August 14th, 2013

amy grech, sangria, summer

Where Where You When the Lights Went Out?

10 years ago, the East Coast succumbed to darkness for 29 hours straight. At the time, I worked in an office near Wall Street in Manhattan. At first everyone thought it was a terrorist attack. Like thousands of others, I found a pay phone--I didn't have a cell phone back then--and called my parents and close friends to let them know I was OK and to ask how they were doing.

I'd just moved to Park Slope, Brooklyn, and after walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, I had to rely on the kindness of strangers to find my way back to my apartment. I listened to the news on a battery-powered radio, relieved to know the blackout wasn't the work of terrorists.

Where where you when the lights went out?