Last night was sultry and sleep was far away. Suddenly - and this was suddenly - a loud clap of thunder announced two hours of hard rain. My UPS set up a screech. Though I was half awake, I bumped into nearly everything there was trying to get it to stop.
In the morning, I discovered most of the lights blinking sleepily. They were dim to almost off, and nothing worked.
Hence my absence. Just back from watching Ratatouille with my son. More tomorrow.