A little after 9:00 last night, our power went out.
I had gone to bed early. Tam was up, reading a book on her iPad. So when the power went out, it didn't make much difference. She always carries a flash light. I always have one where I can put hands on it -- on my nightstand, in this situation, and not hidden in a drawer but right on top, between the phone shared and the clock/radio (probably a sure mark of a Boomer).
As the minutes ticked on, Tam deployed lightsticks (to aid in navigation and give the home that "there's someone in here" look) and I put a high-efficiency battery lantern on the towel shelf in the washroom.
Trying to get to our power company's website with my smartphone to check on the outage, service was weak and creepingly slow. Tam reported the same on a different carrier. Out the front and back windows, the city was dark as far as we could see. There was decent sky glow from the direction of downtown but not so much to the east, north or west.
The closest cellular tower is at a substation several blocks away. From the evidence, there was a problem there or on the incoming feed to it.
My smartphone eventually got a connection and pulled in the map. The power company uses symbols -- green discs for small outages, orange squares for larger ones, yellow triangles for small neighborhoods and black diamonds for power interruptions that hit 2,000 or more customers. We had a full set: a scattering of green, an orange square over on Keystone Avenue, and a funny symbol near the substation. Zooming in eventually showed it was a black diamond over a yellow triangle. At least 2,500 customers out. It was big.
Power stayed off off the next two and a half hours. Holden Wu decided to guard the doors, going from front to back and flopping down in "draft excluder" mode in front of of whichever door Tam or I was near. Huck kept watch in my room, peering out the window.
This morning, local TV reported someone had crashed their car and taken out a pole for a major power line along Keystone Avenue, knocking out power to more than 14,000 homes and businesses.
Do you know where your flashlights are?
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