Lion of the Blogosphere

Stuck in a dark apartment

There’s no power. It’s way too high up to think about walking down the stairs. The downside of Manhattan living.

11:25 update: according to an FM radio station, power is supposed to be restored by midnight. I can see the lights on to the north and south, but I’m still in the dark. Watching the Han Solo movie. So far, it’s way better than the crappy previous movie.

11:40 Power back on! Writing this from my desktop computer. Yahoo.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 13, 2019 at EDT pm

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  1. Are you posting on your phone?

    Rosenmops

    July 13, 2019 at EDT pm

  2. My nabe has power. For now.

    gothamette

    July 13, 2019 at EDT pm

  3. When I read about the blackout that spans from Midtown West to the UWS, I wondered if you were ok and able to function on the updates of LoftB.

    No power generator in your building? It’s prole for buildings not to have a power generator in this day of age.

    Ok, what, who's this again?

    July 13, 2019 at EDT pm

    • Six figure incomes where the first figure are a 1 or 2 are prole in Manhattan. So lion is prole.

      Some Guy

      July 13, 2019 at EDT pm

      • I envision Manhattan being a truly international city in the near future, if the elites are able to sustain it, which means buildings and landmarks will go on sale to the highest non-chinese bidder overseas.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        July 14, 2019 at EDT am

  4. You do keep flashlights in your apartment, right? If you don’t, you really should. And candles.

    Sheila Tone

    July 13, 2019 at EDT pm

  5. lol there are many downsides of Manhattan living
    1) small cramped quarters
    2) no breathable open areas with trees; central park doesn’t count
    3) loneliness while surrounded by millions of people

    Move west…colorado, orgeon, washington, wyoming and you will forget Manhatten and never look back.

    uman

    July 13, 2019 at EDT pm

    • I don’t know anyone in Wyoming. I think my former college roommate lives in Oregon, but I haven’t spoken to him since the 20th century.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      July 13, 2019 at EDT pm

      • Is there any viable place in Greater Meriprolestan to live, for a high IQ, highly cerebral Manhattanite, such as yourself? Alex Jones calls the world “Prison Planet”, which should really apply to Greater America, with its deadening doldrums that span from sea to shining sea. Staten Island is bad enough with its dull outskirts, but magnify its boredom without the guidos, pasta and pizza, and life seems wery wery bland.

        Furthermore, socializing with other urbanites from Real America, for example San Franciscans, and it can give you a culture shock, where you understand that Americans are quite parochial, eccentric, set in their own ways, closed off from the world at large. You realize that you have more in common with someone who lives in Cosmopolitan Europe than someone in the village of San Francisco or Boston.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        July 14, 2019 at EDT am

      • Wyoming has permitless carry. Any place with permitless carry is fine by me.

        Peter

        ironrailsironweights

        July 14, 2019 at EDT am

      • This paragraph from Wikipedia says everything I need to know about Manhattan.

        “Manhattan is one of the highest-income places in the United States with a population greater than one million. As of 2012, Manhattan’s cost of living was the highest in the United States,[181] but the borough also contained the country’s most profound level of income inequality.[182] Manhattan is also the United States county with the highest per capita income, being the sole county whose per capita income exceeded $100,000 in 2010.[183] However, from 2011–2015 Census data of New York County, the per capita income was recorded in 2015 dollars as $64,993, with the median household income at $72,871, and poverty at 17.6%.[184] In 2012, The New York Times reported that inequality was higher than in most developing countries, stating, “The wealthiest fifth of Manhattanites made more than 40 times what the lowest fifth reported, a widening gap (it was 38 times, the year before) surpassed by only a few developing countries”.[185]

        Manhattan sounds like it’s great for the rich but not very nice for everyone else. Most people think of a sh*t hole as a 3rd world slum where everyone is poor. But there are first world sh*t holes, too. Those are places where some people are rich but everyone else is struggling due to extreme wealth inequality and high cost of living. Those conditions tend to make people shallow, greedy and arrogant. And it turns everything into a pissing contest over money and social class. At least, that’s my impression from living in other “global, cosmopolitan” cities.

        destructure

        July 14, 2019 at EDT am

      • Manhattan has a substantial population of NAMs who don’t play the White game of status hierarchy (at least most of them do not). The forces of gentrification have not swept them out completely. This highly dependent, parasitic bunch serves no purpose to mankind or society at large. Their women tend to be hideous and could never wrap around the arms of a Jeffrey Epstein.

        At least the gypsies of Europe determine their own fate, by making music or engaging in the art of thievery!

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        July 14, 2019 at EDT am

    • But what is the job situation like in Colorado, Oregon, Washington State and Wyoming?

      diversityischaos

      July 14, 2019 at EDT am

      • Colorado has a superb dynamic full employment economy, one of the very best in the country. I don’t know about all of Washington, but Seattle has a very strong economy, especially with Amazon’s nonstop growth. I don’t know enough about Oregon or Wyoming to say much.

