Unaware of the problems we would face, my sister and I went food shopping today -- and found ourselves in a huge, dark grocery store. There were emergency lights around the perimeter that produced occasional pockets of weak light, and that was it. Luckily they had enough power to run two credit machines, so shopping was possible. But the aisles were totally dark. And no, we didn't have a flashlight.
It is so weird to food-shop in the dark. As we entered each aisle we could see a few feet ahead but then came the darkness in the middle. Shopping in the dark on Halloween. Eerie.
The perishable aisles were roped off -- no milk, no veggies, no cheese, no meat. All you could buy was boxes, bags and cans -- of of which were located in the dark and haunted aisles. Brrrrrr.
Nah, it was fun, but only if you could return from the dark store to a nice, heated, well-lit home. I feel for the people still in the dark. It's cold out there! For a lot of people, this emergency is not over. And for some it's a double blow: first Irene and now an October snow storm. So many homes were damaged by fallen trees in both storms. We saw downed trees everywhere today. Some roads were closed and there were a ton of road crews out cutting down tree limbs. It's a lot of work and I know the folks in the dark appreciate the effort of these workers.
You know what surprised me the most? When the power went out it took out the cell phones, too. I guess the local cell towers tanked. For some reason I thought they would work. Jeez. Information blackout plus actual darkness. It's the modern American nightmare.