11 - August 18, 2003
time again for my world famous weekly thought.
The place where I tell you everything that is going on in my head
and stuff thats happening with me.
Where were you when the lights went out? Were you left in the
pitch black dark like I was, or were you not even in the affected
area? Well, wherever you where, you did know about the biggest
power outage in US History. Over 50 million people were without
power. I was in New York City at the time and was actually just
about to get on a bus to head to the subway so I can get on over
to the Bronx. It was a good thing that I took my sweet time at
the house and the power went off before I could leave. I was in
my room making my hair all pretty, listening to the radio when
the light went half power.. (like a brownout) and the music on
my radio stopped, but the radio was clearly still on. I didn't
think anything of it and went down to the laundry room to get
some of my shirts out of the dryer. When I was down there. I noticed
that the lights were completely out. I figured it was be back
on in like 5 minutes. We had this all the time living in Florida.
But after a while, nothing. The microwave clocks were still off,
the fridges stopped and everything was quiet. The phone rang and
it was my cousin's boyfriend calling from Manhattan to see if
we had any power. We said nope. He told us that his office is
running on backup generators and that the power is out all the
way up to Connecticut. This was a little odd. So I go outside
and I see one of our neighbours, they asked me if our power was
out too, and I told them it was out everywhere. My little cousins
never been through a blackout before and it was funny watching
them try to figure out why the microwave, toaster, and electric
can opener wouldn't work. We got our battery operated radio to
listen to any updates on the power outage and at that time, they
still had no idea what happened. Only speculation that it was
somewhere in the Niagara / Mohawk power grid. It was getting really
hot indoors with the air conditioners not working, so I took the
kids outside so we could take a walk in the open air. While walking,
I took some pictures:
With No Lights
first picture there I took was how the traffic lights were out.
This led to traffic chaos. There were no police directing traffic
at the intersections because they were all dispatched to more
serious locations. Regular citizens had to take it upon themselves
to direct traffic. We walked by the 7-Eleven, the Wendy's, Taco
Bell, McDonald's and they were all closed. It was very disappointing...
I walked back with the kids and we crossed this park that had
a boating dock. We spent time seeing who could throw the farthest
rock. We later returned back to the house as the sun began to
set. We got back to the house and lit candles so we could see
our way around. My aunt called and told me that she was stuck
in Manhattan, she wasn't going to even bother trying to make it
back to Long Island and go spend the night by my uncle in the
Bronx. My cousin, Jazmine, however, was stuck
on a subway train to Brooklyn. We were waiting for her to call
us back and tell us where she was. But with all the cell phones
down, that was near to impossible unless she had a quarter to
call from a payphone. So we had to wait until she found a way
to contact us.
for me and my little cousins, we managed well. My other cousin,
Rosi, hung out with us since her apartment is
so dark and humid. It was better to be with people than be alone
in this darkness. We went outside with our flashlights for a little
bit to actually look at the sky. You could actually see the stars!
You could never see that here before. We spent time gazing up
and trying to pick out the constellations. We met Tony
and Serena who invited us to chill out on their
open air patio. We played cards, jenga and listened to the radio
for updates. The night went on... until we were all finding ourselves
falling asleep on the patio. Until, at 12:30am, the lights came
back on. We all celebrated and went to plug back in the fridges
that we disconnected earlier in case of a surge.
next day, all we could talk about was, "Where were you when
the lights went out?" My cousin Jazmine did make it home,
read her version of getting stuck in a subway tunnel here.
to Shea Stadium and the NY METS for welcoming me
Goes To His FIRST NY METS GAME
My little cousins got free tickets from their school to go to
a New York Mets game. Apparently they had an extra one... who
else to go with them than their favourite cousin, cK? So I have
never been to one before. This was my first time in Shea Stadium.
It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. Spending so
much time in the Bronx, you are kind of very pro-Yankees. (everyone
should be) I almost felt ashamed to be at a Mets game. But it
was all good. I didn't pay for the ticket. Iif I did, then I could
see where I would be I should rightfully hang my head in shame.
Lucky for me, it wasn't just any other day at the park. It just
happened to be Italian Day at Shea Stadium. So every inning and
whenever there was a break in the play, they would put up some
random Italian fact on the big screen. Interesting to know, like
Guglielmo Marconi was Italian and invented the radio. That's cool.
There were more, but I was distracted by the plethora of Italian
women that surrounded me in the stands. When Mike Piazza got up
to bat, forget
it! The place went nuts! Literally deafening! All the women were
drooling and cheering for their Italian NY METS superstar. The
following pic is a shot from where I was sitting. I think I had
a great view. I actually like being high up, I don't like being
all tight and crowded in those lower levels. I need my space!
Shea Stadium is a nice park. Behind the score signs you can see
the subway trains roll by and the planes landing into LaGuardia
Airport. It baffles me that New York is just so big that it can
have 2 very different major league baseball teams, in the same
city! The last time I was at a baseball game was in Toronto with
n8. You know, come to think about it, that game was exactly a
year ago this week. You can read about that here.
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