Bachi or Premonition?

December 29th, 2008
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Whoa!

So who nevah have powah last Friday? Da whole island right? :shock:

Last week's Feel Good Friday blog "Black Friday II" had a double meaning no? Not dat I had anything to do with it. Did I bachi everybody or had a "vision"? As Uncle Rodney said, it was a Black OUT Friday.

Da Wife and I got home in our normal fashion and as I took da dogs out to do their business, noticed it was pretty gloomy - not dat it was any different from da weather we've already been having - buuuuut, there it was was.... a quick flash of light like from da flash from a camera.... 'den a slow, soft rumble.

Oh boy, goin' storm baby!

Da dogs taking their time and looking up everytime had flash as if they was taking picture and 'den "suck back in" wen they hea' da rumble. Ai-goo! Hurry up!

Then got louder and louder and den da BIG drops started coming down drop by drop. A few minutes aftah dat, a straight out downpour and I told Da Wife, "Babe, watevah you cookin', bettah be now cause we not goin' get electricity."

How did I know? I dunno but dat day jus' felt different.

About ten minutes latah..... bzzztwwwzzt - Black Out.

Wassap Wit Dat!

It's not like nevah thunder and lightning before and it's already been raining fo' choke long time so wat makes it different now? Even HECO is trying fo' still find da answer.... I thought they said they "fixed" da problem aftah da 2006 earthquake? Hmmmm.....

Did I mention we still had to pack fo' da Kauai trip? :???:

So we busted out da flashlights and real funny 'dis one. Terri's Grandpa gave me a "knick-knack" set fo' Christmas. He always gives some kine of gift dat he believes is "useful" and 'dis time he got 'em right! It was a self-powered LED flashlight dat you crank so no need batteries....

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Yeah, dat's my panty dog below me "protecting" me.

 

Da Wife and I stared at each oddah in darkness and cracked up laughing! Needless to say, Da Wife boiled some watah - before da powah went out - and had instant saimin while I had kim chee (thank goodness I saved some fo' us), rice and vienna sausage. We ended up dining by flashlight and was kinda good fun.... at least fo' me. :lol:

We finished packing and just hoped dat da powah would come back on before we left - which it did at a little aftah 3am.

Wat did you do during da Black Out? You had food or had to "hunt"? Did you jus' do old school can of spam or sausage and leftovah rice? Or were you of those with a generator? One of our neighbors had one and da buggah was loud!

Wat can you do?

 

 

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29 Responses to “Bachi or Premonition?”

  1. KAN:

    My mom called to tell me about the blackout so I wouldn't worry about them otherwise. I don't worry about 'em so much during stuff like this anymore. I was sick with worry when I couldn't reach them after Iniki, but they were next door at the neighbor's (who had a generator) and they were talking story, grilling stuff on the hibachi and having a good time. Next time had big storm, another neighbor hooked my folks and another neighbor to his generator so nobody lost food. They have good neighbors - thank goodness.

    How was Kauai? Dat's one noddah post, I bet.


  2. B:

    was having dinner at Zippys waiau wen da power wen off. right across da street is da power plant an still no power- kinda of funny wen you tink about it. da Zippys crew wuz fantastic. neva panic- jus wen bust out da lanterns so we could all finish our dinners, dey made sure everyone wuz ok.
    wen we got home, wuz kine of refreshing- jus talk story an listen to da radio.

    hope your kauai trip was one nice one.


  3. hemajang:

    OK BL, we can blame you for the blackout...Bachi Lance. Only kidding, but your headline on Friday was a forewarning of things to come. You spooky, BL.

    Blackout wasn't a major inconvenience for me...just stayed home with our candles and flashlights, slept early and woke up when lights came on a little after 4am...whoopee! ...made coffee but was disappointed that Roadrunner and cable was still down, so watched a DVD, "Firefly Dreams," nice Japanese film of a rebellious teen connecting with an elderly bachan.


  4. NKHEA:

    Howzit gang :)

    nomo time fo read gatta go pick-up my generators....be back latta :D


  5. 9th Island Girl:

    Busted out the candle, the lantern and the Crayola glow-in-the-dark toy that my daughter got for Christmas, then had my daughter sing for us in the dark. That was nice. I was actually pretty calm: we had eaten already, and the only bad thing was I had a load of laundry in our front-loading washer. Went to check on our senior citizen neighbors, brought them a candle and gave them periodic news updates as it came on at KSSK. Pretty mellow.


