mirrodie
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Official List- Checking In After Blackout 2003

Fri Aug 15, 2003 10:31 pm

As many of you know, we had a crazy all out blackout yesterday.

I was about to start an exam with a patient when our lights began to go out. The traffic light across the street went out and some vehicles at the intersection got into quite a few near misses until they figutred out what was going on.

It was such a surreal experience. I have to say, not once did I think it was terrorism. Not until this frantic idiot in our office learned that the blackout was as far reaching as the eastern Seaboard.

So for a minute I began to freak out worrying about my fiancee in Manhattan. (It's 0920 on Friday morning now and she just called me to tell me she JUST got home) I also thought about how the 2 pregnant staffmembers I have were gonna make it through the night. (redngold and Ihadapheo, I am sure you guys have stories Big grin)

We take so much shit for granted. No A/C, no phones(actually, limited use), heck, even GAS for our automobiles was no where to be found since the pumps are mostly all electronic these days.

Went out driving last night and it wassomething right out of Rod Serling's Twilight Zone. Nothing was lit out here EXCEPt for Farmingdale Republic Airport. And I thought, wow, those pilots and PAX out tonight must have one hell of a view!!!

But its 0922 now, and I am back at the office and our first patient is being pretested. Life goes on.

So I am just checkin in.

Looking forward to you checking in too!
Where were you when the lights went out?


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RE: Official List- Checking In After Blackout 2003

Fri Aug 15, 2003 11:56 pm

I think, unfortunatly for that person in love Arsenal@LHR that KROC still has no power. Arsenal has been utterly devastated because of the lack of contact between him and KROC.
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RE: Official List- Checking In After Blackout 2003

Sat Aug 16, 2003 12:10 am

I lost power in my house in Kalamazoo, Michigan (halfway point between Chicago and Detroit) for about an hour.

Everything is fine now.

Checking in.

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RE: Official List- Checking In After Blackout 2003

Sat Aug 16, 2003 12:29 am

It was about 4:15 and I was getting ready to go out with some friends.

*ROCHESTER NY*

We were planning on going to Niagara Falls for the night. I was like why is the power out? so I called the girl I was taking to Niagara and her power was out. So I picked her up and we turned on the AM station to see what was going on (none of the FM stations worked.) We were like should we go or not. We finally decided what the hell, lets go. So we got to Buffalo and their power was out, continued onto Niagara Falls, and their power was on. So we had a good time there while everyone else was in the dark. Got back to Rochester at about 12AM and the air was on, and the clocks were flashing the power had come back on at around 11:15ish....

So not to bad, glad that I got to sleep with the air conditioning as it was freakin' hot outside.

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mirrodie
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RE: Official List- Checking In After Blackout 2003

Sat Aug 16, 2003 2:32 am

You know what must have sucked???? The power going out on barbers and hair stylists.

Yesterday MUST have seen some pretty interesting HALF hairdos. LOL.
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RE: Official List- Checking In After Blackout 2003

Sat Aug 16, 2003 3:24 am

*Crapchester NY*

My story is similiar to Americanmd80's so not much use in resetting it. I ended up playing Play Station all night though as me and the neighbors shared a generator, lol.

Oh, and rumor that the Blackout was caused by Mirrodie plugging in his 2,000,000 Watt Anal vibrator seems to be inaccurate at the moment. Evidentally said vibrator was in the shop...ironically enough, being 'serviced'.
 
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RE: Official List- Checking In After Blackout 2003

Sat Aug 16, 2003 3:36 am

Where was I? Asleep in my bed i suppose. Woke up the next morning to the news headline "US BLACKOUT NOT A TERRORIST ACTION!" Now there's a surprise. I bet whatever remains of Al Quaida aren't thinking "let's take away the electricity. The Americans will be devastated if they loose David Letterman and access to their e-mail inbox."

"Oh, and rumor that the Blackout was caused by Mirrodie plugging in his 2,000,000 Watt Anal vibrator seems to be inaccurate at the moment. Evidentally said vibrator was in the shop...ironically enough, being 'serviced'." ---->  Big thumbs up  Big thumbs up

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Sat Aug 16, 2003 3:59 am


Power back on some parts of west-side Detroit (Farmington Hills/Milford/West Bloomfield)! About 20 hours without power here. City of Detroit is estimated not to be restored until later this weekend.
 
