No, not empowered with relation to the sadist.
He holds all the power.
More than ever.
Which is as it should be.
But there was a huge storm in the DC area while I was gone. Luckily, as reported by M--, who was feeding the kitties, I was without power for only around 4 hours. And reports that I was without Internet access were a false alarm. The cable for Internet and TV is fully intact. But a HUGE tree limb came crashing down from very high up on one of the county trees between the street and the sidewalk, and took down what may be either a now-unused phone line (as I now use my cell phone only) or the old cable line. In any case, it didn't affect my service, but the limb does need to be cleared away and the wire dealt with one way or another.
Power is still out at my office - so maybe I'll have tomorrow off as well!