Afraid of the Dark

One by one the lights of the city block winked out, the dark coming ever closer.  We were warned to cut back on electricity consumption, but it has been so God dammed fucking hot here lately and everyone is using their air conditioners constantly.  I have some battery powered fans ready, but I never bought that generator and now I could kick myself for that.  These rolling blackouts are part of a last-resort measure used by the electric utility company to avoid a total blackout of the power system, and they are typically for one hour, then the power is restored.  I can’t go outside, because the air quality has reached hazardous levels now and all of us Californians are continuing to experience historic air pollution from the wildfires.  I have an N-95 mask, but I don’t want to go outside as they are predicting that it is just going to get worse in the next few days and Los Angeles is suffering the nastiest smog in almost 30 years.  The skies are mostly grey because of the massive amount of smoke and ash flowing down from the fires in Northern California and people are waking up with soar throats, as smoke is burning their lungs.

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday hosted by Dylan.

12 thoughts on “Afraid of the Dark

  1. I bought a whole house generator back at the end of July, but it’s taken a month and a half just to get the permits from the town I live in approved. They’re going to start installing it on Monday, too late for the two power outages we’ve had in the past six days. But hopefully it will be online should there be any more rolling blackouts or power failures.

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  2. Where we live ConEdison is offering low-income people some kind of economic assistance on a whole-house battery backup. I guess we qualify, not sure if we can afford it even with the discount. If we can, it might be better just to go whole-hog and get solar. They are being pressured into it because of all the intentional blackouts.

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    1. I have solar panels on my roof that were used to heat the pool, but they started leaking and I had to but a heat pump for the pool. The panels are still on my roof, but they don’t function any more. I read that if you have solar generated electricity that you can sell some of it back to the power company to pay for your investment.

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  3. I’m in the Colorado-Wyoming-Nebraska tri-state area, and even out here the sky is smoky and the sun is red. We have some wildfires that have been burning, but we are also getting smoke from the West Coast fires.
    We really need to get a generator in this house. We get high winds out here and last year the power got knocked out for a very cold and miserable day where we ate unheated refried beans right from the can.
    I would not want to live in L.A. right now. My son and I had to move out of the Denver area because the cost of housing was so high. That’s how we ended up in Grover. I’m not sorry, I actually love it here. I don’t know how anyone affords housing in a big city at this point. The working class certainly can’t.
    ~Cie from Naughty Netherworld Press and Readers Roost~

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    1. I live in Florida and the power goes out sometimes because we have a lot of lightning storms here, but we also get hurricanes every now and then which cause long power outages. Thanks for sharing your story Cara.

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