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Where were you

Discussion pertaining to Detroit, Ann Arbor, Port Huron, and SW Ontario
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Re: Where were you

Post by uncleb67 » Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:47 pm

Claymed wrote:
Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:21 pm
I was at work getting ready to go out to see The Stooges at Pine Knob (aka DTE) - I had an all access pass and was supposed to interview Ron and Scott Asheton. Never got to do the interview, but was able to catch the show on make up date. I remember it took me an hour and forty-five minutes to get home, usually 20 minutes at the most.

Luckily, I had just filled up that morning so I had a full tank of gas. Also, I lucked out as I had a car phone charger for my car, so I was able to keep my phone charged the whole time. Pretty much chilled at home or barbecued with neighbors.
I worked in a restaurant, and a guy worked with, probably the greatest waiter I'd ever seen called in "sick" that night to go see The Stooges at DTE. Obviously, the show was cancelled and he was able to properly schedule his night off for the make-up gig. I remember the unscrupulous types I was working for at the time REALLY wanted to stay open that weekend with no hot or clean water, lights, or A/C?!?!? Almighty dollar makes people do weird things!

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Re: Where were you

Post by The Constant Browser » Tue Aug 15, 2017 4:08 pm

I was at work until our relief could make it in about 4:00am. The traffic had gone but the streets were empty and DARK. I realized how much I notice about what is all around when I drive, that in the total darkness, I would lose track of where I was. Many times I didn't know I was passing an intersection until I was in it. The headlights showed what was in front of me but I could see nothing around me. Fortunately when I got home my laptop was charged and my DSL was still working so I could get online a few minutes at a time to read up about what was going on.

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Re: Where were you

Post by MasterB » Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:24 pm

Power flicker looked like it was going to go out which it did for a second but it came back on had it on Fox News saying major blackout.
Go Pistons, Let's Go Redwings.

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Re: Where were you

Post by syntheticexctasy » Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:43 am

My trusty old Mazda MX6 died that day. Just wouldn't start that morning. Later attributed to some electrical fault (though I realize unrelated, still pretty funny).

So I scrapped the battery and car stereo out of it, dragged them in the house and had the loudest stereo on the block. Had an inverter for lights, but didn't have enough oomph to fire up a fridge.

Power was out where I lived in Ypsilanti for one week. I didn't venture much outside a 10mi radius, since gas was kind of short. A couple local party stores, the Belleville Meijer and a few small gas stations remained open partially for the first day, then petered out. One local party store at Rawsonville and Textile actually went out of business shortly after the event, and the space turned into a 7-11.

I now have a generator and multiple inverters.

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