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Ka-boom!

As I was coming home last night from an appointment, the night sky south of Alcatraz Avenue lit up spectacularly behind the buildings. As I drove west on Alcatraz it was pretty dark (although the pockets were odd ... the signals were working fine). So that, and the fact that I was not hearing sirens, made me realize that some piece of power equipment had gone blooey.

It was block-by-block by the time I got out here, but my block was one of them. It exposed the inadequacies of my emergency stores as it took me a while to find both a suitable candle and something to light it with. I was, however, amused that my blackberry screen was providing most of the illumination.

There was nothing for it but to go to bed, and when I got up, all three of the pussycats were on the bed with me. No drama, but they had been plenty dramatic enough as I conked out - lots of Maggie chasing the other two around the house.

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tree_and_leaf
Mar. 25th, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
It always amuses me when I see people using mobile phone screens as torches! (I have a teeny LED light on my keyring, which has proved incredibly useful on occasion, especially as the hall of my house unaccountably has no light-switch by the front door).
cat_herder
Mar. 25th, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
I wondered if houses were affected by it. It just seemed to be streetlights. Many streets with no streetlights had light coming from household windows. I got home around 10:15 and put some stuff in the microwave. The power dropped twice during that session, so I got my "candela" lights out just in case. I have to put a note on my to-do list to find and plug in my Coleman lamp.
berkeleyfarm
Mar. 25th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
Mine definitely was. Streetlights were out on my block as well.

The blocks immediately south and back of mine had lights.
betonica
Mar. 25th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
Wow. What happened?
Many years ago when I lived in your neck of the woods, I was up late at night doing homework over the phone with a fellow student. She said "Wow! what was that?" I started to ask what, and then I felt it. We figured it must have been somewhere between us (I think we lived a mile or two apart) because we'd both felt it. Turned out it was all the way out in Richmond. A refinery blew up, I think.
berkeleyfarm
Mar. 25th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
From where I was, it didn't boom, just flash REALLY BIG.

It concerned me. Definitely "the alients are landing" effect.
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