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RE: Official List- Checking In After Blackout 2003

Sat Aug 16, 2003 4:04 am

being in TN, i was unaffected by this blackout - however, i did hear of a good idea for a "blackout 2003 drinking game" - everytime a newscaster says "this is not terrorism related" or something similar, DRINK!  Smile
 
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RE: Official List- Checking In After Blackout 2003

Sat Aug 16, 2003 4:29 am

*Rochester, NY*

I was at work at the airport when power went out at 455p. About an hour later it was up. Our 455p flight didn't leave till 800p. Out 715p departure left around 1000p. Our overnight A/C scheduled to arrive at 920p arrived at 0130a.

I am very much tired and at work again. Please send coffee.
 
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RE: Official List- Checking In After Blackout 2003

Sat Aug 16, 2003 5:05 am

"Oh, and rumor that the Blackout was caused by Mirrodie plugging in his 2,000,000 Watt Anal vibrator seems to be inaccurate at the moment. Evidentally said vibrator was in the shop...ironically enough, being 'serviced'. "

LMFAO thats possibly one of the funniest things Ive heard this year. Its funny because its true  Laugh out loud
 
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Sat Aug 16, 2003 5:33 am

I live about 50 miles west of Washington, D.C. in the Virginia hunt country. I was working on my computer, and at 4:34 p.m., it completely shut down. We live in a rural area, so I phoned our nearest neighbor, who also lost power. But in the nearest town, no outages at all. Our power was restored in about 1 hour.

One flame: I know NYC is huge with many great people, but the news reports focusing on "when will power be back in the Big Apple" are off the mark... you get the impression that once things are okay in NY, the crisis is over. The poor bastards in Detroit will not have power back until Sunday. New York and tha national media will have forgotten about Michigan, Ohio and Ontario by that point.
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Sat Aug 16, 2003 5:37 am

That was really wierd. I live in Brooklyn and the power came on again at about 14:20. It sucked last night because it was so HOT!! I went for a little walk around my neighborhood last night and it was really creepy. It was pitch-black dark unless a car or bus was coming by, and everyone was walking around with flashlights.

When it first happened I thought I'd blown a fuse in my apartment. But when I heard a car radio that was on really loud outside announcing that all of NYC was affected I got really scared. I tried to call my parents to tell them that I was OK, but my cell phone wasn't working. I totally thought it was a terrorist thing because it felt way too similar to 9/11.
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RE: Official List- Checking In After Blackout 2003

Sat Aug 16, 2003 6:09 am

Fortunately, this thing will never happen in Lithuania as we have like 10 times bigger energy supply than we need. There would be electricity in all Lithuania even if both reactors in Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (generating over 77% of power) would instantly shut down, as other power plants would compensate.
 
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Sat Aug 16, 2003 6:33 am

I lost my power in Mississauga yesterday at 4:15pm and it was restored at about 6am this morning, then at 9:30am the power went off again for an hour and it has been on since
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Sat Aug 16, 2003 6:33 am

I was and still am in RI, and we were never affected. yay.  Smile

my friends in CT did lose power though.

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Sat Aug 16, 2003 6:35 am

Sonic,

were the Ignalina plants originally built to supply Russian territories in the times of the Soviet Union?

Seems like one Union built them and another one will shut them down...  Big grin I hope I didn't get you started!
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Sat Aug 16, 2003 6:37 am

OK now this is wierd. I must live right on the border of where the power has come on and where it hasn't. I just walked down to the grocery store to try and get some non-perishable food (as most of the stuff in our refrigerator spoiled overnight.) It was closed but someone told me to try a different one a few blocks away. So I went down there and they were open, but had no power. It's a good thing I brought my flashlight because it was really dark in there. Some of the traffic lights still aren't working either.

I have to say that people have been really nice to each other during this whole thing. Everyones out having little block parties, and just hanging around talking to their neighbors. The people in the grocery store were really nice too. They were handing out candles for the customers to use.

It sucked that you could only buy junk food. Hey that gives me an idea. I'm going to sue ConEdison for making me eat junk food and gain weight!!!!  Big grin
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RE: Official List- Checking In After Blackout 2003

Sat Aug 16, 2003 6:58 am

being in TN, i was unaffected by this blackout - however, i did hear of a good idea for a "blackout 2003 drinking game" - everytime a newscaster says "this is not terrorism related" or something similar, DRINK!

You know how to have fun! You should come over here to Chicago so we can play that! I got the Jack Daniels!  Big grin

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Sat Aug 16, 2003 7:03 am

Rochester, NY. My buddies and I were going to drive up to Buffalo to see Aimee Mann. Instead, we wound up grabbing a twelve pack of Blue and hanging out outside Starry Nites Cafe, where Atlantic and University Avenues intersect, a short walk from my house.

