How Geeks Do Blackouts

December 29th, 2008
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Yeah, I know, I'm shmall kine late with the blackout report, but I figgah since errbody else already blogged about it up in here, I'd try to present a different angle for all y'all, 3 days aftah da fact. *grin*

Now I don't consider myself a geek by any stretch of the imagination, but I do have geeky tendencies. LOL! Below, you'll find what one pseudo-geek did to pass the time of what literally turned out to be "Black" Friday.

Unless you make your home far far away, I don't have to tell you what happened to most of us during Friday's fiasco. What I do want to tell you (and what I also want to hear from you) is how we (you) spent our (your) day battling the dark "night". Get it? Pretty good play on words eh? *patting self on back* Anyway...

The night started with some false alarms. The flickering of the lights. Some subtle hints warning of the impending doom, er gloom, ah, blackout. Wifey and I rushed to get our dinner a-cookin', but the electric gods were not with us.

*POOF*

Power be gone!

Ain't no thang. We were kinda mentally prepared for it actually. But it did suck, as, I'm sure it did for the rest of us. (One story I heard was of those stuck in the "Bodies" exhibition when the power went out. That must've been nuts yeah!? Talk about real life haunted house! LOL!).

Thanks to all of the candy and treats our friends, family and neighbors gave to us for the holidays, we pretty much had a jubilee of options for a replacement meal. And although Chex snack mix is not the ideal meal, we at least had 30 days worth in case the power didn't come back for another month. :P

With no electricity, there was no form of entertainment to speak of. Like errone else, TV, Internet and Phone were all down, so we were reduced to working on our Thank You cards under candlelight (My eyes are still burning). 8)

When the vision started to go and the fumes from the marker became too much, I took periodic "Virus Buster" breaks on the trusty DS. Staring at a bright screen in pitch black darkness however, is not so guaranz balbaranz, so I had to take a break from taking a break, naw-mean? So it was off to find the next thang to do. Hmm, let's check the Internet on my phone...

Awww yeeeeeaaaaah!

Da buggah works!

So what do I do? I check my email, read my feeds on Google Reader, do a lil' bit of Facebook, and then pop on to Twitter.

WOAH!

Note to self (and others): Twitter, during island-wide blackouts, is the place to be son!

Thanks to the (Hawaii) Twitter community sending constant updates about their situations and the news they've gathered from others, I was not in the dark, while in the dark, if you know what I mean. I was able to piece together what was happening all ova the island without electricity and without moving a muscle (except the ones in my thumb). Apparently, the Hawaii blackout related messages (marked with "#hipower") was the number one tracked term on Twitter search at the time. Pretty amazing.

I gotsta give mad props to @johngarcia (John Garcia from the Advertiser), @hawaii (Ryan Ozawa), @KGMB9 (Jared Kuroiwa is that you?), and a few others for keeping many of us afloat when we were looking for something, anything.

The next morning, the power was still not back for us "Milsville" peeps, so it was time for more geekiness. We busted out the ol' crank radio to listen to Perry (on the left) and Price (on the right) on KSSK to find out what the dealio was, and mixed in a few more rounds of DS and Twitter for good measure...

Funniest quote of the day (from wifey): *pouts* "I'm washing dishes for food we didn't even eat!"

Talk to me!
* Is that geeky enough for you? Were you even geekier than me?
* How did you end up spending your night/day?
* What area do you live and what time did your power end up coming back on at?
* Any other thoughts or feedback on the blackout or weather in general?

Holla!

17 Responses to “How Geeks Do Blackouts”

  1. bB:

    nah, that's not too bad. i go on my blackberry when i travel or when i gotta wait at someplace.

    i don't live on oahu, so i had power. but, i'm thinking about getting a generator to power up the the refrig just in case in da future get something.

    my friend was texting me from oahu and he was bored. he was also on da phone browsing the internet.

    hopefully all the ones using phones didn't have low batteries and had to charge.

    as far as the weather, no can help. it's mother nature. at times like this, you just to have appreicate what you have and deal with a little inconvience. hopefully everyone was safe and sound.


  2. Kel Sr.:

    Aloha Ed,

    Like everyone else, spent the first few minutes of darkness looking for the portable radios, flashlights, lantern, batteries, candles, etc.! Great to have Hawaiian TelCom service (it does work) and cellphone service
    (T-Mobile was not working for the first couple of hours, while Nextel/Sprint was working the whole time).

    KSSK did broadcast information thoughout the evening which was so good to have!

    Of course, I received many calls from my work place personnel on duty until 11:34 that night, then I went to work to iron out problems with our facilities with no power! The drive to work with total darkness was erie to say the least!

