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.