        Peter

        ironrailsironweights

        July 14, 2019 at EDT pm

  6. Who would be dumb enough to live in Manhattan after 911?

    Marco

    July 13, 2019 at EDT pm

    • “Who would be dumb enough to live in Manhattan after 911?”

      Donald Trump.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      July 14, 2019 at EDT am

      • Trump owns a helicopter that can pick him up at the roof of his penthouse. You don’t.

        destructure

        July 15, 2019 at EDT am

  7. So tell us,what does Lion do in the dark? I can think of a few things…….!

    Maryk (the g-loaded guidette)

    July 14, 2019 at EDT am

    • I was watching the Han Solo movie, but only got through 50 minutes before the lights came back on.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      July 14, 2019 at EDT am

      • Lion, which film is your favorite of the Star Wars franchise? I would guess The Empire Strikes Back.

        Oswald Spengler

        July 14, 2019 at EDT am

      • The original movie from 1977 is my favorite.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 14, 2019 at EDT am

      • Too bad we weren’t hanging out together when the blackout occurred. We could have…………………………………………………………….discussed all things HBD. (What did you think I was going to write?) But watching a movie is good. You also could have been playing with your little Lion ……………………………. (that is, if your apartment lease allowed you to keep wild animals as pets!)

        Sorry, Lion. Just in a weird mood tonight.

        Maryk (the g-loaded guidette)

        July 14, 2019 at EDT am

      • What’s with MaryK getting so flirty? Got into the wine?

        Mike Street Station

        July 14, 2019 at EDT am

      • “What’s with MaryK getting so flirty? Got into the wine?”

        I don’t drink. Occasionally I just like to give a little shock. One day I’ll end up writing something so provocative Lion will splatter his Perrier all over his computer screen!

        Maryk (the g-loaded guidette)

        July 14, 2019 at EDT pm

    • I practice my chipping in the dark on an (obviously) empty golf course. But then I’m one of those SF provincials.

      Marty

      July 14, 2019 at EDT am

  8. Pussies.

    Daniel Heneghan

    July 14, 2019 at EDT am

  9. Hurricane Andrew hit Miami during Aug. ’92; I lost power for 7 days. Hurricane Irma hit FL during Sep. ’17; I again lost power for 7 days. The heat & humidity was brutal w/o A/C. After 2 nights, I was lucky to find a hotel that had power, and that wasn’t at full occupancy with out-of-state electrical line workers.

    Prior to last summer, I bought a $1500 tri-fuel 7500 watt generator (runs on gasoline, propane, and natural gas) and powers the whole house.

    E. Rekshun

    July 14, 2019 at EDT am

    • How much per month does it cost you to run the generator?

      gothamette

      July 14, 2019 at EDT am

      • I haven’t had to run it during a power outage yet. But running on natural gas should not be costly. I’m guessing about $5 for 24 hours continuous runtime.

        E. Rekshub

        July 14, 2019 at EDT pm

    • We were out of power for 5 days after Hurricane Charlie. It seems as if the power companies are doing a bit better at getting the power back on since then.

      Mike Street Station

      July 14, 2019 at EDT am

      • Yes, no doubt. They’ve hardened the infrastructure, and power companies from the southern states all seem to quickly join together at the hardest hit areas and get power back up.

        E. Rekshun

        July 14, 2019 at EDT pm

    • Generator story: a while back a customer at the Major Home Improvement Retailer was looking at a portable generator for several minutes, so I went over and asked him if he had any questions. He asked me whether it was okay to use the generator inside the house. In large red letters on the box, right where he was looking, it said USING A GENERATOR INDOORS CAN KILL YOU IN MINUTES.*
      I was *so* tempted to say it would be fine, Darwin Awards and all that, but of course I couldn’t do that. Later it occurred to me that this dimwit presumably own a house, in an area where prices are high.

      * = not an idle threat. There are no emissions controls on generator exhaust so it contains a very high concentration of carbon monoxide.

      Peter

      ironrailsironweights

      July 14, 2019 at EDT pm

  10. We are getting blasé about power outages. I was living in Boston during the 1965 blackout. No one knew what had happened. Even the radio stations on emergency power had no explanation. (We had a transistor radio.) There were rumors that a nuclear war had begun. People were scared. Now we watch movies on our cell phones.

    By the way. Having experience a five-day blackout, I would tend to keep the telephone turned off to conserve energy for a real 911 emergency, like a heart attack.

    bob sykes

    July 14, 2019 at EDT am

    • My phone was charged to 95% and the backup power brick still had three bars, so I was good.

