This Thanksgiving season has been interesting. A couple of days before that holiday my power suddenly went out about ten minutes into the Colbert TV program I was watching that night. Having had my lights suddenly go out before, as I have previously described HERE, catching me "unarmed" in the bathroom, I had added to my regular strategically placed full-size flashlights by purchasing several small flashlights to place about my home in even more locations. I was well prepared this time.
A phone call to my electric company revealed I was the first to phone in and the woman to whom I spoke said she didn't know what had happened either. I wasn't the only one wondering, if even the company representative didn't know. Another call later I learned this was a planned outage and they didn't know how long the power would be off. I went to bed.
The next day the power didn't come on again until around 10 a.m. Meanwhile, there had been public service news reports that Santa Ana winds, sometimes as strong as 100 mph whipping downslope through mountain passes, were expected as we approached the holiday -- that our electric company might need to cut the power in some areas for safety reasons, but I hadn't thought we would be affected.
Harve Presnell sings "They Call the Wind Mariah" (remastered). from the movie 'Paint Your Wagon" (original Broadway musical)