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Oct. 24th, 2009 | 12:33 am
mood: irritatedstill coughing
music: Sufjan Stevens/Osso - Year of the Monkey | Powered by Last.fm

What every autumn power outage should include.

Tonight was a planned potluck among the urban planners, to begin preparing for our large conference in the spring. I brought an enchilada casserole, and within 20 minutes of arriving the lights began to flicker. We ended up without power for most of the event, but Chelsea's candle supply meant business could continue as usual. It was a great time trying Korean and Romanian and Haitian and Brazilian and Michiganian food all in one meal and chatting with the 15 or so assembled folks. Less fun was the overworked building staff coming in to inform us that we had to leave within a few hours because the emergency power source (lighting the hallways, and thus our exit) might not last the night. Various latecomers informed us that lots of North Campus also had no power; the library even closed, which is somewhat monumental because it's the only 24 hour library we have. After I left that event, stuffed full of excellent food, I drove around North Campus and it was sooper interesting to see it dark and quiet. Not having HVAC units or street lights or anything like that running makes our built environment really quiet, and I did like it.

Then I went to Espresso Royale (which had electricity) and did some homework, and now I'm home (which also does) and going to sleep in a few minutes. What a grown-up Friday night this has been. Of course I'll temper that with a Saturday full of Halloween costume shopping, some tailgating, and gay bar visiting.

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Brian

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from: bender772
date: Oct. 24th, 2009 04:43 am (UTC)
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I'm curious what Michiganian food is. I'm even more curious if I actually know what it is!

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Oct. 24th, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)
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I was mainly referring to the Faygo! But we also had American-ish dishes like homemade mac and cheese, stuffed mushrooms, and roasted brussels sprouts.

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Brian

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from: bender772
date: Oct. 24th, 2009 04:57 am (UTC)
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I <3 Faygo. I always find a way to have some Redpop or Rock 'n Rye when I'm home. Orange is good too.

It sounds like a good time despite the power failure. The power rarely goes out here. But, I do remember it going out at least a couple of times a year when I was still living in Michigan.

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all these flavors & you chose to be salty

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from: cheesecaketart
date: Oct. 24th, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC)
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Haha, temperance!

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Oct. 24th, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
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It gets more appealing every year.

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fousheezy

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from: fousheezy
date: Oct. 26th, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
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Soooo... did the power go out just because or what?

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Oct. 26th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
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Don't know; it was kind of windy, but I'm pretty sure our power lines are underground anyway.

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