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August 14th, 2003

new yorkers can see starlight tonight @ 09:46 pm

Current Mood: amazed

I've been using Google News to search on the power issues that have been plaguing our friends in the northeast. This story from ABC News off the A.P. wire absolutely struck me as amazing and caused me to do some serious pondering. Tonight is a night in a thousand. New Yorkers can actually see the stars in the middle of Manhattan. There's supposed to be a picture of this in the story but of course I can't see it so you'll have to comment on what you think.

It is amazing how much we depend on power, how much it locks things up when it goes down. I don't know if its sad, but it just *is. 50 million people have supposedly lost power, thats about 16% of the country's population, that's amazing. Of course I don't know what I'd do without power, I wouldn't be posting on this lj, but have we really progressed? This blackout makes me wonder if the 19th century when candles and lanterns ruled and the quill and jar of ink were the lj's of the day.

I was very interested at 4:02 when I was looking at stocks and finances. I thought that maybe the markets had closed but wasn't for absolute sure. The clock just stopped, tickers weren't moving at all. Luckily power was lost right as market close but didn't check the news wires to ascertain what the problem was. Lots of people aren't posting on lj from the effected areas but it will be interesting to read the northeasts perspective on the issues. If you can, rather or not you're in new york or not, go outside, look at the stars, and realize what it might be like without the artificial light that is our lives in a technological society.
 
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From:misteashinra
Date:August 14th, 2003 08:07 pm (UTC)
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I'm in Ohio and at 10:25pm our power came back on....we lost it at 4 pm, It was utterly miserable. No A/C, lights and my baby was hot and screaming. I think of how we take stuff like electricity for granted then when we lose it we are lost. Makes me appreciate the ways of my ancestors more and, how they had to live. ^_^
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From:djner
Date:August 14th, 2003 08:13 pm (UTC)
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And I sit here, reading your comments with my spiffy speech synthesizer, hooked into my computer through an electrically powered satellite radio which is broadcasting to me through my electircally powered mixer. Its amazing isn't it?
From:misteashinra
Date:August 14th, 2003 08:19 pm (UTC)
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o.O LoL! Yes it is...^_^ That is some high tech mumbo jumbo you got there!
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From:jumpingjuniper
Date:August 14th, 2003 11:19 pm (UTC)
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Theres something to think about. You know though me and my friends woulda ended up watching some crumy movie or TV show instead of reading and laughing and bonding had it not been for the outage.

Stars are very beautiful. the many pinpoints of light reflect a whole different world and makes you think of aliens, God, heaven, and dupreme beings. They make you want to reach into the sky and yank a planet down.

Me and my friends were going to dress up like we were in the 1800's and take pictures but we got hungry.
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From:djner
Date:August 15th, 2003 07:55 am (UTC)
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I'm surprised that the mall still had power. I've heard stars are very beautiful. From many descriptions, I think I have some kind of idea.
From:sanityoverrated
Date:August 15th, 2003 03:53 am (UTC)
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"New Yorkers can actually see the stars in the middle of Manhattan."
I hadn't thought of that. wow.
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From:hopeness
Date:August 15th, 2003 08:37 am (UTC)
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I live in London, Ontario, between Windsor and Toronto. We lost power at 4:15 and got it back at 11:30. Some parts of the city still don't have power.
We had fun with the bbq, an oil lantern, candles, and our radio, which had batteries for some odd reason.
We had a beautiful walk under the stars and a nice view of Mars.
More in my journal later... we are actually going to Toronto for the weekend, where apparently there are still frequent black-outs...

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