Blackout 2011

by Alyssa on September 14, 2011

in The Essentials

I was sitting in my Art 101 lecture when the power went out last Thursday. After checking in with the Administration Office, my professor let us go home. I thought I had scored an early release and free afternoon! Little did I know that even though MiraCosta‘s San Elijo campus is only 12 miles from our apartment, it eventually took me three hours to get home! I tallied 24 stoplights that were not working on my ride home. Not only was the traffic horrible and my phone battery was dying, but I was running out of gas too! I eventually made it to a gas station, but discovered that it wasn’t working (duh!). I made it home by coasting in neutral on the downhills!

On my arrival at the apartment, I noticed that a group of neighbors had set up camping chairs on the lawn in front of our building. Walking into our apartment, not only was I greeted by Devin, but also our emergency “go” backpacks which are always stocked with toiletries, camping supplies, and survival items in case we need to leave the apartment in a hurry. That kind of made me nervous, but Devin assured me it was only a precautionary measure. Since I was ravenous, Devin reheated some leftover meatloaf on our camp stove while I made a huge salad for myself. We dined alfresco under the light of the setting sun.

¬†As it turned dark, Devin would normally be working on his computer while I complete assignments for my online class, but since we could do neither, we set a candle outside, turned on some camp lights, and shared a bottle of Stone Smoked Porter from the refrigerator while listening to our emergency radio. When the beer was finished, we turned off the radio and finished our bottle of Jerry Sailor Rum from the freezer. We didn’t want it to spoil!


Later, under the bright shine of an almost full moon, we took a walk around our apartment complex and picked up the mail. We saw a few groups of our neighbors gathered around fire pits. So for one night, we abandoned our dependence on technology and it turned out to be a lot of fun. It was also a test run to see if we are prepared for an emergency situation, which I failed because of the running out of gas problem! I think we should have more nights like these.

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