We got really drunk and listened to our pathetic county executive try to take credit for guiding the poor, lost souls of Rochester through this hooooorible crisis. Oh, and I made a bunch of looting jokes which were probably in bad taste.
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Sat Aug 16, 2003 8:32 am

Evidentally said vibrator was in the shop...ironically enough, being 'serviced'.

Great news. The vibrator just came back from the shop.

It had a sticker on it that said, "Used and inspected 1,000 times by LOT767-300ER"
I wonder if it still works now.????????????????
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RE: Official List- Checking In After Blackout 2003

Sat Aug 16, 2003 9:31 am

Oh, and rumor that the Blackout was caused by Mirrodie plugging in his 2,000,000 Watt Anal vibrator seems to be inaccurate at the moment. Evidentally said vibrator was in the shop...ironically enough, being 'serviced'


Mirrodie, how does it feel to be Owned by KROC?  Big grin
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RE: Official List- Checking In After Blackout 2003

Sat Aug 16, 2003 11:29 am

I was just waiting at a red light when it suddenly went out.

I ended up being on a 22 hour stand-by at the firehouse, with no sleep, because of the amount of calls we were getting.

This is just one of those times when coming back home just feels so good...

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RE: Official List- Checking In After Blackout 2003

Sat Aug 16, 2003 11:42 am

I was at work in lower Manhattan when the power went out. We soon found out that the blackout was both extensive and likely to last for a while. News reports were saying that there was no transit operating, so I decided to stay in the office for the time being. A bit before 6:30, I heard that there was some train service operating out of Penn Station (I take the Long Island Rail Road out of Penn). I decided to walk to the station, a fairly easy decision since my building was getting very unpleasant with no A/C and non-opening windows, not to mention the fact that the emergency lighting was going to run out of battery power within a few hours.
The 45-minute walk to Penn was pretty interesting, what with little traffic and many many people on the sidewalks. When I got there, I found out that the train service story was untrue, and nothing at all was running. Already there were thousands of people milling around the station. Many of them were sitting or lying on the sidewalks and other areas, and their numbers grew as the night wore on.
Then commenced over seven hours which I spent wandering around the station area. I didn't want to venture too far away just in case service was restored. The farthest I went was Sixth Avenue and 38th Street. Nor am I the sort to just sit or lie there; I had to keep moving most of the time. One problem that soon arose was the fact that I had only a few dollars on me, and street vendors were charging $2 for bottled water. Fortunately, the Red Cross arrived outside Penn and began distributing free water. I am very grateful for their service.
As noted earlier, more and more people began settling in for the long haul, lying down wherever they could and trying to sleep. Others formed long but orderly lines at pay phones - while CNN reported fights in the lines, I saw nothing of the sort. For my part, my cell phone thankfully was fully charged and I was able to make and receive calls most of the time. My wife reported from Suffolk County that power stayed off until around midnight, except for a brief resumption around 8:00 pm. My mother, in central Connecticut, never lost power at all.
The worst expression of human behavoir - except for the price-gouging vendors - occurred on 32nd Street, where city buses were lining up to take the place of the shut-down subways. Huge throngs of people were trying to crush onboard the buses, accompanied by much pushing, shoving and shouting of obscenities. I noted, with some interest, that most of the worst pushers, shovers and obscenity-shouters were women. About twenty cops and police academy cadets were struggling to maintain some semblance of order. By ten or eleven most of the bus-swarming mob was gone, and I'm sure most people were glad to see them leave.
As Thursday turned into Friday, I became resigned to spending the night in the area. It was obvious that no LIRR trains would be running anytime soon, although some New Jersey Transit and Amtrak trains were running out of the Eighth Avenue side of Penn Station. I actually spent some time sitting against a wall on 33rd Street just off Seventh Avenue. But then, a little after 2:00 am, I began hearing talk of LIRR shuttle buses. Lines were forming on the sidewalk on 32nd Street - yep, the same place where the mob scene had occured some hours earlier - and I quickly joined. We were told that the buses would be running to Jamaica Station in Queens, at which point there would be further shuttles to Long Island. By 2:30, I was on a NYC Transit articulated bus, standing alas, and within 15 minutes were were off to Jamaica with a police escort.
Crowds were getting fairly heavy at Jamaica when we arrived about 3:15, with the scene illuminated by portable light generators. Many LIRR employees were on duty, however, and managed to keep order pretty well. A line of buses were loading for different station destinations. Within ten minutes I heard that the next bus would be running express to Ronkonkoma, where my car was parked. I luckily snagged a seat, and soon after we headed through the dark Queens streets, with police road flares the sole outside light, and eventually got onto the Long Island Expressway. The driver kept up a good clip and we arrived in Ronkonkoma just about at 4:30. It was quite a sight to see the station's enormous parking lots still mostly full at that ungodly hour. My car was a most welcome sight, and I was home before 5:00. Needless to say, I didn't go into work today  Smokin cool
All in all, my experience wasn't too bad, as from what I've heard many LIRR commuters didn't make it home until hours after I did. The shuttle bus setup worked well in terms of time - from when I boarded the Jamaica bus at Penn until my arrival at Ronkonkoma was just about two hours, only about 45 minutes longer than the fastest express trains. And my much-criticized cell phone, which usually has wretched reception, worked much better than I every would have expected. The main bad note was the inability of the LIRR to get shuttle buses in place until ten hours after the blackout had begun, even though it was obvious long earlier that train service would be out for a prolonged period. Even so, it's good that such a difficult situation passed with no looting or other significant disorder.
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RE: Official List- Checking In After Blackout 2003

