Minutes ago I was reminded that it was seventeen years ago today that the big power outrage happened in Ontario, Canada, and many of the U.S. eastern states.
That was a day to remember. I was lucky in that my power snapped back on in my Toronto neighbourhood at about 9:30 that evening. A friend who lives just east of me waited for a few days. He told me that he and his wife lost about two-hundred dollars worth of meat -- they had shopped just the day before.
When power was restored I was sitting at home, chilling, relaxing: a mass of LED lights popped on around me, reminding me how much "phantom" power there was about. That was sobering. We are electricity pigs.