BLACKOUT

BImagelackout occurred at the hottest time of the day; 5:14 pm on Thursday, July 19th, 2012.  The cool air conditioning stopped abruptly.  As friends suggested, I immediately closed our doors &  windows to keep in the cool air!

Our neighbors all came out and started comparing notes, as people do in a time like this. I had been working on a video.  With the power out, I used the remaining hour of battery life to make some last minute changes.   As hot as it was, we were glad we had some ice saved up in the freezer.  But GAD!  The heat!   Beneath his long haired coat, Gato was panting, so we rubbed ice cubes into his coat.

Initially, our apartment’s internal temp was a comfortable 77′.  But by early evening, it had climbed to a stuffy 86′ (outside temps in the mid 90’s) , and with no fresh air flow.   At 8:pm we opened our doors & windows hoping to negotiate the smothering heat.

ImageWe began to notice the arrival of maintenance crews from SCE (Southern California Edison). Working ’round the clock, they finally restored power at 4:20 the following morning. When the a/c kicked in, we rejoiced by closing all windows and bringing our temp back down to civilized temperatures. I popped an acetaminophen, and crashed.

Later, M & I awoke at about 9:30 am. Our apartment was back down to a cool 77′. At 10:55 am as I was looking out the window, I noticed there were still maintenance trucks. Apparently they weren’t finished.

I thought, “Uh-oh. I wonder if we’re going to have another….” and once again, our lights went out.

But this blackout only lasted 20 minutes, and since then – everything fine since then!

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