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Venus Forever
Aug 15th, 2003, 09:17 AM
TWELVE HOURS LATER!!

It went out 4:10 in the afternoon, and we finally got them back at exactly 3:50 this morning.

Thank God!!

I was so damn sick of the extreme dark.

It's strange to just see the entire city just black out. Definitely a thing I will never forget.

The roads are just terrible, but people are being very courteous on the roads. It's really nice to see.

I HAVE LIGHTS PEOPLE!!

I HAVE LIGHTS!!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Guarantee they'll go out again later, as many people's have been flickering in the upstate region when they got lights over 8 hours ago.

Venus Forever
Aug 15th, 2003, 10:06 AM
And just let me add a few more things.

1. My one grandmother had surgery today to remove her gall bladder because of gall stones. They removed it, and what happens, she has another gall stone somewhere else. This require more major surgery, but that won't be for awhile. Thank God she came out of surgery before the lights went out.

2. My other grandmother no one has heard from. She has a portable phone, so, it wouldn't work during the black out, so, hopefully she is home and safe. She is 75 years old, so, we're all kinda worried.

3. My aunt never made it home. She works in Manhattan, but lives in New Jersey. With the trains not working, she can't get home. She was on her way to my cousins house, also in Manhattan, but as of 11 at night, she never got there, so, we're a bit concerned. I just hope she found somewhere to stay for the night, hotel, whatever.

What a LOOOOONG day. :rolleyes:

Oh, and...

4. It was hot as hell today. In the 90s with humidity, and no air and no fans. I was just dying in the house, so, I spent more of my time outside today, as, it was actually cooler.

Hot 92 Jamz
Aug 15th, 2003, 10:28 AM
So do I and yep it was quite an evening!

I wonder if Chris and Lynda will be at work today.

http://images.viacomlocalnetworks.com/images_image_191131211

Venus Forever
Aug 15th, 2003, 10:49 AM
Look at these pictures :eek: :

http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20030815/i/1060927958.3758260295.jpg

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20030815/capt.1060924321.blackout_new_york_ny110.jpg

Brooklyn Bridge:

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20030815/capt.sge.qqa54.150803044019.photo03.default-384x279.jpg

http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20030815/i/1060916514.2416394272.jpg

http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20030815/i/1060912321.3624009802.jpg

http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20030815/i/1060908275.3154944041.jpg

FDR Drive:

http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20030815/i/1060922178.3892600954.jpg

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20030814/mdf337410.jpg

In the Subway:

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20030815/capt.1060906400.blackout_wxs140.jpg

ttaM
Aug 15th, 2003, 12:50 PM
OMG! Downtown in Cleveland was chaotic. Our power went out about the same time yours did, but ours didn't come back on until 7:30 am. It was so boring! :o I hope your family is alright! :wavey:

decemberlove
Aug 15th, 2003, 01:16 PM
boy, you shoulda be outside partying on the streets last night :p

decemberlove
Aug 15th, 2003, 01:18 PM
its amazing how there was only 4 criminal acts reported. guarantee all the support and cooperation has to do with what happened on 9.11, really brought new yawkers together.

KV
Aug 15th, 2003, 01:27 PM
What fully packed streets in N.Y! Guess, this must be one of the days with the biggest traffic jams in the centre of N.Y. Happily the lights are back during the dog days.

Bacardi
Aug 15th, 2003, 02:20 PM
Just strange. Venus Forever, happen to know if the power is up, anywhere around Greenwich Village?
Now this is errie:
http://www.nyu.edu
New York University
Thursday, Aug. 14 at 7:15 pm
New York University is being affected by the power outage that is blanketing the entire northeastern part of the United States. The University is closed but residence halls are open and are staffed by residence hall employees and NYU Protection Officers. We have a comprehensive safety plan which has been implemented to protect the safety of students and staff. This website will be updated as more information becomes available.

Shuji Shuriken
Aug 15th, 2003, 02:44 PM
I'm glad things are getting back to normal in NYC :). Things looked really really strange for a minute there ;). I hope everyone is safe though :).

CC
Aug 15th, 2003, 04:40 PM
Let there be light!

alexusjonesfan
Aug 15th, 2003, 05:46 PM
I just got power and apparently about 60% of Toronto now has power...but our lights are supposed to go out again in a couple of hours with the rolling blackouts going on around Ontario. I didn't realize how much was dependent on electricity. We can't cook, apartments don't have water pressure because the water pumps stopped pumping so no one can go to the bathroom, we can't pump gas, we can't use credit/debit cards for transactions and so on. Life is at a standstill...

Venus Forever
Aug 16th, 2003, 01:13 AM
Just strange. Venus Forever, happen to know if the power is up, anywhere around Greenwich Village?



Uhh, the last time I heard, I think it was just starting to come up there, but, not sure.

