If you're wondering why there's road rage (to put it lightly) here in Baghdad, you don't have to look too far. Summer is here with a vengeance, and with no electricity to offset the 100 degree Fahrenheit temperatures, no one is getting a good night's sleep.
We've been of the lucky few who have been able to keep our generators on at night, with our air conditioner blasting. But last night, right before I was about to fall asleep at midnight, it broke down. I regretted not having slept a little earlier- I would've gotten a couple of hours of sleep before the heat woke me up. As it has it, I probably got around three hours of sleep last night, with no more than a one hour stretch at a time.
The electricity situation this year is much worse than it was last year at the same time. We're getting between 2-4 hours of electricity a day, not enough to cool down the house, keep the fridge/freezer cold, or get too many household chores done. And for the average Iraqi whose generator doesn't give out much electricity, its tough. Last night was a definite test for our neighbors and us. Even our babies aren't able to escape this heat. My neighbor's ten month old daughter, who doesn't handle the heat too well, kept her parents up fanning her all night long. Thankfully, my daughter was asleep by the time the electricity went out, and with a lot of tossing and turning, kept herself semi-comfortable.
Okay, I want to post this before the electricity goes off in a couple of minutes. Thank God for the simple pleasures of life- electricity!!!