Friday, September 9, 2011

When the lights go out...

As you probably already heard, we had a black out yesterday affecting 5 million or so people.  From about 4-11pm we were without power.  I was at a Wine, Women and Shoes event up in Rancho Bernardo when word spread that power was lost from Mexico to Orange County and later to L.A.  For some reason, these things get me all excited.  When we lost power as a kid, I would grab my diary and pretend to be Anne Frank.  That may be slightly morbid, but I thought it was fun.

Instead of pretending to be a hidden jew this time, we hung out with all of our neighbors all night.  Everyone came together outside on the patio and brought wine, beer and food to grill.  We sat there until almost midnight drinking wine and laughing at our landlord's hysterical stories.  I live so closely to all of these people yet I hardly knew anything about them.  I had no idea that one of our neighbors is from Puerto Rico or that my landlord has lived all over the world.  I discovered that my closest neighbor works for a wine distributor, something I should've learned a long time ago!  He brought out bottle after bottle of fine wine.  It was a fabulous impromptu celebration.

At one point I received a text message saying work was cancelled for Friday and I jumped out of my chair with joy, only to have the power return an hour later and a text retracting that statement. 

Everyone was so relaxed and jovial.  We all had such a nice time together.  It's sad that we need an excuse to sit outside and talk for hours on end.  Normally everyone is wrapped up in the TV or computer or I'm busy on my treadmill.  We never take the time to sit around and chat with our neighbors.  It was like a flashback to the 1950's. 

I'm sure the power outage caused a lot of problems for people, but for me, it was a nice chance to relax and enjoy my neighbors beneath a sky of bright stars. 


  1. I love the image of you jumping from your chair with joy about not having to work. That power outage was fierce, what the heck? Oh, and pretending to be Anne Frank, I did that all the time. She's the only reason I ever kept a journal.

  2. Aw man! I wish I had a power outage! It sounds like you had a great time! Sometimes it's nice to be forced to "un-plug". It gives you a chance to do things out of your normal routine! Bummer you had to go into work :(

  3. I am so happy to hear that you saw the blackout as an opportunity and not a hardship. That is awesome.

  4. Wow, this is so awesome. We only have one house beside us, and I don't even know their names!

  5. Once I got home it was almost kind of fun, but 2+ hours from UTC to Oceanside kind of sucked. However, I fared much better than most because I high-tailed it out of the office at like 3:50 when I heard that my house was also out and so was Poway.

    My neighbors weren't as outgoing - we went outside but no one was hanging out. But beer, cards, and the radio was a fun old school way to spend an evening.

  6. Sounds like a great time! Maybe the power should go off more often, especially with a wine distributor neighbor willing to share!

  7. I had a similar experience with the power outage. I actually found it quite lovely. We drank, laughed, and traded stories with our neighbors and friends. I also got a text to say work was cancelled and then proceeded to drink too much wine only to find a text message the next morning reporting work was back on. It was a long Friday but worth it!

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