A semantic(s) explosion

I was thinking back to that time about a year ago where I found myself in a tense semantics argument about what constitutes an “explosion” with a 911 operator.  There was work being done on the weekend on the northwest corner of 33rd and Keswick, and some water utility workers accidentally blew up a buried transformer and killed the power for about a one-block radius.  Even the 7-11 was out of power.  Afterwards when the power was back on, I asked Ishwar, the 7-11 cashier, what he did during the outage, how he managed the customers that continued trickling into the store.  He just shugged his shoulders and pursed his lips.  His English wasn’t very good, but later I was sure we shared something there in that moment.

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