So, two days ago Puerto Rico experienced the worst power outage in decades. And I learned a new word, “apagón” (blackout).
At the same time as my hubby was flying away from Mayaguez to San Juan to begin his journey to Barcelona (not the one in New York, no no), a major explosion at a power plant in Central PR caused damages to two main 230, 000 volt transmission line. Begin domino effect here! The entire system shut down to protect itself. Or so they said.
People were quick to lay blame. But one of the coolest images I saw was comparing an aerial image before and after the apagón.
And I see how intertwined I am with electricity. Obviously not just for lights, but for trying to download all the photos Trevor sent us from Spain.
I thanked God many times for the fact that we had a generator, and a water cistern with a pump. Because eventually the water pressure dwindled to dribbles. Friends checking on each other, getting updates through our intermittent internet, and remembering how to simply unplug and enjoy the natural light. It’s like camping – get your house organized and picked up before sunset or you’ll be sorry. I felt like worshiping the sun every morning.
I imagined this on the news that my father watches every night, but then thought more realistically. This probably isn’t news to anyplace else.
|And imagine on top of all this – my friend was delivering her twins in one hospital in town and my neighbor was administered to a different hospital the night of the explosion.|
|Never a dull moment!!|
|Silver lining: ESTRELLAS!! Millions of stars. And a faint outline of the Milky Way. = worth it!|