  6. Coconut Willy:

    Power neva come back in Salt Lake till 7am. Wuz ok tho. I just finished cooking the kids mac and cheese. The rice neva finish cook but. Shucks.
    We had a portable dvd which lasted most of the night. I plugged in my laptop to charge only 20 minutes before the power went out so neva have juice.

    It wuz ok. I rather have no electricity than no water. We rushed to botcha so da hot water no run out, and we wuz good to go.


  7. islandgirl in nc:

    I remember after Iniki hit and we didn't have power for days. The first night all the neighbors brought out whatever food was in their refrig and we just had a big old cookout! Somehow the food taste a lot better when it's cooked over a grill or cooked outside I guess. I remember the first place to open was McDonald's. I guess that's not surprising, huh? Hope things are back to normal for everyone there. We're having almost spring like temps today.


  8. buddahbelly:

    We were very lucky on Friday. We were going to have our annual mochi making at my daughter's house on Saturday, so had been there to wash the rice. We had just started to clean when the power went off. Didn't have to deal with the loss of traffic signals and being on the road. The daughter started up the gas stove made chili and rice, the neighbors came over and it turned into a nice quiet night with friends and family.


  9. Braddah Lance:

    KAN:
    Next time had big storm, another neighbor hooked my folks and another neighbor to his generator so nobody lost food. They have good neighbors - thank goodness.

    Wow! :cool: Das how it should be yeah? Everybody help out. :grin:

    How was Kauai? Dat’s one noddah post, I bet.

    Rogah dat! :wink:
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    B:
    was having dinner at Zippys waiau wen da power wen off. right across da street is da power plant an still no power- kinda of funny wen you tink about it.

    Yeah, I no live to far from there and was thinking da same thing. :lol: Wat about da people who nevah get their food yet?

    hope your kauai trip was one nice one.

    Weatherwise, surprisingly yes!
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    hemajang:
    You spooky, BL.

    You should have seen my "flashlight" face. :lol:

    ...was disappointed that Roadrunner and cable was still down

    Sometimes I wondah if anybody stay workin' there and manually gotta "reset" everything or if da computer do 'em. Cause even at da airport had electricity but da computers were down... anoddah mo'olelo to come about dat! :wink:
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    NKHEA:
    nomo time fo read gatta go pick-up my generators….be back latta

    You can drop one off at my house too. :grin:
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    9th Island Girl:
    the only bad thing was I had a load of laundry in our front-loading washer. Went to check on our senior citizen neighbors, brought them a candle

    So you had water ready to gush out... good thing cause if da "elderly" knocked ovah their candle you had plenty watah. :lol:
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    Coconut Willy:
    I just finished cooking the kids mac and cheese. The rice neva finish cook but.

    Rice AND mac and cheese? :shock:

    It wuz ok. I rather have no electricity than no water.

    Rogah dat! I made sure I "went" though shortly aftah da black out though. :lol:
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    islandgirl in nc:
    I remember after Iniki hit and we didn’t have power for days. The first night all the neighbors brought out whatever food was in their refrig and we just had a big old cookout! Somehow the food taste a lot better when it’s cooked over a grill or cooked outside I guess.

    Now dat's solid! And yes of course food taste bettah wen you're having a good time!
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    buddahbelly:
    Didn’t have to deal with the loss of traffic signals and being on the road.

    Please people - I cannot believe how many drivers don't know/understand dat down traffic lights are treated as 4 way stops! Sometimes I like just jump out of da car and direct traffic.

    The daughter started up the gas stove made chili and rice, the neighbors came over and it turned into a nice quiet night with friends and family.

    :cool:


  10. acuradriver02:

    We were in Mililani for a Christmas party with my wife's college roommates when the lights went out. I hoped deep down that it was a "local" thing and that our house still had power, but then I called our house and I knew we lost power too, since the answering machine never pick up. Drove home to Hawaii Kai in the dark, really not that big of a deal.

    Junk thing was that we didn't get power back until Saturday afternoon. Actually, it turned out ok, I spent the day cleaning up, since there were no other distractions. Finally, at 2pm, I decided to searching for lunch. Drove to the McD at Kahala and it was full of people from Aina Haina and eastward. Seemed that all the eateries were full of people like me, still without power and just couldn't wait any longer for power to go back on.


  11. Jason:

    I was at home, and the lights flickered twice in about five minutes. I thought, "Uh oh, power's going to go out." Ten or fifteen minutes later, poof.

    I got power here in Salt Lake at 7 too, but it's weird, this place is wired up so awkwardly. After the earthquake two years ago, everyone on the mauka side of Ala ‘Ilima St had power by early evening, while those of us on the makai side had to wait until the middle of the night. This time, I had friends across the Salt Lake Shopping Center get power around 10.

