displayed. Like on the American flag, for example.

“No,” Husbandrinka said. “Thomas Edison commercialized electricity, but it existed before him. Even the ancient Greeks had the concept.”

He looks unsure. This is where Wikipedia would come in super handy. And then he tells me that he thinks Ben Franklin actually invented it.
“Fantastic!” I tell him. “Let’s go fly a kite and reinvent it.”
Is that right? Or do we need to shoot an arrow through an apple on top of someone’s head?

History is so confusing.
And I haven’t had a hot cup of coffee in ages.
So, in conclusion, I had fun on my summer vacation.

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magpie August 30, 2011 at 8:37 am

Oh the joys. Did you get home?


August 30, 2011 at 9:09 am

Yeah, it was Ben Franklin with the kite, right? I HAVE electricity and a laptop under my fingertips and I’m still too lazy to google it. Hope you get to leave your Little House on the Prairie soon.


annie August 30, 2011 at 11:59 am

My summer vacation mostly involved large quantities of gasoline. But in a car, not on a campfire or fireworks or anything fun like that. History is also not fun. I hope you are home now and can shower. Families + soap =happiness4evah!


August 30, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I like your essay about summer vacation. I learned a lot from it, like how important electricity is to the Google. The scariest part was where you couldn’t turn on the coffee maker. I hope you did not cry much, but it is ok if you did.

See you at recess!


julia August 30, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Hope you’re home, enjoyed your essay!!!


August 30, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Whoever it was they were genius, as are we for bring able to use it. Clap ourselves on the back.


Loukia August 30, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Best post EVA!


Kara August 30, 2011 at 1:51 pm

And people used to LIVE like that!


Tonya August 30, 2011 at 2:16 pm

No coffee???? See this is where my ridiculous compunction to stock up on Red Bull in preparation for Irene would have come in handy for you. Although warm Red Bull probably not the best.


TinnefromTandT August 30, 2011 at 4:16 pm

I believe Franklin flew the kite to prove that lightning did something special with a key. And Edison invented the electrical lamp if I am correct. I’m probably not, my specialisation is the Tudor period and pré-Napoleontic table manners.

Signed, the commenter formerly know as From Belgium


August 30, 2011 at 4:46 pm

I would marry electricity if I could.

Same goes for plumbing.



the mama bird diaries
August 30, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Leave there at once. Drive, hike, swim, whatever you have to do and get back to the city. STAT.


August 31, 2011 at 1:41 am

Did the Ben Franklin kite thing involve a key? Because that’s where I get confused.

I’m sure the teenage bear could help us figure it out. They think they know EVERYTHING.


A Mommy in the City
August 31, 2011 at 8:57 am

Oh no! How long were you without power? I don’t think I would’ve made it!


dusty earth mother August 31, 2011 at 9:54 am

I have been known to french kiss electricity.


annie August 31, 2011 at 10:32 am



August 31, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I don’t know how I’d survive without electricity. How would my haagen dazs stay cold? How would I have my evening tea? How in the world would survive if my phone ran out of power?

You are so brave. I may have driven to a location with electricity by day three.


Lena Teegal September 1, 2011 at 6:59 pm

The ice cream would just have to be all eaten in one sitting. There are advantages to blackouts including consuming unlimited amounts of cupcakes.


elizabeth-flourish in progress
August 31, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Marinka + Electricity 4Eva

Please take pics when you get the tattoo. There’s going to be a tattoo, right?


Anna Nonamus
August 31, 2011 at 5:37 pm

If God had meant for us to live without electricity, he wouldn’t have birthed out the person who eventually became the Fore Father of Thomas Edison. Or something.

I’m an electric loving kind of girl. Until the monthly bill comes. Then I’m running around screaming like my dad used to, and shutting off lights, and TV’s, and screaming that WE’RE NOT MADE OF MONEY!!


Anna Lefler
August 31, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Off to tell my husband to go fly a kite.



The Flying Chalupa
August 31, 2011 at 6:50 pm

History almost doesn’t even matter when you don’t have electricity. Only coffee matters. And wifi.

I hope you are back in the land of the lit (lights and wine! together!). Here’s to the end of hurricane season!


ladyday September 1, 2011 at 1:52 am

LOL we just got our electricity back today and my husband said he wanted to post a Thank You to Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison as his FB status (because Ben and Thom are totes on FB).

Electricity is the bomb diggity!


Mwa (Lost in Translation) September 2, 2011 at 5:49 am

Marinka + Electricity 4Eva


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