|normally this view is full of city lights|
just when i was feeling a little smug about the fact that we finally broke down last year and got air-conditioning and even though we’ve only needed it a few times, yesterday was one of those days – with a rare 90+ degree temperature. i had just returned home from a meeting and so appreciated walking into that cool house when – bam – everything shut down.
at first you wait, thinking that it’s coming back on at any moment, but when it didn’t and when we couldn’t get through at all to the power company, we realized this was something on a larger scale. yea, like in the millions. big time. the entire county of san diego (which is huge), parts of orange county, palm springs, arizona and mexico. one fell swoop.
|hangin in the shade with the battery powered radio|
our own needs were pretty simply taken care of. we have flashlights and lanterns, a trusty battery-powered radio, cell phones, a grill and a gas stove and water heater and a motorhome with an inverter and generator if we need it. but we couldn’t help thinking about the huge numbers of folks stuck in hot gridlock as everyone tried to leave work at the same time. or those in elevators or amusement park rides. or trailers in the desert. sobering.
|dinner by lantern light|
we were able to sleep as the temperatures cooled a bit, but i was awake at 1:30. i was lying there worrying about the status of the milk and butter in my refrigerator and all that ice cream in the stores when the phones started making some weird beeps and next time i looked at my clock, it was glowing. huge relief. 10 hours in all.
not the end of the world, but quite a wake-up call. these systems that we rely on are so fragile. apparently some worker made an error and plunged the whole area into darkness. wow. we live in such a civilized society, but that comes with huge dependence on our utilities. without electricity, gas and water, everything comes to a grinding halt. it was amazing how quickly all the stores and gas stations closed down (!)
we are always hearing how we should prepare for emergencies. it’s not a matter of if they will happen, only when. i know we are going to be taking steps to be more prepared. i hope you will too.
i posted this quote on facebook earlier this week:
"Just think how happy you'd be if you lost everything you have right now - and then, got it back again....." Anonymous
didn’t know how close to home this was going to come, but i’m feeling extra grateful today!!