The old man pt 3
The power was out so the old man left home and went to a local office store in town to ask a question or two. When he got there their lights were back on and the people that he wanted to see was at lunch. He walked around for a few minutes and sat next to the window waiting for their return. Finally one of the guys came in carrying a computer, that is what they do repair and setup computers. They talked for about 5 minutes and no obligations were established. As the day went on the old man felt tired and set in a chair and dozed off and on until the phone ranged. It was his sister hinting but not asking for any help. The conversation was about how financially stressed she was and no one wanted to help her. The old man was alert and understood not to volunteer.
The old man has retired for the night and is resting well alone in his bed.