Power Is Back
The power is back on!
After my post-by-iPhone last night
Many of you shared your power-less stories and it was comforting to read them while I was charging my phone in the car with Skylar in the backseat.
Scott was in L.A. (didn’t blog about that part) and so I was holding down the fort, alone.
Traffic looked like this for about 300 miles. Total gridlock.
And there were fire trucks, rescue vehicles, and ambulances everywhere.
Oh, the sirens. All night.
I live near one of the largest hospitals in San Diego County and the hospital had backup generators going but I saw doctors in their white coats walking the streets and sidewalks last night, as I was, begging the (closed) grocery stores (but who had employees standing in front of the stores) to give them ice, but struck out.
It was scary, eerie, surreal.
We dined by flashlight
On some random veggies and fruit I had
And I was grateful that I always keep a well stocked freezer.
Of desserts, that is.
Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls came in very handy
So after I put my
personal shopper dancing sidekick to bed
I said a few prayers that Scott would make it home safely
I grabbed a Tootsie Pop
And read the latest issue of YJ…
…by flash and candlelight
I went to bed praying the power would come on overnight, and it did.
There is no real word why almost 2 million people were without power in San Diego County, southern Orange County, Imperial County, and Northern Mexico & Tijuana, but this article cites “Operator error in Arizona”. <–I wonder if he’ll still have a job next week?
1. Some lessons I learned and was reminded of again the past 24 hours:
Keep gasoline in your car. Don’t run your car down to 1/4 tank thinking you can always get gas later. Maybe not. Having gas in my car allowed me to run the A/C and cool off from the 92F heat in short doses as well as charge my phone.
If you don’t have a cell phone, get one for emergencies. It was my lifeline. Cell phones don’t always work in emergencies but not having a phone would have made an already bad situation much worse.
Stay calm. Don’t panic.
Don’t drive if you don’t have to.
Don’t open the refrigerator/freezer doors once you realize the power is off. Keeping them closed will prolong the life of the food that’s in them by trapping the cold air in.
We live in a world based on electricity and power. Not having hot water, a microwave, fridge/freezer, A/C, our computers, internet service that runs on your computer, fans, or any other modern convenience was a reminder of just how dependent we are on power and how life can change big time without it. All kinds of horrible thoughts come into my mind of natural disasters, memories of 9/11, the San Diego fires of 2007, snowstorms from my childhood, acts of terrorism, and memories of news-footage-type-stories that show people in hard times and there’s never any power. Not having power shuts our world down in an instant. People panic, there is crime and looting, the sick and elderly can’t get ready access to medial attention, and it just adds such a dimension of chaos.
I am reminded that I am not in control of everything. That none of us are and that we are at the mercy of the world around us, Mother Nature, and the powers that be.
Once again, it reminds me to be grateful for what I have in life:
I am grateful for my health, my child, food, clean & running water. And power!
Have you lived through any kind of natural disaster, being without power, or harrowing experience? How did you feel? What did you learn from it?
Now if you’ll excuse me while I clear out the 250+ emails since yesterday afternoon I have in my inbox..