      I was watching the movie on my Asus laptop.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      July 14, 2019 at EDT am

  11. When you need a flashlight you don’t have time to run around looking for one. So I bought a bunch of those little 3″ aluminum LED flashlights and stashed them in a drawer where I’ll always be able to find one. But for extended use, you can’t go wrong with a Deitz Lil Wizard hurricane oil lantern. For $20 they’ll light a whole room and burn for 45 hours.

    destructure

    July 14, 2019 at EDT am

    • My little LED Maglite didn’t light up the whole room, but I have a bunch of alkaline AA batteries so I wasn’t worried about running out of power for it.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      July 14, 2019 at EDT am

      • Lion on 9-11, did you have one of the little free AM radios that Bloomberg had distributed so folks in NYC could listen to Bloomberg News Radio – the little radio was pre-tuned to that station? I knew some folks that that little radio was one of the only ways they got info about what was going on in Manhattan that day.

        Paul Rise

        July 14, 2019 at EDT am

      • Never heard of them, wish I had one!

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 14, 2019 at EDT pm

      • On 9-11, I heard screams from my female neighbor, who had the radio turned so loud that I heard the announcement of a plane crashing into the WTC, traversing over the wall around 9:00 AM. I also heard a faint scream by a female from a nearby rooftop, presumably after seeing smoke billowing out from one of the towers. Hearing a woman scream is more horrid than a male screaming.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        July 14, 2019 at EDT pm

      • You should get a headlamp. It makes a world of difference in freeing up both hands in case you need to actually do something in the dark.

        Hermes

        July 15, 2019 at EDT am

      • I spent years working under sinks, cars and every other dark place either one-handed or while holding a flashlight in my mouth. I don’t know why I never got a headlamp sooner.

        destructure

        July 15, 2019 at EDT am

    • So many people use their phones as flashlights these days. As a precaution people should always have their phone fully charged and have a portable charger that is also fully charged. That should hold you over for a few days if used sparingly.

      toomanymice

      July 14, 2019 at EDT pm

  12. Waiting for the Greg Gutfield show on Fox. Instead we had endless hours of blather and footage of NY during a partial blackout.

    This is news? Get a grip guys.

    gda53

    July 14, 2019 at EDT am

    • Times Square was dimmed out and it’s a place where NAMs like to roam roundabout. This is indeed news for the concerned.

      Ok, what, who's this again?

      July 14, 2019 at EDT pm

  13. Will there be a baby boom in 9 mos.?

    Curle

    July 14, 2019 at EDT am

    • Hey, I just gave myself an Resistance idea. Adopt an social justice policy that prioritizes routing (wheeling) available electricity to minority neighborhoods during outages. Whitey will be in the dark without Netflix and porno and will resort to old fashioned entertainment. Nine months later. . . .

      Hat tip to Maryk.

      Curle

      July 14, 2019 at EDT am

  14. Where I grew up losing power was a monthly if not weekly occurrence, particularly in winter. One of the strangest culture shocks of moving to NYC was seeing how people freak out over blackouts.

    toomanymice

    July 14, 2019 at EDT pm

  15. When did it start? I don’t see any timestamp on the post or comments.

    Mrs Stitch

    July 14, 2019 at EDT pm

  16. People assume the weather here in Montana must be awful, like Buffalo or something. But shit like this never happens.

    Mrs Stitch

    July 14, 2019 at EDT pm

    • In my town in the interior of British Columbia we rarely have power outages–maybe one a year at the most. It is usually caused by a vehicle ramming into a power pole somewhere. It is usually fixed in a few hours.

      Once, when I was still teaching (I have just retired) there was a power failure on the evening of a final exam. The exam was scheduled from 7 – 10 pm. This was in December, when it gets dark early. There were a number of exams scheduled that evening, but the one I was involved with was a statistics exam. There were several sections, with different profs, for this course. We decided amongst us to give the students the option of not writing the final, but using their term mark (from midterms, quizzes, etc). We couldn’t postpone the exam because some students already had travel arrangements, etc, and it wouldn’t be possible to find a new time that worked for everyone.

      The college had some emergency lighting, but only had enough power for some dim lighting in the hallways. So some desks were moved out to the hallway, and a few students wrote there. In my section, ALL the students decided not to write the final. The students felt as if they had won a lottery. As I was walking out to my car I saw some of my students driving past, whooping and honking their horn in celebration.

      Rosenmops

      July 14, 2019 at EDT pm

  17. I’m surprised no one in New York is blaming this on Trump. He must be showing how easy it is to cut the power off in a major, blue-state city…a harbinger before The Storm.

    Anyone check on the status of Jeffrey Epstein, to make sure some black ops group hasn’t off in yet?

    map

    July 14, 2019 at EDT pm

  18. I’m sorry to hear that, I feel your pain…and in summer no less…bleh!

    Cailin Conroy

    July 14, 2019 at EDT pm

  19. “It’s way too high up to think about walking down the stairs.”

    You should have ordered a pizza. Make the delivery guy walk those stairs! haha

    destructure

    July 15, 2019 at EDT am


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