No electricity! Now what?

@techgurl (451)
Greece
March 16, 2010 2:58pm CST
I was replying to a discussion here on myLot, when suddenly - no electricity. This lasted for around an hour. Sure not having electricity during the day is not bad, there are plenty of things to do. Or if there was someone else with you, that would be fun. But its night and I was all alone, with just a candle to keep me company and bunch of warm clothes to keep me from freezing . So, what would you do if there was no electricity when its dark and noone to keep you company?
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16 responses
@harmonee (1236)
• United States
16 Mar 10
I light a candle and read a book. Last time the power went out was during the day and it was 105 degrees out. I was 8 months pregnant with no fan and the electric company told everyone not to open their freezers because they didn't know how long it would be down. So we got in the car and went swimming in the river. It was great. We picked up a pizza and soon after we got home, power was restored. Sometimes it's best just to get out of the house and go somewhere that has power like a movie or place to eat.
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@techgurl (451)
• Greece
16 Mar 10
Reading a book was the first thing that came to my mind, but I got a headache from the dim light. And going out is a great idea. Thanks for your reply.
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• Philippines
17 Mar 10
swimming in the river at night? Don't you think it's dangerous? The power is out. Oh, maybe I'm just exaggerating,eh. But going out is fun fun fun. Our city is experiecing 5-hour rotating brownout daily. when our schedule is from 6-11PM, I really want to go out to the place where there is electricity. 5 hours is really long and soooo boring. I once went out for a drink with my friends last Saturday night.T'was really fun.
@harmonee (1236)
• United States
17 Mar 10
The river swimming was during the day. I wouldn't want to take on that adventure at night, especially pregnant. Hopefully they will fix your brownout problem soon so that you always have electricity.
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@yresh12 (3217)
• Philippines
16 Mar 10
I have had that time a lot of times. I was typing like a very long paragraph in the end it got lost and wasn't able to save because the pc just turned off. I reallized that it's brownout. It has been like this in Cebu last week. Good thing we don't experience it more now.
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@techgurl (451)
• Greece
17 Mar 10
That must have been very agonizing. Something similar happened to me once, and since then I learned my lesson. I save my work after every change, even if it is just one word or even fixing a typo, and also I make at least two more backups on different places. Good thing the power outages are fixed now. Thanks for your response.
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@yresh12 (3217)
• Philippines
17 Mar 10
Ooooh. I feel you! I did that in the middle of posting. How can I save it. hekhek. I still don't have back up though. What a nice idea. Thanks for sharing.
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16 Mar 10
I would be so bored and perhaps a little affraid. We often get power cuts here when the weather is bad but that's normally during the day, and at night my husband is at home. So if I were alone in the night without electricity I would be a bit worried and I would probably use my mobile phone to call a few people to feel like I wasn't totally alone.
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@techgurl (451)
• Greece
16 Mar 10
We rarely get power cuts and when we do get them they usually last for few minutes. This is the first one this year, so I was expecting it not to last too long. Having people over would make time pass by fast. Thanks for replying.
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@ajithlal (14605)
• India
15 Apr 12
Now a days we get break every day or powercut every day for half hour during day and half hour during night.
@Lochoa (222)
• United States
16 Mar 10
I would freak! It's scary being home alone in the dark! Not that anything bad will happen but I think I watch too many scary movies so you're mind plays tricks on you and creeps you out to it makes it worse you know? At least you were home already and not out coming into your home with the electricity out. That would prob be more scary b/c you wouldn't know who's in your house. EW! CREEPY!
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@techgurl (451)
• Greece
16 Mar 10
Haha yeah probably coming into my home and seeing there is no electricity will probably freak me out. I'll think someone broke in and turned the electricity on purpose. Quite scary. But otherwise it wasn't really scary, but it was lonely. Thanks for responding.
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@ajithlal (14605)
• India
31 Mar 12
I think at the first time it would be freaking, but after few times it would be normal. In our places there are lots of places where there is power cut for 8 to 10 hours per day. From Monday onwards, we are getting powercuts for one hour per day.
• Australia
17 Mar 10
If is night time,I'll say find a flashlight or candle and read a book. If it's daytime I'll say go out somewhere,like a mall or something.