Sat Aug 16, 2003 11:59 am

OK here in Cleveland, OH, although we are still having some sporadic re-blackouts. The official rolling blackouts are over, but still....

Plus we have to boil water until midday Sunday because the pumps failed throughout the Lake Erie itake system, and the sewage treatment plants also failed, so there's raw sewage dumped into the lake and rivers.

On top of all of this, it's sweltering hot and the beaches are closed due to above mentioned sewage spill.

Urgh.

But I'm OK.


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RE: Official List- Checking In After Blackout 2003

Sun Aug 17, 2003 3:17 am

Aloges, yes this is the same power plant. It is unclear now though werether it will be fully closed or third reactor will be built instad of closed down ones though (technology and other things will be sold by France - which also shows some of the real reasons behind Ignalina closedown). If Ignalina would be fully closed down, most of the energy would be produced at Elektrėnai Power Plant (it would have to produce 10 times more energy than it is producing now), which is also built by Soviets and not exacly enviroimentally friendly...
But I will better not "fully" start up  Smile .
 
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RE: Official List- Checking In After Blackout 2003

Sun Aug 17, 2003 3:59 am

I was scared they would preempt 'Passions' because of the blackout. Other than that, some flights were delayed into PDX but nothing else came of Blackout 2003 here.

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RE: Official List- Checking In After Blackout 2003

Sun Aug 17, 2003 7:19 am

Yeah Hi I'm alive and well. Hurrah. Our power only went out for abour 30 minutes here. Everywhere around us, though, was out of power for many hours. Our water just came back yesterday, also, but we have to boil it till tomorrow. Ok I'm done checking in.
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Sun Aug 17, 2003 8:50 am

NYC is back. here in greenpoint we were without for 23 hours. who missed me?  Nuts
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RE: Official List- Checking In After Blackout 2003

Sun Aug 17, 2003 11:36 am

The power went out as I was working at COEX CLE-ORD flight at gate C-20. I didn't move much from that gate from 345pm until 9pm, when it got pitch dark and I left the airport. I did go down to C18 to talk to a female colleague of mine a few time, I got a Chocolate Chip ice cream from the Cafe Connection, and a cup of water from the f/a onboard the aircraft at C20. Other than that, we just sweated and waited.

I must have been a good luck charm, because the lights came on on our street as I was driving down it after my very long day at work. So we were a lot lucker than millions of others-we didn't lose the power for long, and we didn't lose our drinking water.
 
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RE: Official List- Checking In After Blackout 2003

Sun Aug 17, 2003 11:41 am

Alpha the same thing happened in Shaker heights. Some of them rich people had electric, while us mere mortals across fairmont in University Hts were left in the dark.  Angry I guess those mansion types payed off the linemen.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Official List- Checking In After Blackout 2003

Sun Aug 17, 2003 1:08 pm

My corner of Southeast Michigan regained power on Friday Evening at about 530PM. Water began trickling out of our faucets about 4.5 hours later. We still have to boil our water before consuming it.


All in all, we were without power for.. 26 or so hours, and no water for a little longer. Luckily we had a generator, but our big refrigerator got up to 60F on the inside, spoiling whatever was there.
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