Tuesday, September 13, 2005


I was affected by the Los Angeles blackout yesterday. My hands were full of food, having gone out to get lunch for myself and an ailing co-worker pal (his poor back!). I was riding up in the elevator to our 5th floor office space when suddenly the elevator stopped and everything went dark. It was pretty shocking. I heard voices directly on the other side of the door. I sorta yelped for help. No reaction. I tried the "door open" button. Nothing. I contemplated the alarm but thought, "Eh. Not yet." Yelped again. Tried the "door open" button again but this time it worked! Freedom!

So some random worker caused this? Sounds fishy to me. Perhaps I've just become too cynical about terror to believe in innocent accidents. Or maybe I watch too much 24.


At 11:50 AM, Blogger Batya said...

I'm glad you're ok. That must have been so horrid.

At 12:52 PM, Anonymous seawitch said...

Yikes, I would have been in a panic. I am very claustrophobic!

At 5:11 PM, Anonymous Jonathan said...

If ever there a time for Jack Bauer to put his electrical skills to work!

Glad both you and Seawitch are doing okay.

(By the way, your word verification filter generated a very funny and Yiddish-y sounding word.)

At 5:23 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

I got stuck for a very brief time in the elevator in my dentist's office. Last time, I took the stairs as usual, and the doors locked behind me and in front of me. Thank God for cell phones, or I'd have panicked.

At least you had some food with you. He,he,he...

Seriously though, I'm glad you got out so quickly.

At 5:36 PM, Blogger drummaster2001 said...

i would not like being stuck in an elevator, glad you got out in the nick of time. i don't have claustrophobia, but after awhile i would be put in a panic attack, gasping for air.

i think the fact that Fox News Channel when showing this story, as well as all medias, seemed to try and get the 'it wasn't a terrorist attack' thing on quickly.

i have one question, why would they [terrorists] cut the lights and have 0 casualties when these same people blow themselves up and put shrapnel in a bomb to cause the maximum amount of casualties? there was no way in hell that the terrorists would pull this. the media was trying to put people in a frenzy.

At 5:42 PM, Blogger Esther said...

Thanks Batya, Seawitch, AOW and Jonathan... Yiddish, eh? LOL.

DM, from what I heard on one talk radio show, if our airport, LAX (aptly named), lost power, then Customs lets everyone through without running checks. Someone could have smuggled something in during the "accidental blackout" and we'd be none the wiser.

At 1:10 AM, Blogger beakerkin said...

I have been through plenty of blackouts in NYC . I doubt this was terror related. In general the media does a lousy job with real terrorism like at the LA EL AL ticket counter. Compare that with Mathew Shepard or the Howard Beach / Bensonhurst saga.

At 4:30 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Good point about the El Al ticket counter. Wasn't that on July 4, 2002?

Another media coverup pertained to the D.C. snipers. Robert Spencer mentions that in his Guide, but I already knew about the Islam and jihad connection from law officers here. And what about that big fire at the complex in Texas? Never satisfactorily resolved as far as I know.

When the media cover up real incidents, it is easier to imagine that accidents are terrorist related. One has to wonder how many lone jihadists have struck and we the public don't even know it.

And after Gadahn's announcement on 9/11/05, it's easy to become nervous, especially in LA right now.

Esther makes a good point about a blackout's allowing for something to be smuggled in. We rely on electricity for so much of our national security.

At 11:35 AM, Blogger Gindy said...

Blogger sucks today. So you were one of those unlucky ones that the news was talking about. This is just a reminder for you to stock up on food and water. Because you never know.

At 1:21 PM, Anonymous hindarochel said...

YOuch, that is scary.
My first thought would be "Oh no, what if I have to go to the bathroom!!!"

I know, I'm odd.

I'm glad you're okay.

At 1:23 PM, Anonymous Rachel Ann said...

YOuch, that is scary.
My first thought would be "Oh no, what if I have to go to the bathroom!!!"

I know, I'm odd.

I'm glad you're okay.

At 7:49 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

I, too, thought about the inaccessibility to the bathroom. Psychological, but every time I'm far away from one, I have to use the facilities. Keeps me off jury duty because I have to take so many comfort breaks.

At 7:22 AM, Blogger rockmother said...

Glad you were OK!

The lavatorial dilemma is indeed worth thinking about!

On 7 July, when they attacked London, the first reports stated something about a "power surge" on the tube. Likely story! Nobody believed it of course. Maybe they think it'll stop us panicking or something. Like Londoners panic..?

At 3:21 AM, Anonymous Bozwell said...

Horrendous experience Esther, I'm sorry you had to go through it. Disturbing how dependant we are on technology isn't it? Scarier still how this does sound like an episode of 24!


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