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Palisades Highlands Loses Power for Entire Evening

Department of Water and Power was unable to provide any information to residents for the entire four hours the power was off.

Power at my house cut off abruptly on Tuesday night while I was listening to tv and answering dozens of emails. I easily found my flashlight and kept on reading my computer until I realized with the modem shut off all I had access to was what was already downloaded. No outgoing communication would be possible. Phoned the power company who was unaware of the outage (and continued to provide no information to my hourly inquiries) and wandered around the house, beamed my light out the windows, listened for the neighbors. Got bored.

I finally decided to flee from Michael Lane around 8 p.m. after watching power draining from my cell phone and laptop. Released the garage door manually and performed the strongman lift. Once outdoors, I ran into neighbors and neighborhood watch officer commiserating about the outage and offering one another assistance. Phoned in to my elderly neighbor, who reported she was doing crossword puzzles by candlelight and enjoying a respite from the "real world." A midweek Shabbat, I thought. 

Made a brief tour of the neighborhood and was relieved to see utility crews at work but they told me they had no idea what was wrong. See the photo gallery.

I left to car-charge my phone and gas up the Prius. Ralphs points really do give you 10¢ off a gallon at Shell. It feels like winning a sweepstakes. Resolved to keep the tank as close to full as possible from now on.  

Bargain hunting is as good a time killer as anything so went in search of new and efficient flashlights and cheap batteries at 99¢ Only Store, even though I just bought 5 tiny led lamps at Target for $1.00 each. Did some good shopping in a short time but got there so late the place closed before I could finish my tour of all the aisles. Forgot to buy radishes.

Walgreens and Rite Aid in Santa Monica kept me entertained for another hour and I found a battery powered sleep noise machine I thought would save me from a blackout anxiety insomnia night.  

Worries premature. By the time I returned, power had been restored. I found half my missed sitcoms already available on Hulu and expect to find the rest by next week. (Tuesday's a big comedy night on the networks).  Will have to keep a lookout for a rerun of PBS's The Abolitionists Part 1.

Will Maguire January 10, 2013 at 04:39 PM
LOL! Re: "I finally decided to flee from Michael Lane"... and "Forgot to buy radishes." note: Would like to read more hilarity from this writer.
Linda Rubin January 10, 2013 at 09:34 PM
Thanks Will! I have a large body of work available on Patch. You can see my stories by searching for my name. I was the Faith and Charity columnist for the east valley Patch.com sites for a couple of years and did a dozen or so stories here in the Palisades, many of them using video. I'm afraid they aren't all hilarious but you might enjoy my video special "Christmastime for a Jew." Look for it at StudioCity.Patch.com
Sandra Coopersmith January 10, 2013 at 11:20 PM
Oh, I can commiserate and can certainly feel your angst! Very disconcerting to lose power, but I was tickled by your comment about your elderly neighbor enjoying her "respite." Silver linings do exist. Best wishes, Sandra
Michael Zadowicz January 10, 2013 at 11:48 PM
This is such a carefree style of writing by you-your F & C work was much more formal. I'm glad you are back on the beat in your own neighborhood. Great photos!
Donna Galvin January 11, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Great reporting from Linda. We fled as far as Casa Nostra which was packed with others who had also lost power. this made us realize how inadequate our emergency battery lights were and we vowed to stock up on "C" batteries for our mag flash lights.

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