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@ajithlal (14605)
• India
24 Mar 12
I also think it is better to have candles at night when there is no electricity. Now a days lots of solar systems are available that helps to consume less electricity. I think LED lights with batteries helps to give lights when there is no electricity.
@nijolechu (1845)
• Canada
17 Mar 10
I guess I would try to stay warm with many layers of clothing and blankets. Then I would try to pass the time by reading a book or something. Sometimes I like to do jigsaw puzzles when there is some daylight. But there is really nothing to do when it gets dark unless you want to call a friend to chat with.
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@techgurl (451)
• Greece
17 Mar 10
I have such a bad luck that every time I need a phone, I realize I don't have any credits left. Just like yesterday LOL. I really like your jigsaw puzzle idea. That is a lot of fun even when you are alone.
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16 Mar 10
That happened to me once and I had just moved into the house I live in now and my mum was out at her friends house and I totally freaked out. The power was cut because of something that happened in the bar down the road. I couldn't find anything, no candles because all or stuff was in boxes. I was in my pyjamas and ended up running out the house to see what was going on. I ended up in my neighbours house with his wife and children, it was a very strange night and not one I would want to relive.
@techgurl (451)
• Greece
17 Mar 10
Were you still in your pajamas while you were at your neighbors? I can only imagine how awkward it must have felt for both you and your neighbors. I hope you don't experience something like that again.
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• Philippines
17 Mar 10
no electricity at night, i guess the best thing that i can do is sleep, :) you will just strain your eyes reading in the dark.
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@calai618 (1779)
• Philippines
17 Mar 10
same here..i also experienced that while online..glad though that i wasn't alone here at home. what really irked me though is the fact that despite me being ready for it (like buying all the candles, flashlights, emergency lights beforeand), i was still caught off-guarded. i didnt know what to do when the light suddenly went out lol. i have forgotten where i have put everything..i guess i need more practice lol
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• Canada
17 Mar 10
it's not that bad, I actually really enjoy it. The problem I have is if the electricity goes out because of a thunderstorm. Both me and my dogs are scared of thunderstorms. My dogs are usually around me so I'm never alone and as far as it being cold that's what candles are for. However it is kind of annoying trying to find ways of occupying my time.
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@bestylish (922)
• Philippines
17 Mar 10
What I usually do during times like this is I listen to music from my mp4 until the power comes back. If the battery of my mp4 is finally empty and still no electricity, I sleep.
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• Philippines
17 Mar 10
Hmm. I would probably just text my boyfriend, or even talk to him on the phone. Or if I can't talk to him, then I would probably just listen to my ipod until I get sleepy. I hope it won't happen though, cause I don't want to be alone in the dark with no electricity, I'm such a scaredy cat that I know I would be scared, and uneasy and just nervous until the electricity is back.
@Ladyslipper (1330)
• Philippines
17 Mar 10
When there is no electricity I just sleep as I can't do anything at all. I usually stay inside my room and wait for the electricity to be back. Good thing that the maximum it could last for electricity to be back whenever we have black out is just an hour. I try to sleep but I can't especially if it's too hot and there is no aircon. That's what I hate most when there is no electricity even at day. I miss the sound of the aircon inside my room.
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• Philippines
5 Apr 10
Oh my gosh. I don't think I'll be able to still stay in the house if there's no electricity! I mean, the house will be dark and I am alone, that's surely scary! I think I will just go out of the house, I will stay at the nearest friend's house and call somebody to stay with me on my house until the electricity is back.
@ajithlal (14605)
• India
29 Mar 12
Here we have power cuts from Monday onwards for one hour each day. Lots of places in our country the power cuts happen for about 10 hours where there is less means of producing electricity. I think if we save electricity we will have electricity i the future.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
22 Mar 10
Well, we've had a few times that the power went out and it's really hard. The last time Hubby and I spent part of the time talking and then I read for hours. I guess if I was alone, I'd snuggle down under a warm blanket and read till the lights came back on. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]
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@ajithlal (14605)
• India
11 Dec 10
I think it is hard to be pass a day without electricity. Sometimes I use candle lights instead of lights. I think you must be having a tough time without electricity. Here also once in a while there would not be electricity when they switch the electricity for maintenance purposes. I think that day would be the toughest one for me. I think it takes lots of courage to spend a day or night without electricity alone.