    Just so happened that a friend and I had to cook for a party in Hawai‘i Kai on Saturday. We got there around 12:30, and started planning what to do in case power didn't come on quickly enough. Thankfully, it all came on around 1:30, and we were able to do all the cooking.


  12. Scott:

    Thankfully we were already at home and had just eaten dinner. Plus we were planning to do grocery shopping on Sat. anyway, otherwise we'd have lost a lot of $$ on food because we buy a lot of fruit and dairy products. It was nice, actually, back in our valley. I can't imagine the horror of trying to drive.
    BL, so you went to Kauai this weekend? Look forward to the update, maybe pictures. You guys must have taken a really early flight. Honolulu-Lihue, 17 minutes in the air, I counted once. So short.


  13. M:

    My braddah stay hea from Kona wit his 2 kids so dey wanted to go Ice Palace. We all pau eat dinna and driving ova dea we see lightning and da freeway lights going off. We get dea and no mo electricity. We call some of our friends and nobody get powa so we go home and bust out the camping lanterns and flashlights and the kids play mahjong and we go sleep. The powa came on at 6am.


  14. Ynaku:

    Hilo was ok. Power held up. Surprising with all the Thunder storms we were having. Automatic, shut down and unplug pcs and tv. Living Big Island we know all about power outages so we prepared. I have Gas Stove so can still cook. Only thing is oven no work for safety reason when power goes out, it cuts off the gas to the oven but the top burners working.

    I also have Gas heaters, the instant heater kine. I also have camping lanterns, flashlights and gas grill outside if we feel like roughing it. That crank light are the best. No need look for batteries. I get one with small kine radio so can listen to the reports.

    Poor thing some people. They dunno what to do. And get the lolos that no understand traffic laws. Gotta get refresher course maybe. Nah!, then I gotta go take em too. But it should be announced on the radio, TV if working and newsprint.

    Glad you, Da Wife and Da Parents made it back.


  15. HNL2LAS:

    Hehe... calmer now... as I was ranting on da uhmmm udda Triad blog da other day... but I was at work in town when the power went pfffft.... If not for the loser jerk guest, it was kinda fun!

    Until I had to drive, and den saw all da losah drivers we get on our island, who only care about demselves. Some intersections were blocked off and I had to drive even farther to turn left! hehe.. ended up in Waikiki and saw the loooooong line at ABC store, I thought it was for the BUS! My co-worker said noooo... they going into ABC!!!


  16. HNL2LAS:

    I had bought crank flashlight/siren/radio things for the house a while back when it went on sale. GUUD ting!! Da daddy had used da propane lantern outside, but we needed every single battery in our house for the other lantern and stick up lights (oh das a guud invention too!) and flashlights.

    A few weeks ago we had to open the crank up ones, so we luckily already had it out, but OH BOIYEEE... just cuz i wanted to hear the news? Crank, crank,crank...... less than 2 minutes later... GONE... dang.. crank, crank, crank....longer dis time... ohhh kay.. maybe 5 minutes if I lucky... DANG! hehe... when I went to the bathroom, I had barely enuff time to go and wash hands as I saw the light dimmmmmming...my left hand not as strong as the right, so when I tried to switch (to make the exercise even, bahhaha), NO can!!! I get hard time... hahah... interesting stuff dat nite..... and Saturday too....


  17. Ynaku:

    Hey BL, you gotta go buy da kine emergency lights for when the power goes off. I have couple in my house. I installed it on the wall but you can also put a corded plug on it and plug it into an outlet. Then when the power goes out, at least you can see where you walking so you no trip over your "GUARD DOG" No cost that much considering. About $35 for 90 minutes of light.


  18. bamboohouse808:

    Just like Jason I live on the end of Salt Lake that always get power 4 hours after the other side. Same thing when had the earthquake. Kinda frustrating looking out your window and seeing all those peoples with electricity and you still no more. I saw the flickering lights too so I wen jam all my leftovers into the micro to make sure the wife and I had dinner. Then couple minutes later the power went out and the wife and I had a "romantic" dinner by lantern while listening to KSSK. :mrgreen:


  19. Rodney:

    Was off on Friday and we were just getting ready for our Friday night out dinner with the in-laws. Just about to lock the front door when the lights went out. I look up at the mountain ridges on both sides and they're all dark - not a good sign. Chance 'um so we start heading out to Zippy's Vineyard when I hear calls coming into the radio station of places without electricity. Once I heard Chinatown was out, I figured Zippy's was probably out too. Eh, we go for the cruise anyway, I thought. Until I came to a traffic light and saw the chaos. Okay, maybe we just go back home.