    The priority for HECO to get certain infrastructure power again leaves me to believe that a review must be done to ensure that the priorities are still valid or not!

    I'm sure that all the federal, state, county and private organizations will have a lot to say about this blackout in the very near future!

    Sorry, but due to security and law enforcement concerns, I couldn't get into details of my statements.

    Moral of this outage: "Be prepared for the potential of any type of disaster or incident!" Have your disaster kit ready and check it from time to time to ensure it will be usable when needed!


  3. dsosa:

    you know, having lived on Oahu and Hawaii isle, the peeps on big I know how to survive. Most are already outfitted with outdoor cooking situations, gas grills, choke coolers, multiple five gallon water jugs, generators, toilet paper, cases of V sausage.. They set. Always ready for emergencies.

    We had power so I was catching up on DVDs. But I did end up talking story with my Oahu pals. I think we had worse weather than you guys. Gotta give props to HELCO and God for keeping us lit, no power issues at all.

    And ed, khnl was the only news that didn't broadcast at ten that nite. Sup with live, local, late breaking? Guess the hd switch had something to do with it.


  4. M:

    My brother from kona is here with his kids so that night we decided to go to the Ice Palace. On the drive down we notice that the freeway lights was going off and by the time we got there it was completely dark. It was a good thing we didn't get there earlier and get caught in the dark while skating. We drove home and got the camping lanterns and flashlights out. We just went to bed early and the power came on at 6 in the morning so it wasn't so bad.


  5. zzzzzz:

    I wonder if there will be a bump in births about 9 months from now.....


  6. NeedaHobby:

    Sad to say, I'm not up to speed with Facebook, Twitter, etc. I don't even have the full-on cell phone plan with internet access. I do finally have text messaging though ;) I guess I'm considered more of a nerd than a geek. In a blackout (or while travelling for that matter), I'm fine catching up on my reading (those itty-bitty LED book lights work wonders!) and listening to my iPod. Just gotta be sure that the iPod is fully charged!


  7. frankie:

    It's nice to know that despite the fact that...

    Our sewer systems are still unable to prevent "overflow" when it rains more than 5 minutes and during blackouts...

    ...the roads break out with potholes like a teenager with zits after it rains...

    ...HECO got owned by a flash of lightning...

    ...leaving only 2 hospitals with functioning CT scanners (I got my sources ;-)) that night...

    ...that at least we can spend our money on important things...

    ...like RAIL! IMUA! Gosh, I miss the infrastructure of the mainland.

    Haha! Okay, that'll be my only cynical remark for the week! :-) We spent our night watching our portable DVD player.


  8. Miss Pris:

    Hey Ed!

    I was at Ala Moana Shopping Center when the power went out. My daughter and I got stuck in Pac Sun...but thank goodness the employees were nice and knew what to do. They immediately started directing everyone to the doors to let people out one by one (guess they were making sure no one was stealing). Once we got out...we made our way to our car. It took us over an hour just to get out of the parking lot onto Piikoi Street! It was absolutely CRAZY!!

    Driving home (to Hawaii Kai) was eery....but everyone knew to stop at all intersections...so we made it home safely.

    Thank goodness my house has gas heaters and stoves...we were able to take hot showers and still get our grub on. It was kinda nice....in a peaceful kinda way.

    Our part of Hawaii Kai didn't get power till 2:00pm...and like you, I was checking my email and Facebook account on my iphone!! Thank god that was still working! I will never take electricity for granted! haha!


  9. World Wide Ed:

    * bB:
    hopefully all the ones using phones didn’t have low batteries and had to charge.

    I know yeah bB!? I usually like to drain my battery down to 1 bar before recharging so good ting it wasn't out of juice that day or I would've been screwed! Hehe!

    * Kel Sr.:
    Moral of this outage: “Be prepared for the potential of any type of disaster or incident!” Have your disaster kit ready and check it from time to time to ensure it will be usable when needed!

    Good advice Kel Sr. It's always to good to be preapred for the worst!

    * dsosa:
    And ed, khnl was the only news that didn’t broadcast at ten that nite. Sup with live, local, late breaking? Guess the hd switch had something to do with it.

    Haha. No "axe" me dews! Gotta pressha da big bosses ova dea! ;)

    * M:
    It was a good thing we didn’t get there earlier and get caught in the dark while skating.

    Hooo, yeah... good thing M! That would've been dangerous! Glad to hear you guys are ok!

    * zzzzzz:
    I wonder if there will be a bump in births about 9 months from now…..

    Haha! I heard about that theory too zzzzzz! Glad someone spoke up about it here. Hehe!

