Friday, September 9, 2011
POWER OUTAGE here in Southern California
NO electricity when it was 113 degrees! That's what it was like here in the desert yesterday afternoon. I noticed signals out when I went to pick up the grandson, Ben. And, when I got to the babysitter's house, all power was out. That isn't unusual for Coachella. I headed over to our daughter's house as she called me to ask me to stop by and let her little dog out and she didn't have power either. And, the gates at their complex were each halfway open...hmmmmm.....Our son didn't have power either and his house is a lot hotter than our daughter's, so Ben and I stayed put at her place. Yes, I had the munchkin with me! So, he got lots of water (no ice, since the icemaker is all enclosed) and we played with the toys in the toy chest. We also went out back and played with their decorative rocks and rolled on the grass. But, it was HOT outside, so inside we went...hm......it wasn't comfortable inside either. And I was pretty much stuck there...We had nowhere else to go. Power was out all over Southern California. I couldn't call out either because the cells were too busy. So we waited inside and I got hotter and hotter. I sponged off the baby and he seemed to be okay, but, as an "older citizen", the heat was really affecting me. I drank water and some apple juice, but I was getting lightheaded. Finally, the power came on at our son's house (he has gates, too, as his complex) and I headed over to "dada and mommie"'s house and air conditioning. When you think about it, the gates on their complexes are electric, their garage door needs a clicker (Claudia missed class because she couldn't get her car OUT of the garage!), icemakers are electric, fans are electric...I dropped off the munchkin and headed home (where we DID have electricity) and it was so nice to walk into a cool house! However, hubby said that, while driving, he had to pull over twice because HE got lightheaded due to the heat. Yes, apparently there IS school tomorrow (darn!!!) although 3 schools are still without electricity.