We went to the movies tonight. All of us. In fact pretty much the whole island community. The occasion? Closing night. Tomorrow the movie theater will close. Maybe for 30 days or maybe for good. The Tribune said the theater was due to "inexplicably shut down." We had a laugh about that. The Variety said "insurmountable utilities cost" and just generally the poor economy here on Saipan. That's pretty much what we all figured.
There may not be any school tomorrow. There may not be any power tomorrow. The public utility was unable to pay for enough fuel to last until the next scheduled delivery and they expect to run out tomorrow. Of course, with nobody having any power that they have to pay for this could become a never-ending cycle. Will they ever have enough money to supply the whole island again? Case wrote a report for the hospital detailing the foreseeable problems that would be caused by an extended power outage. The big problem will be water, which is a problem here even on good days. Cholera (among other things) may take a little jump, but hey, at least we won't freeze to death.
And the governor has postponed his State of The Commonwealth address until May 3. Why bother?