Five million plus customers throughout Southern California, Arizona and Mexico lost power yesterday when what should have been a routine maintenance issue ended up cutting all power out f the Arizona grid. The interruption quickly cascaded through our other major other power source as the nuclear plants in San Onofre shut down thanks to built in safety measures. And there we were– no power. Voice of San Diego has a nice recap this morning with all the major media sources reporting in, and let there be no doubt that there will be plenty of finger pointing going on in the days ahead. All the usual finger pointer will be rounding the usual suspects looking to pin the blame on somebody in support of the ideological stance. For now, given the lack of many actual facts, we’ll leave the blame game to the pros.
What we’d like to hear are your stories of what life was like during the blackout. For my part, I spent the evening getting to know some of my neighbors better, sitting out in the court yard of our apartment building watch the moon and listening (some) to a battery powered radio for any info that was available. Share your stories. And no finger pointing. We’ll do that later in the week.
Editor: Here is our first photo, sent in by Brittany Bailey of some of her neighbors:
Here’s one from the Del Monte overlook, by Mark Robertson:
Sent to us from Dr. Warren M. Patch;
Wasn’t that fun? When was the last time the neighbors came outside and shared such a fun event? It was about 80 degrees, no wind, the stars were out due to lack of light pollution, the planes from Lindbergh field were grounded, I guess, because the sky was quiet. We barbequed with the neighbors because they had a gas grill and a gas stove. We had candles a nearly full moon and talked and drank wine and shared foot massages. It was great.
Never mind the traffic jams and the gas shortages, this was an excellent time for a little taste of what California would be like without electricity following something like a major earthquake.
So, how prepared were you. Well, this Boy Scout, for one, was partially stumped yesterday. Not when I was on the golf course at 3:40 and didn’t miss the electric power. Not when I went to the Club House Pro Shop and had the (young and surprised) bartender tap me a beer from the kegs that are CO2 charged–not electric. But when I got home (after playing a second round of golf and letting some of the traffic die down,) and headed for my stored and well-prepared emergency supply stuff garage–in the garage with the electric door opener–I was barred. That’s right; I couldn’t get in without electric power. Ha ha ha.
Oh well, I’m going to have one more item on my Be Prepared list: the override key to disengage the electric garage door mechanism so I can roll it up by hand and get to all that stuff when I need it.
Here’s a photo of some Ragsters’ front porch, from Anna Daniels and Rich Kacmar: