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Anyone's lights on?

I'm guessing many of the New Yorkers out there won't be reading this for a while until power comes back on for you.  So if you are in NYC (or elsewhere that had the power go out), please post and let us know that power is back on and how things are for you.

Here in Morris County NJ, a few traffic lights were out yesterday afternoon, but that was about it.

God bless and keep you all.

Jim Rankin
Friday, August 15, 2003

Time to actually invest in some public services, perhaps?

Friday, August 15, 2003

In CT power was lost in many cities and towns but most are back up. Norwalk-Fairfield area went down around 4:15, Waterbury went down a while later.

In Stratford, two towns up the coast from Fairfield, power blinked twice around 4:15 but that was it. I guess we were right on the edge of the blackout.

A friend who lives in the 14th & Ave A area is still dark but other people he knows in Harlem, Wash Heights, and some other places are back on.

Friday, August 15, 2003

abt 7pm on saturday the lights came on here in midwood, bklyn
Friday, August 15, 2003

Here in Toronto, Canada, the majority of us got our power back sometime during Friday (I got it back Fri. at 2:00 PM.

However, the power supply is still unstable in our province, so the subway system (unlike you folks in the Big Apple) is not running.

Well, the big test will be Monday, when a full workday power demand will be put on our grid. There is talk of rolling blackout for a few days next week.

Sunday, August 17, 2003

marktaw, what was Brooklyn like in the dark?  More Good-Samaritan-y or Law of the Jungle-y?  What was it like for you, personally?

Jim Rankin
Sunday, August 17, 2003

fine... i didn't know how big the blackout was at first, i was napping. I thought it was just half of my apt. cuz my alarm has a battery and only my gf's alarm clock was out....

Then I looked out in the living room... everything was off. so i wentback to bed. I figured the whole apt was out, maybe the bldg and the super would take care of it.

Then i open the door... and the hallway light is on. So I turn on my walkman and find out about the scope of the blackout.

My initial reaciton is... this is huge. How can I somehow get involved? Allow this event to make a lasting impression on my life. I wish I was in midtown instead of the middle of Brooklyn. It must be interesting there...

Anyway. I called my GF... I was supposed to be upstate camping, but the car didn't start that morning, so I stayed home... a leak in the fuel line. Not good. She thought she was going to have to stay at home alone in the dark, so she was very happy to hear from me.

When she got home, I went for a walk with her. We went to a chinese restaurant... they were using a flashlight to get around and gave us our food to go. A pizza place down the block was only selling pies, and the owner pulled his car up on to the sidewalk for light. A bar was open, but everyone was drinking outside the bar...

My GF wanted to go home cuz it was getting dark. I had some pocket flashlights, but she was still afraid it would get pitch black. So we went home. The neighbors were outside the building on folding chairs... playing dominos in the remaining light.

I brought a folding table and chairs down and we sat and ate outside with them. After we ate, we looked up at the sky... the stars. All the neighbors were talking, having fun. It was really nice.

Once the neigbors went back to their apartments around 10-11pm, my gf and I went up on the roof & looked at the stars.... The moon was very bright & we looked at it through binoculars. Mars was beautiful... big red star. We napped a bit on the roof, and then went to bed.

It was hot and I was having trouble getting comfortable, so I got the spray bottle I use when I iron or need to spritz my hair if it's sticking up in a funny direction & sprayed it on myself.... wow it does wonders to cool you off.

In the morning I woke up... I was a little bored. My acoustic guitar also broke, so I couldn't play.... the car wouldn't start, there was a blackout, and my guitar didn't work. All in the same day.

Anyway, I survived, i forget what I did for entertainment.. i was thinking of going bike riding, but it was 94 degrees... and I couldn't be gauranteed cold water when I got to the store at the end of my trip, or AC when I got home, though the shower was ice cold...

After my gf got home from work (they let her leave early), we went back up on the roof. I live right next to a hospital, so we heard sirens all day long. All night long. But somethingn changed around 7:00... and i thought to myself... House alarms? And I peeked over the edge and.... traffic lights were blinking! Though people weren't driving like they were. They were still trying to go through the red lights like they didn't exist, or maybe they just forgot how to look.

And that's when the lights came back on.
Monday, August 18, 2003

This is a fun post.. You can see me go from informal chat grammer to more formal JoS forum posting grammar.
Monday, August 18, 2003

I watched a DVD on my roommates i-book.  Even a power outage cant keep me from being a total geek :)

Michael H. Pryor
Monday, August 18, 2003

I did some driving around the night of the blackout through Brooklyn and Queens dropping some coworkers off, and everything seemed pretty orderly.  Having huge masses of humanity coming off the bridges pretty well screwed traffic.  Many good samaritans were directing traffic.  Brooklynites apparently don't realize not to use high beams if there is someone driving in front of you.  I was lucky to get my power back 8am friday morning. 

Some nasty brownouts late friday evening made me worry we were going to lose it again, but so far, so good.  Not very heavily reported is the fact that there was a run on gasoline the next day.  Lines at the gas stations that still had gas, and many completely ran out.  Very frustrating when you are down to fumes.

There was some report a shoe store being looted in Brooklyn, but they never say what neighborhood.  Definitely the exception for this blackout, everyone was in good behavior, save some kids making a racket while everyone had their windows open for the night.  If only the mosquitos had been so well behaved.

Keith Wright
Monday, August 18, 2003

Below 14th street in Manhattan was a good party that night.  Did anyone else see the bonfire in Tompkins Square?


Charles Lewis
Monday, August 18, 2003

In a place like NYC highbeams don't make a difference. The only reason you usually need headlights is so other drivers can see you - the street lights are typically brighter than your headlights, to the point where you can drive around without realizing you don't have your headlights on.

I think the whole "Good Samaratin New Yorker" thing was a bit of propoganda on the part of the mayor... Tell us we're good people, and we become good people.

Part of me wishes I was in the Village during the blackout.
Monday, August 18, 2003

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