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As of about an hour and a half ago, my neighborhood finally has power after nearly a day and a half without it. Wednesday night I had a hair-raising drive home from work through high Santa Ana winds. I had to dodge palm fronds, capsized trash cans, a fallen tree in the road, etc. But that was just the beginning. When I got home, the power briefly went out a couple of times. Then, around 1 a.m., it went out and didn't come back on. Hundreds of thousands of people lost power, and LA County (among other local areas) declared a state of emergency.

I stayed home from work yesterday, because the howling wind had kept me awake much of the night. This turned out to be a good move, because traffic was snarled by all the debris from the winds, and lots of traffic lights were still out. (There was also supposed to be more dangerous weather ahead, but that didn't seem to materialize--it was windy, but not horribly so.) Hanging out in my electricity-less apartment got old fast. Fortunately Gelson's had power, so I had coffee. Plus Hard Times Pizza somehow had power, so I had pizza for dinner. But then I huddled in my cold apartment and read A Monstrous Regiment of Women by flashlight.

When I woke up this morning and the power STILL wasn't back on, I was pretty aggravated. But when I went out to get coffee at Gelson's, I saw workmen working on the power lines at my corner, and I took heart--plus the traffic light by the Trader Joe's was finally working again, and TJ's was open again. Sure enough, just as I was walking back home with my coffee, the traffic lights at my corner came back on, and everybody cheered!

Then I went home and had a hot shower. Hooray!

Date: 2011-12-02 09:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] usedtobeljs
Oh no, Gwynne, what a horrible few days. Glad your power's back now, though!

[hugs]

Date: 2011-12-02 11:19 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-12-03 01:25 am (UTC)
herself_nyc: (Default)
From: [personal profile] herself_nyc
Hooray indeed. Power outages seem to be part of the American Way Of Life now.Hooray indeed. Power outages seem to be part of the American Way Of Life now.

Date: 2011-12-04 04:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com
Very glad your power is back!

Date: 2011-12-04 11:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stevie-carroll.livejournal.com
Not good at all.

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