    * NeedaHobby:
    Sad to say, I’m not up to speed with Facebook, Twitter, etc. I don’t even have the full-on cell phone plan with internet access. I do finally have text messaging though I guess I’m considered more of a nerd than a geek.

    I'm ahead of you with Internet on the phone NeedaHobby, but behind you with the text messaging. Haha! They gotta come up with a mastah package that has everything for one low price yeah?

    * frankie:
    Haha! Okay, that’ll be my only cynical remark for the week! We spent our night watching our portable DVD player.

    Nice! I forgot about that one! Mine is brand new though so I don't think it has juice in it yet anyway. If you were a nice Kalani-an, you would've drove it over to our crib. :P

    * Miss Pris:
    Thank goodness my house has gas heaters and stoves…we were able to take hot showers and still get our grub on. It was kinda nice….in a peaceful kinda way.

    NICE! So lucky! I was *this* close to busting out my grill and finishing our meal over a real fire. But ah, next time I guess. Glad to hear you and your fam got home safe too MP!


  10. cw:

    hahah thank goodness for twitter saturday night. and i'm sorry for all the drunk tweets. it really felt like i was twittering off into the blackness because i couldn't see my stream, only send out.

    thanks to everyone that dm'd me the situation.

    our night in chinatown turned out to be amazing at bar 35!

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/note.php?note_id=40123659836


  11. J.P.K.:

    listening to kssk was all the entertainment we needed that night. it's amazing how many stupid people live on this island. you'd think with the power outage the last time during the earthquake, people wouldn't freak out as much this time around ... guess not. hahahaha. the caller of the night for me was that lady that drove for an hour to kapolei because they still had power ... only to get there when their power went out. price's comment of "congratulations (on getting there)" was fricken' hilarious. the scary moment of the night though was driving on kapahulu by asb and seeing a car on fire in the parking lot. maybe the flames looked bigger than they actually were because there was no other lights on, but the flames looked pretty damn big.

    @zzzzz: i wouldn't be surprised if there was a bump in births in 9 months. first thing my gf's friend texted her is you should either play board games or make babies to pass the time.


  12. World Wide Ed:

    * cw:
    hahah thank goodness for twitter saturday night.

    I know right c dubbs?

    * J.P.K.:
    the scary moment of the night though was driving on kapahulu by asb and seeing a car on fire in the parking lot. maybe the flames looked bigger than they actually were because there was no other lights on, but the flames looked pretty damn big.

    Dayem J.P.K.! Too bad you didn't get some shots of that. It might've been worth some money! Hehe!


  13. HNL2LAS:

    I don't do the twitter thing or read it, but I wish I could have read it that night! My regular ole cell was on its last bar.... and no electricity means no charging the cell, unless I sit in the car! bahahahaah...

    I had to crank, crank, crank the light/radio when I got home cuz I wanted to hear the news... but eh... hand was getting tired already! hehe.. I was really wishing I had gave in and bought a DS! I was tired after dealing with the power outage while at work and then the driving with the crazy people, so I went to sleep pretty early, for me that is! heehee..... das okay..... I needed da sleep, I was so tired! My side of Kaneohe had power back on at noon on Saturday.


  14. snow:

    We spent most of the night playing Monopoly in the dark! Darn, I could have gotten away with not paying rent most of the time 'cause my son and mom weren't paying attention! Ha ha... Luckily, we had just eaten dinner out so were nice and full. We could see the lightning during the drive home - wow, LOTS of it!! My son said that we might as well turn off all our electrical stuff and, sure enough, the electricity went out shortly after that! We keep our battery powered lanterns, radios and extra batteries right in the living room so, as soon as the power went out, we had our flashlights handy. My niece was at Ala Moana so she came over and had to sleep over, rather than try to drive home. If anything, we had some good family time and I had a good excuse to go to sleep early and catch up on some much needed sleep! :)


  15. World Wide Ed:

    * HNL2LAS:
    I was really wishing I had gave in and bought a DS!

    It actually comes in handy everywhere HNL2LAS: trips, blackouts, etc. Hehe!

    * snow:
    We spent most of the night playing Monopoly in the dark! Darn, I could have gotten away with not paying rent most of the time ’cause my son and mom weren’t paying attention! Ha ha…

    Plus with the dark, you could've probably stole from the bank without anyone seeing eh snow? :P


  16. snow:

    watchu talking 'bout ed? i was the bank! bwahahaha! ;)


  17. World Wide Ed:

    * snow:
    watchu talking ’bout ed? i was the bank! bwahahaha!

    Nice! Stealin' from youself eh snow? :P