I live "upstate" New York. . . about 120 miles north of New York City and 30 miles south of Albany, NY. (Yea. . . I know! It's not as "upstate" as Buffalo or Malone. . . )
I was sleeping when the lights went out. At the time we didn't know what was happening. For a short while the lights came back on. I was awake, then. My loving wife, Amy, told me about the lights being out and expressed concern with the more than $20,000 worth or computer, audio, video software and hardware equipment we own. So I quickly went into the "studio" portion of our humble house and checked things out. Much to my horror I found two very important devices NOT WORKING as a result of the black out. (The value of just these two items are worth over $3,000.00.)
I whined. I moaned. I really felt very sorry for myself because we don't have the money to replace them both at present.
Then my wife turned on the television set. (The electricity was still on at that time, obviously.) Just then we both realized the magnitude of this "black out"!
And all of a sudden my loss seemed so insignificant. The news report gave account of entire states caught in this stupid black out! At this time, my wife and I were speculating, "Is this another terrorist attack??" Although, almost immediately the news agencies were saying that apparently no terrorist attack was involved with this wide-spread electrical outage.
Then the power went out again. And it remained out for several hours. During this time, I simply went to bed to catch a few "zzzz's" before going to work that night.
When I woke up, the lights were back on. Actually, it was the lights themselves that woke me right up!!! Bang! Bright light in the eyes!!
I had left the bedroom light switch on! :chuckle
I quickly turned on the television to get an idea of where things were with regards to this tremendous black out. The television news reporters were stating that lights were beginning to come back on for various regions of the effected area. This was good news. Of course, the news reporters started speculating the cause of this outage. This began to seem like the usual "three ring circus" as the television news reporters kept on speculating and discussing and theorizing! So I turned off the "boob tube" and went down to recheck our studio equipment.
Thankfully, I found one of the devices to be working again. Don't know how it happened, but it managed to turn itself on (which it didn't do before) and work properly. This brought me great relief! The other device is still not working. We're going to need to replace it. However this one device only costs around $300.00. We can afford this.
As for all of the people in bigger cities and towns who were caught in the electrical black-out: my heart goes out to them. . . especially those in New York City. . .
Being caught in an elevator or subway or busy street traffic must have really "blown the big one" when the electricity went out! And yet it appears that people, for the most part, kept their cool! And for everyone who did keep their cool during a most disturbing time. . . my hats off to you!
I can't say that I was a shining example of coolness when our lights went out.