Black out in San Diego and Orange County

I was driving to the library in the next city over late yesterday afternoon when I noticed that the traffic lights were out.  I didn’t think much of it, just tried to be patient with the extra time it was taking to get to my destination.  Then my friend texted me that the electrical power was out in much of Southern California.  Yikes!

One thing you should know about me is I’m one of those survivalist types.  I say types because obviously I don’t have bunker with a year’s supply of food, water and ammo in it (that would be awesome if I could afford it though!).  I am just aware that with world events being what they are, we could have a SHTF scenario at some point.  (SHTF means Shit Hits The Fan!  Pardon my language!)  So even now, without owning a home, I have a bunch of canned food and some water in my van, just in case.  It wouldn’t keep me alive for long but maybe long enough to get somewhere!

So when the power went down yesterday, I started to worry a little.  You may not know this, but without electrical power, even certain water pumps that the water companies use to purify our water, won’t work properly or at all.  There were areas of San Diego that were informed last night that they MUST boil their tap water before drinking it!  So if the power had stayed out very long, we could have had some serious water issues here!  The natives get a little restless during shortages sometimes, so it’s a potentially dangerous situation.

Ok, now that you all think I’m nuts, I’ll tell you what I did.  I decided that since the whole city might be pitch black in a couple of hours, I’d better be in the safest neighborhood I can find and near people I know and care about.  After picking up a couple gallons of water, I headed over to T and J’s house and guess what?  They had power!  They use a different electric company (Edison) and THEIR power didn’t go out.  They were like a beacon of light!!!  And not just electricity-wise.  We laughed and talked and it was so great being with them.  Thank God for good friends!

Van living forces me to be social.  Love it!  PS.  I still slept in the van.  I like it out there!  It’s home!

 

About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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