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Old 08-15-2003, 02:11 PM   #11
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I was sitting at my computer watching a DVD when *ZAP*, then my subwoofer started blarring a tone so loud that it was rattling my pop can!

I turned everything off, then watched the lights inside my house and the nieghboors go dim, bright, dim, bright, dim, OFF, dim, bright, dim, OFF, dim, etc etc
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Well, NH was never affected (totally different power grid), so I'm just dandy. I hope everyone else is okay though.
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I got a laugh when I went to work and found NAS Oceana (SE VA) had no pwr! haha
I'm driving along listening to the radio talk about it not relizeing that all these commands are dark. Glad I keep a 4-d cell on my truck.
So my people and I sat for 2 hrs till it came on and hoped it did not blow up any of the test benches.
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I was at the office at 4:15 when the failure occured. We have been used to brownouts occuring recently on hot days this summer. We realized things were out of the ordinary by 4:30 when all out going calls we not hooking up. The cell networks were loaded with callers. I left the office and decided to hit the roads and hope for the best. In typically Torontonian fashion most drivers were patient and courteous. The hwys were probably the best place to be. From there, ordinary citizens were assiting police at some intersections and guiding traffic. Some mercants were running water bottles out to these folks. I high fived a guy too as I drove by.

I finally was able to call home from my cell and asked my mom to unplug the major electronics. We had an amazing BBQ with my family poolside in my backyard. The heat had died off a bit by 8pm or so, by nightfall it was so neat to see neighbours walking and talking, candle lit street parties and romance in some houses all lit up with candles. My buddy dropped by and we went for a cruze in the District. We hit Port Credit and to my amazment hundreds of people were just having a grand old time. Lots of cute girls and cars with tunes going, people were having a great time.

Then I got home and sat in the backyard in my Muskoka chairs and just looked up....it was the most beautiful site. I could Mars to the southwest, the Milky Way galaxy was clearly visible as a cloudy dusty object right over head, the stars lit up the night sky. By 11 the moon was up and it was absolutely beautiful.

This morning I woke up to lights on at about 6 am. Tuned into the news and decided a day off was necessary. So I got a long weekend out of the deal. Not bad at all.

So...where we you when the lights went out
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sounds like you had fun!
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I was at the office at 4:15 when the failure occured. We have been used to brownouts occuring recently on hot days this summer. We realized things were out of the ordinary by 4:30 when all out going calls we not hooking up. The cell networks were loaded with callers. I left the office and decided to hit the roads and hope for the best. In typically Torontonian fashion most drivers were patient and courteous. The hwys were probably the best place to be. From there, ordinary citizens were assiting police at some intersections and guiding traffic. Some mercants were running water bottles out to these folks. I high fived a guy too as I drove by.

I finally was able to call home from my cell and asked my mom to unplug the major electronics. We had an amazing BBQ with my family poolside in my backyard. The heat had died off a bit by 8pm or so, by nightfall it was so neat to see neighbours walking and talking, candle lit street parties and romance in some houses all lit up with candles. My buddy dropped by and we went for a cruze in the District. We hit Port Credit and to my amazment hundreds of people were just having a grand old time. Lots of cute girls and cars with tunes going, people were having a great time.

Then I got home and sat in the backyard in my Muskoka chairs and just looked up....it was the most beautiful site. I could Mars to the southwest, the Milky Way galaxy was clearly visible as a cloudy dusty object right over head, the stars lit up the night sky. By 11 the moon was up and it was absolutely beautiful.

This morning I woke up to lights on at about 6 am. Tuned into the news and decided a day off was necessary. So I got a long weekend out of the deal. Not bad at all.

So...where we you when the lights went out
Where was I when the lights went out? Browsing a forum belonging to the Bonneville'* Japanese competitor until it was discontinued in 1992, the dun-dun-dun, Toyota Cressida

I got my power back just before 1am... and rotating blackouts? Ha. Haven't lost power since. *Knock on wood*

What I found a bit odd was that NY was in a state of chaos it seemed... perhaps its a bit of paranoia left over from 9/11. Toronto and area took it as "meh"... "**** happens" if you will. Everybody was helping out everybody, only a few disturbances... Star gazing at night was wonderful, as the lights on the local highways near me were not on.

I swore that cloud was something left over from a plane (jet smoke?), as it was running directly along where the planes fly. It looked exactly like a cloud... so it was the milky way?

Canada'* Wonderland is closed today... AND I WAS SUPPOSED TO GO
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I kind of thought that everyone would be invited to BBQ'* last night. Spoilage had to be rampant, and all the beer getting warm! I saw a friend at the gas station last night, was getting gas for his big fishing trip in Canada, and he said that International Falls had a power failure too.
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Hey RepinS, the Milky Way was only visible for a while, before the moon rise, once the moon was out after 10...it was washed out.

However that long strip was cloud...I know what you were talking about. The part of the galaxy was more of a scattered faded distant dust in the sky...breath-taking really
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My TV and stereo turned off by my computer stayed on. I just turned them back on and i was fine.
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we suffered thru 21 hours with no power here. what a relief to have a fan again !! we still arent supposed to use the air yet. went to the dream cruise and it was still cool ! no traffic lights because they still had no power in that area yet.but there was still quite a few people out. saw a ton of BAD *** CARS ! im still freakin droolin !
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