Friday, August 01, 2008

Lights Out

Last night, at around 11:40, I heard a distant boom. The lights flickered. I got up to look out the window and heard another boom. Shortly after that, the power flickered and died. Power was restored about around 5:45 this morning. Because there was no power we had no fan therefore no white noise therefore no sleep. It's amazing what a fan will drown out. Thankfully we live in Seattle and it stays cool at night. Heck, we don't have air conditioning. But we do love our window fan for white noise and air circulation.
Right after the power went out Sarah and I agreed that there would be a traffic accident on our corner. Within 5 minutes there was. Both vehicles drove off. Some well meaning neighbors with flashlights stayed out on the corner for a long time trying to warn people of the loss of the traffic light. It's a wonder they weren't run over. People in Seattle drive like idiots.
I found out this morning that the outage was due to a busted insulator. Due to the booms I thought a transformer had exploded. I've seen that happen more than once. It's amazing how little you have power outages here. Not like back home in the south where if you sneeze the power goes out. A thunderstorm or a power outage out here is a rare thing.

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