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-17 C and no power

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feeling solidarity with places that Russia is not getting fuel to.

power in downtown toronto was out for 24 hours in the middle of extreme cold, so it has been an adventure.

1.Bloor Street, a major street, lit only by cars.
2.The laundromat owners and family eat by candlelight
3. my street, no street lights, no lights but cars.
4. my house, fire, candles, friends, small babies.

17th Jan 2009, 03:39  

Dhamaka says:


17th Jan 2009, 09:08

factotum says:

Now, if it would only warm up a bit, we'd be o.k.

17th Jan 2009, 13:19

Jane Doe says:

Glad you're ok

17th Jan 2009, 13:51

PR says:

what has happened with power supplement?

17th Jan 2009, 14:40

Javama says:

You are very calm about it! No heating - hmmmmm I think that would make me a bit grumpy. OK - more than a bit grumpy. Very grumpy.

17th Jan 2009, 16:52

hildegard says:

Good thing you have a Labrador to keep you warm.
Glad the power's back on - quick, do laundry! ;)

17th Jan 2009, 17:14

factotum says:

Hildegard, that's exactly what I'm doing today, a backlog of laundry. Montreal didn't have a massive power outage like Toronto's, but we were asked not to use appliances such as clothes dryers during peak hours.

17th Jan 2009, 18:03

swamprose says:

PR-it has been so cold here (-29C at night) that the city water pipes are freezing and bursting. One broke under a large hydroelectric station in the middle of toronto, and 250,000 people suddenly had no power. this also meant no heat for most people, so they left to stay with friends. Because I had heat, there were a lot of people at my house.

I read three books. What I really missed was hot water.

17th Jan 2009, 20:18

JEsson says:

I have no concept of just how cold -29C really is except that its beyond 'cold'. I guess blackouts are one way to make you keep in touch with friends and make sure you look after them in case you need a warm bed some time.

You've just help me decide to put on gas in my new place (whenever I actually find one to buy). :-)

17th Jan 2009, 22:31

Geodyne says:

Pleased you're OK so far - do stay warm!

17th Jan 2009, 22:58

Joe says:

Woah, missed this, glad you're ok

17th Jan 2009, 23:00

Earthlad says:

Gr8 story ure pic's tell :-) glad ya all ok.

18th Jan 2009, 10:03

SLG says:

Gosh thats cold. Glad you are okay

18th Jan 2009, 19:35

Caine says:

Haven't had the power out yet, but have that cold. Stay warm and well lit.

18th Jan 2009, 20:18

lilitiger says:

Good to hear you still had heating.

In the next year or so, I want to address the energy/water question myself - think of becoming less reliant on what is piped into my house. I think this kind of power cuts and fuel shortages is going to happen more in the future. Same for water - if for some reason it doesn't arrive to my tap, where do I get it from??

Traveling in Burma for a month opened my eyes on how easy this can happen, in a modern city. It just takes a stupid dictator, or a civil unrest, and everything can crumble.

On the other hand, looks like you had a great adventure and good fun!

19th Jan 2009, 08:44

itchymoblog says:

Yikes, that's nasty! Worse for those with small children, or the elderly. Glad it's restored.

19th Jan 2009, 19:54

swamprose says:

it was an adventure. now everyone meets you with 'where were you when the power blew?'

19th Jan 2009, 20:03

Jig along says:

The reliability of power is a concern here as well. I bought a generator to run the essential appliances like the fridge to keep the beer cold.

What happens to peoples beer when its so cold. Do they start to drink it real quick before it starts to explode.

20th Jan 2009, 22:26

Viv says:

OMG that is cold!
Real fires and extra bodies to keeep warm and the sense of adventure that having to use candles etc and sometimes cook on the fire make these times one remembers.
We can find ourselves without power here if there is a bad storm so we are usually prepared - but so cold no!

21st Jan 2009, 00:34

swamprose says:

Jigalong, Canadians and Australians would never let their beer be endangered. No worries. Nice thing about no power is you have to drink and eat a lot.

Viv, Yorkshire is country and people know how to deal with weather challenges. Here in the middle of the city, only a few of us had heat. Most people left their houses in the cold. Big fear was frozen pipes, but that didn't happen--at least around here. Because it worked out well, everyone is feeling it was an adventure.

21st Jan 2009, 01:18

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