Top 6 things that may happen during a blackout

The following is a top-six (I couldn’t think of any more) list I compiled in light (no pun intended) of the blackout we had on Friday:

  1. You look out the window and see 6 different families loading up their cars with laundry baskets full of frozen goods to take to their parents/in-laws.
  2. You look out the window and see 4 other families leaving their apartment all-together to go to their parents/in-laws.
  3. The lights will turn on 10 minutes before shabbos, causing you to let out a cheer and a dance, only to be embarrassed when the lights go back off after only 45 seconds.
  4. After bringing your cholent pot to a neighbor who does have power on Friday, they come back Friday night to inform you that they too just lost power, and so you therefore have no cholent.
  5. Because of their big mitzva of walking over in the crazy rain to inform you that their power was out, everyone’s power suddenly went back on.
  6. Your walk home from shul on Shabbos day is greeted by multiple people carrying hot pots of cholent from neighbors who had power all along.

Feel free to add any of your own!

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4 Responses to “Top 6 things that may happen during a blackout”

  1. Lanie Says:

    #6 was Joel.

    #7 – Your newly married upstairs neighbor will be almost in tears not knowing what will happen to her Shabbos food.

    #8 – Your upstairs neighbor (different from #7) will arrive home after dark, take one look at the apartment building and scream, “S~*&, there’s no ‘lectricity.”

    #9 – You will borrow huge coolers from neighbors, go buy tons of ice and quickly transport all of your important perishables (aka baby’s milk) to the cooler. That ice will eventually melt, your toddler will get into it, and you’ll have a flood on your kitchen floor.

  2. aishel Says:

    Good ones!

    #10 – You use your blech for the second time ever, and not sure if its gonna work, you wonder if your food Friday night will be frozen or burnt.

  3. peninah Says:

    I remember living in Pickwick during a hurricane and there being a blackout(in 99 I believe). I was on Doral and people on Jeremy had power. It was crazy. And once again, of course it was on an erev shabbos. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

  4. Sara K Says:

    Thank G-d I never lost power in the 3 years I lived in Pickwick, but I can imagine the chaos! NY was hardly affected by Ernesto…


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