    Spent the night eating Christmas gift snacks and listening to KSSK. Made sure whatever was turned on was turned off. Turned off the power/surge outlets for the computer and TV. Went sleep.

    Got up at 8:00 and noticed that the power had just gone on. Went back to sleep figuring I'd fix the clocks later. Woke up a few hours later and electricity was out again. Finally at about 11:00, full power restored.

    Went shopping at Ala Moana.


  20. Kelli:

    Aigoo! I was at Macy's Kahala when the lights went out and then they came back on. Oh man, I was so scared. No like be shopping in da dark. Anyhoots, I went back to my car and started going home. Then the power goes out all over I guess because no mo' traffic lights. Had to be extra careful cuz some people don't know that the intersections become four-way stops and had pedestrians trying fo' dash across the street. I ended up going to my friend's house and attempted to wait it out. Power didn't come back on, so I went home at some crazy hour. I was too scared to drive when still had plenty cars on the road. We didn't get power back on in Manoa Valley until about 2 p.m. Saturday. WWD! Plus, they jinxed us two times — power goes on and then off again. WWD x 2! Well, it was ok for the most part. Just inconvenient and I ate all da kine bad foods cuz had to snack on any kine stuff.


  21. Braddah Lance:

    Can you believe I'm still at work! :mad: Should be going home shortly then anoddah long day tomorrow. :sad:

    acuradriver02:
    Junk thing was that we didn’t get power back until Saturday afternoon. Actually, it turned out ok, I spent the day cleaning up, since there were no other distractions.

    Sometimes a blessing in disguise eh? :lol:
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    Jason:
    ... it’s weird, this place is wired up so awkwardly. After the earthquake two years ago, everyone on the mauka side of Ala ‘Ilima St had power by early evening, while those of us on the makai side had to wait until the middle of the night.

    Maybe those da guys make mo' kala? :wink:
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    Scott:
    BL, so you went to Kauai this weekend? Look forward to the update, maybe pictures. You guys must have taken a really early flight. Honolulu-Lihue, 17 minutes in the air, I counted once. So short.

    Yup, tons of pics and vid's too! And yeah, dat was da shortest flight evah!
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    M:
    My braddah stay hea from Kona wit his 2 kids so dey wanted to go Ice Palace...We get dea and no mo electricity.

    I wondah wat would have happened if you juuuust paid and went inside and 'den da powah went off... do you get your money back? Hmmm....
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    Ynaku:
    Automatic, shut down and unplug pcs and tv.

    Das exactly wat I did! No way I going lose dat!

    Poor thing some people. They dunno what to do. And get the lolos that no understand traffic laws.

    Yup! Everytime get stuff like dis happening, I always tink, wat if we were like "Castaway"? Would/could you survive?
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    HNL2LAS:
    Hehe… calmer now… as I was ranting on da uhmmm udda Triad blog da other day…

    Das' wat we hea' for! :wink:

    ...but I was at work in town when the power went pfffft…. If not for the loser jerk guest, it was kinda fun!

    I can imagine da kine jerk's get all da "ideas" yeah? :shock:

    … just cuz i wanted to hear the news? Crank, crank,crank…… less than 2 minutes later… GONE… dang.. crank, crank, crank….longer dis time… ohhh kay.. maybe 5 minutes if I lucky… DANG!

    Funny you mention dat - Da Wife wanted to read before she went to bed so had to crank her light and read like one page and crank again and again... was kinda funny. :lol:
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    Ynaku:
    Hey BL, you gotta go buy da kine emergency lights for when the power goes off.

    Not a bad idea.
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    bamboohouse808:
    Kinda frustrating looking out your window and seeing all those peoples with electricity and you still no more.

    Try looking out da window and hearing a generator going... I can only imagine da owner saying in his mind, "suckahs!".
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    Rodney:
    Spent the night eating Christmas gift snacks and listening to KSSK. Made sure whatever was turned on was turned off. Turned off the power/surge outlets for the computer and TV. Went sleep.

    Sounds like us... except fo' da radio part - we no mo'. :sad:

    Went shopping at Ala Moana.

    Wen don't you go shopping Uncle Rodney? :lol:
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    Kelli:
    Aigoo! I was at Macy’s Kahala when the lights went out and then they came back on. Oh man, I was so scared.

    Fo' realz you was scared? I wondah if anybody went five-fingah discount wen da lights went out?