Seles_Beckham
Aug 16th, 2003, 01:18 AM
ONE DAY out of LIGHTS and all that panicks, COME ON PEOPLE, WE DIDN'T HAVE ELECTRICITY 3 YEARS ( SUMMER- WINTER ) HERE DURING THE WAR SO PLEASE.

ONE DAY IS REALLY NOTHING.

Venus Forever
Aug 16th, 2003, 01:42 AM
ONE DAY out of LIGHTS and all that panicks, COME ON PEOPLE, WE DIDN'T HAVE ELECTRICITY 3 YEARS ( SUMMER- WINTER ) HERE DURING THE WAR SO PLEASE.

ONE DAY IS REALLY NOTHING.

It's not about how long it was. It's mainly about where people were.

Most people were working in Manhattan at the time, the borough with all of the skyscrapers. HOWEVER, MOST of those people do not live in that borough.

Imagine, millions of people trapped on an island that is not their home, with so little light of any kind, from either moon or sun because of the tall buildings, trying to get home.

People were EVERYWHERE. In the streets, totally covering the sidewalks, on buses, on cars. Look at the pictures, you'll see. Look at all of those people trying to get home with no train. The subway probably helps more than half of the people get to work, I'd actually say around 75% of them use the subway to get to work. Without them, they have to walk 20 miles, probably the least they would have to walk, just to get home.

People slept on the streets because they had no money, because the ATM machines are obviously out, the hotels are completely booked by whoever got there first, and it is completely dark in one of the most lit cities in the world. People tried to get on buses, overloading them, but that still didn't work well. Without traffic lights, it was jsut hell out there. No movement. Easily hour delays on every bridge trying to get out of Manhattan. People had to walk, and they had to walk miles, across bridges and so forth. And even if they were lucky to get a ride, forget about it. You literally inched your way forward because of all the people in the streets and all of the other cars trying to get out. Bumper to Bumper for miles and miles, every which way you looked. Then you had to inch your way forward at intersections. There is no way of knowing who's turn it is to go in a city of over 8 million people, plus all of the workers. Easily 10 million right there. It was just a nightmare.

Sorry, but Bosnia without lights is nothing like New York City without lights, the Capital of the World.

CC
Aug 17th, 2003, 11:46 PM
ONE DAY out of LIGHTS and all that panicks, COME ON PEOPLE, WE DIDN'T HAVE ELECTRICITY 3 YEARS ( SUMMER- WINTER ) HERE DURING THE WAR SO PLEASE.

ONE DAY IS REALLY NOTHING.

But consider that you were IN A WAR and thus your minds were conditioned for everything that comes with it: no electricity, no water etc.

This was unexpected.

Seles_Beckham
Aug 18th, 2003, 12:47 AM
Yes it was a war, but we didn't know that it will last for 3 years. YOU CAN NEVER EXPECT A WAR. And all the Bosnian people believed that it will end in 15-20 days.

Come on, one day and all that panick.

CC
Aug 18th, 2003, 02:05 AM
Yes it was a war, but we didn't know that it will last for 3 years. YOU CAN NEVER EXPECT A WAR. And all the Bosnian people believed that it will end in 15-20 days.

Come on, one day and all that panick.

I would not say that my pain is greater or more justified than your's just because my tragedy happened on a larger scale. And I would not dismiss your suffering or fears just because I have not experienced it. I can empathize.

alexusjonesfan
Aug 18th, 2003, 03:44 AM
ONE DAY out of LIGHTS and all that panicks, COME ON PEOPLE, WE DIDN'T HAVE ELECTRICITY 3 YEARS ( SUMMER- WINTER ) HERE DURING THE WAR SO PLEASE.

ONE DAY IS REALLY NOTHING.

I know exactly what you mean. Some of our friends were in Kuwait during the first Gulf War and the chaos created then by the invading armies was nothing compared to what happened in Toronto or even NYC during the blackout. Our family spent about 20 hours without power and my dad kept reminding us about still how fortunate we were and how much worse things were for people every day around the world.

doloresc
Aug 18th, 2003, 05:22 PM
after the initial relief to learn it wasn't september 11th all over again, my neighborhood proceeded to empty our fridges and have quite a cook-out right in the middle of our street, complete with deck furniture and lanterns. barbecued steaks, chicken breast and prawns with various salads, wine and key lime and pecan pies for dessert, we actually had a great time. a few of our neighbors were stuck in the city overnight but thankfully it wasn't the madness of the 1977 blackout which i experienced as well.

oh, our lights came on some time in the middle of the night but i was sound asleep and didn't notice (i made sure to turn everything off so i wouldn't be startled).

doloresc
Aug 18th, 2003, 05:25 PM
its amazing how there was only 4 criminal acts reported. guarantee all the support and cooperation has to do with what happened on 9.11, really brought new yawkers together.

spetember 11th was definitely a factor! my neighbors who spent the night on the street in the city said that people were so helpful.