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Now that my house burned down, I have a better view of the moon [Aug. 16th, 2003|09:57 am]
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Blackout 2003

I suppose Thursday wasn't a total loss - LOL I did get this really nice postcard from Hydeist staff in my email. (last summer's post card Hyde was on the beach in Taiwan.. guess no chance to go to the ocean this year) Then at about 4:10 pm, I joined the 50 million or so people who lost power from New York to Canada. It was quite a spooky thing at first. I was at work (our generators kicked in after the power went) and there is a TV production lab in the dept. I work in. We all start looking at CNN and of course everyone thinks at first it is some Terrorist event. The ride home usually takes me 15 min, and took me over an hour. (no traffic lights)

No electricity - Water treatment plants don't work, phones usually don't work, Gas stations don't work.. etc.

We had some storms yesterday and there were worries that there would be sewage backup since the treatment plants weren't online yet.

Our power came on yesterday, but we haven't been able to use our a/c because it would be too hard on the weak power system(>.< the hottest days of the year - and Leigh took the one fan we had to the office - sigh - ).. Now news is that we will have to turn everything off at Noon - as they try to bring up the rest of the Metro Detroit Area.

We did see one cool thing on Thursday evening - Everyone in the area was without power .. and it was late at night and Leigh told me to go outside, he wanted me to see something. "Look!" he says, pointing to the night sky..

Stars!!! We could actually see the Milky Way!
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[User Picture]From: drops_of_colour
2003-08-16 08:16 am (UTC)
I lost power!! It was so not cool! I went 28 hours without it. -.- But it's back! Yay!^^ And that Hyde piccy is so adorable I love it!^^ I love how you almost always put up Hyde pics, cuz they're normally ones I don't have/haven't seen.^^
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[User Picture]From: nepenthes59
2003-08-16 04:51 pm (UTC)
I got an email from my brother in California - and he was blaming the power outage on Canadians

"Those wacky Canadians I tell ya. Somebody probably tried to stick a 3 prong plug in a 2 slot outlet. Oops, there goes the North East!"

haha Of course he is just joking - Windsor is 15 minutes away.. so we are really 'neighbors'.. We spent our childhood vacations in Rondeau Park

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From: milkyway85
2003-08-16 11:33 am (UTC)
You could see me? o.o XD
What a dork I am... -.-

But I know what you mean. Here in the city (10 000 people; but that's what it's called XD), usually the sky is lightned by all the traffic lights, reclam lights, etc. So one day I was in "Burgenland" (east-Austria) driving with the car over the fields in the middle of the night. And there were NO human beings in around 20 km, so you were able to see every little star up there in the sky ^-^ (at least, that is what I thought). I really felt like lying in the fields and stare up forever. But my parents didn't want to stop the car... >.
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[User Picture]From: nepenthes59
2003-08-16 04:28 pm (UTC)
^-^ Yes yes! lol I thought of you when I was writing that..

When we would go up to the Northern Penninsula of Michigan - it was so lovely at night. It is much less populated, so you can see the Northern Lights - aurora borealis..
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[User Picture]From: vkacademy
2003-08-16 03:38 pm (UTC)
That was a really cool post. Electricity is a wonderful thing. Too bad we had to give up the night sky for it...
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[User Picture]From: secretletters
2003-08-16 07:49 pm (UTC)
Wow~ I saw it news ~_~
I thought of you Helayne ^^;

kakkoi Hyde-kun XDDD he looks younger again *laughs*
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