My husband said it was because I was vacuuming. I thought it was because we had the air conditioning running for the first time this summer. At 3:40 yesterday afternoon we lost power…as did a million-plus people in Southern California, Arizona, and Mexico.
I read that it was “operator error” and more may come out about it, but the event was unprecedented here and was an interesting exercise in where new technology has taken us.
Not that far.
First, we polled the neighbors. Yep, not just us, and someone came home and told us lights were out across town. We dredged up a runs-on-batteries radio and learned just how widespread the outage was…and quite a bit of fear-mongering from the DJs and callers-in. “Unnerving” and “scary” were among words they threw around. Didn’t feel that way at our house…though our family of four was all home at the time. We have two landline phones and the dh was able to call his folks and know they were okay too.
Two friends of Son1 came by on bikes and we invited them for dinner such as it was…beans and weenies (since we have a gas cooktop), a big salad, and a bag of potato chips (we took a trek to our grocery store hoping to pick up some steaks, but they’d closed). We ate by candlelight and the kids switched from news to football on the radio. (Son2, big on fantasy football, was hoping they’d postpone a non-local game since he was going to have to miss it! Of course that didn’t happen.)
Most interesting/frustrating was that our cell phones didn’t work. We suspect it was the high volume. The radio told us to stay off of them but tweet and text, which we couldn’t do for several hours. Our landline phones were without a dial tone after a while too. I think that was the only thing that niggled at me…feeling like we had no ability at one point to contact “the outside.”
But of course we had friends and neighbors all around us. Everyone checked on everyone else. When our cell phones started working again, our neighbors across the street contacted us from their vacation home in Mexico and told us how to “break into” their house so we could help ourselves to the food they feared would spoil in their fridge and freezer.
By midnight we had power again. But I’m an early riser so I was already asleep and woke up around 2 am to discover Son1 gaming on his computer. All was back to normal, I guess. No school today, so the dh (a teacher) will be home. Think I’ll set him to scraping candlewax off the kitchen countertop.
Any interesting stories from the last time you lost power? The dh wants to buy a generator now, though this is the first time we ever lost power like this and it’s unlikely to happen again!