Grooving in the Dark

@RubyHawk (18687)
Atlanta, Georgia
June 23, 2016 8:47pm CST
Last night just at dark our lights went out. We have plenty of candles but I didn't know exactly where the matches were and I couldn't look for them in the dark. I looked out the window and saw all the lights in our complex were out, at least as far as I could see. It felt completely strange, no computer, no TV, no devices. I opened the door to go outside to see if I could see anything out of the ordinary and there stood our downstairs neighbor with her young child in her arms. Soon we had a hall full of people from other apartments. Everyone's power was off. The downstairs neighbor called the Electric company and got a recording saying if our lights weren't on in two hours to call again. The little child was upset and I invited them into our apartment and we sat in the dark and talked. The husband was on the way home so mother and child waited with us until he pulled into the parking lot. Sure enough in about two hours the lights came back on. I told my better half if that happened every night I might sleep more, with no light to read, or electricity for the TV or computer there isn't much you can do. It was the first time our electricity has failed in a long time and I hope it doesn't happen again anytime soon.
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@JudyEv (90137)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Jun 16
We sleep better when it is dark too but here in the country there is only the moonlight to keep us awake. If we draw the curtains then it is quite dark. Glad you weren't too long without power.
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@RubyHawk (18687)
• Atlanta, Georgia
24 Jun 16
It's so different living in an apartment. We always lived in the country until we moved here. There was no light unless it was ours, no noise other than crickets or frogs. I would miss that if it wasn't for the convenient location and maintenance people to take care of everything.
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@JudyEv (90137)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Jun 16
@RubyHawk The maintenance issues will get too much for us one day too and we'll have to move. We are not looking forward to it.
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@RubyHawk (18687)
• Atlanta, Georgia
26 Jun 16
@JudyEv I hope you like it when the time comes, it makes for an easier life.
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• Philippines
24 Jun 16
You will only appreciate the simplicity of life when the electricity turned off. I don't mind having no electricity as long as there's a running water. Water is way too important than electricity, you know.
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@RubyHawk (18687)
• Atlanta, Georgia
24 Jun 16
I think we had running water, I didn't check. It would be bad for the water to stop running.
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• Philippines
25 Jun 16
@RubyHawk I agree.
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• United States
25 Jun 16
I have stored my matches in a drawer that is below a jar candle that I keep out just for that purpose. In the five years I've been in this house the lights have gone off at night several times. Each time I easily found the matches and lit the candle. I'm so much more organized in this house. It was always a scramble before to find matches! Sometimes I never found them an lit a piece of spaghetti from my electric stove!
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@RubyHawk (18687)
• Atlanta, Georgia
26 Jun 16
I now have matches in a kitchen drawer beside the stove where I keep odds and ends. I wont lose them again.
@TRBRocks420 (56977)
• Banks, Oregon
24 Jun 16
Yes, I tend to sleep more when the power goes out to, at least after the battery on my lap top and, phone die lol.
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@RubyHawk (18687)
• Atlanta, Georgia
24 Jun 16
I think it would be easier to sleep with no electricity. I'm a night owl and when I get to bed I still sleep very little. A long dark night might be for the best.
• United States
24 Jun 16
i actually enjoy such events myself, the peace'n quiet most desired. outta habit, from years'f our transformer gettin' hit by lightnin', i got'n the habit'f keepin' a flashlight'n e'ery room. i'm glad that'cha brought that lady'n her young'un o'er to yer place. prolly the mom 'twas nervous 'n the wee one took from that.
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@RubyHawk (18687)
• Atlanta, Georgia
24 Jun 16
Yes, I think that's what it was. Our power has never gone off for more than a few minutes since we have been here, so it was a little shocking when we weren't prepared. I know where my matches are now, so I'm ready for the next time.
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@shivamani10 (9393)
• Hyderabad, India
24 Jun 16
Here, it has become a routine. The power goes off without any notice. I missed so many posts and articles when they were nearing completion. When a Net connection becomes perfect, the power goes off and when there is power the net-connection goes off. Very recently, ater a serious warning the Net has been connected properly.
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@RubyHawk (18687)
• Atlanta, Georgia
24 Jun 16
That would be a big inconvenience. Especially if it was a regular happening. Our computer sometimes will not start, anyway. I've found that the hang ups only happen on Mylot so I suppose there is nothing to do about that.
@Susan2015 (17513)
• United States
24 Jun 16
It's no fun when the power goes out. At least it was only two hours.
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@RubyHawk (18687)
• Atlanta, Georgia
24 Jun 16
That wasn't too bad, once when we lived in the country our power was off seven days, now that is bad.
@sofssu (14749)
27 Jun 16
We have this happening every too often.. so we have inverters.. battery powered electricity .. This lights up the whole house +fans and TV.