August 14, 2003

Power Outage

Power outages in the East? Finally, we hear reports about power problems and they're not talking about California's energy crisis.

Sucks for the people stuck in the NY subways, though. Looks like the escalators won't be working. Not that they worked when NY had power.

Posted by Shelby at August 14, 2003 02:03 PM

Oy! It wasn't *just* New York! :)

(For those who don't know me, I live in southeast Michigan, also hit by the "Great Blackout of 2003," as the media has dubbed it.)

I was without power for about 21 hours. It had its frustrations, of course. It took me 1 1/2 hours just to come home due to traffic. Thankfully I had a stash of emergency food - bottled water, granola bars, and dried fruit - plus a flashlight, candles, and a battery-operated radio. (You'd think this would be commonplace, but it's not. I talked to a support tech at AT&T Wireless who spent time in a tornado shelter in which none of her neighbors had brought such simple things.) I'm also thankful I had a thick book and a puzzle magazine to keep me occupied. I did get a good look at the stars when there was no light pollution. It was also helpful to have my parents just a phone call away, especially when I started getting stir crazy for lack of human company.

The water pressure is still way low out here. No shower, no flushing...

It's an experience to remember, that's for sure!

Okay, enough! This isn't my blog... :)

Posted by: Erik at August 15, 2003 04:14 PM
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