    I ended up going to my friend’s house and attempted to wait it out. Power didn’t come back on, so I went home at some crazy hour. I was too scared to drive when still had plenty cars on the road.

    Your friend nevah let you sleep ovah? Ai-goo.


  22. Rod's Big Bro:

    Ehhh, BL you and I stay on da same wave length, normally I don't bocha till like 8:00, but for some reason at around 5:15 decided it's going storm so bocha now. Den usually I don't eat till like 8:30-9:00, but same reason pau bocha, go grind, cause going storm. Den at 6:30 lites dimmed, den 6:45 WWD. Good thing I had hand crank flashlight/radio/alarm by "Alton" solved my probs till I found other light. Then turned on my laptop, popped in the air card, and radio on-line.

    I just went to "Coleman.com" and went order some rechargable LED lanterns, you keep them plugged in and when power gone, automatically comes on, go check it out. Got gas grill so no worries about grinds, and solar heater so no worry about hot water, and now got lap top with air card so don't really need radio, though do have couple battery radio's.


  23. Rod's Big Bro:

    The funniest thing on Saturday was P&P (Perry & Price) kept telling Road Runner was down. Excuse me but if you have an air card and lap top, then you don't need a cable feed to get up on your puter. Internet Explorer is still running and you just can't use RR as home page. Could get all the nuews and other things, so go out and get an air card, get Hele if you are only going to stay on Oahu, but if you'r going to travel then you need a good air card.

    And for some reason Sprint works even during the earthquake, may be a little more expensive, but it has the quality.


  24. NKHEA:

    Howzit everybody :)

    Neva have time to read or post till lata yesterday, got kinda crazy in da aftanoon :)

    Any who's, me and IKHEA just wen sit down to watch one DVD...me beaa in hand...IKHEA wit glass of wine...den "BINGO" 8O nomo lights...da daughter and boy friend come home wit the bradda and his girl friend little bit afta...go out side get gas stove, put big pot of wata on, add 2 bag frozen hot dogs, 1 frozen Zippy's chili still in da bag...bingo chili dog wit rice :D lucky wen cook rice earlier in da day :) pau eat clean up da mess and go sleep :)


  25. M:

    BL, from what masako stay telling me, you like part of da family almost. :lol:


  26. opso:

    so solly i so late. :oops:

    i coming like HNL2LAS awready! :lol:
    and i know what you talkin bout wit dat crank light/radio. da buggah a piece or cr@p. i had one in my car....along with one maglite of course. so i wanted to test um out. i cranked for like 10 mins. and da buggah last only short while. WWD!! to listen to da radio......you gotta pretty much constantly crank it. i guess betta den nothing tho.

    i was making my down to Best Buy when i saw da lightning and blackened sky. while in Best Buy, da lights when flicka bout 10 mins earlier before it went out.

    i knew i shoulda checked-out what i was gonna buy.....dang. :x
    they slowly escorted everybody out of da store. i waiting in da parking lot for bout 1/2 hour to see if da lights was gonna come back on.....but nada. den when i was making my way home......you peeps got dat right......all da stoopid drivahs dunno bout da 4-way stop at da intersections. :evil:

    my powah when on bout 6:30am. so i went down Best Buy....AGAIN. :roll:


  27. honda si boy:

    black friday II vs. black OUT friday. haha, that is kinda freaky. let me know next time you get one thought about me winning the lottery! :D

    the mall was actually pretty busy that day and at night, the line at starbucks was pretty insane. was kinda funny cause when the power went out, my co-worker was (jokingly) yelling to be calm and remember the spirit of the holidays and not to steal anything. i laughed cause i think he was the most agitated in the store! i think what sucked the most was not having the automatic sanitizer so i had to do it all by hand. took 3 hours to close the store and then i had to be back at work the next morning at 5:00. ugh.

    but it was was neat to live off of instant food and snacks and having my roommate's uku-billion candles light the way.


  28. honda si boy:

    oh yeah, someone mentioned that they were on one of those night-time cruise ships off the south shore and they said it was kinda freaky to see all the lights go out at once. i wonder what it looked like from the air?


  29. snow:

    we had just come home from dinner - lucky us! - when the lights started to flicker! my son said - like you, BL - that we should just turn everything off because the electricity was going to go out! shortly after that, it did!! WWD!?! (eh, you wen talk to my son or wat? hee hee... ) actually, on the way home, we had seen the lightning storm in progress so we knew it was a little more extreme than usual!

    we spent a quiet night at home, playing monopoly in the dark! i won! :) hee hee... (no, i neva cheat and i neva steal anyting!) gave me a good excuse to sleep early and catch up on some much needed rest!