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Unplugged

Last night during the last 10 minutes of Lost, everything went dark. At first, I thought the TV had just collapsed in on itself, but no, the power was out. We had some light because the laptop was on, and it hopped over to battery power. We looked out the window. Streetlights out. Whole village without power.

So I found the flashlight by the light of the laptop and lit some candles, and we got into bed and shared the iPod so we could listen to Escape Pod (a sci-fi fiction podcast which I heartily endorse.)

The weird thing was, the moon was full. I went out on the porch and could actually see the neighborhood solely by the light of the moon. I think it helped that there was a lot of snow on the ground, but just the grassy areas, so there was a sharp contrast between the street and the lawns. But it was still really wild looking. Everything was in shades of blue. I wished I could've taken a photo, but I doubt it would have looked anything like what I was seeing.

And it was foggy out, so the moon was all hazed over. Wow.

So never again will I read a novel in which the characters are doing something by the light of a full moon and think to myself, "Yeah, right." You really can see quite well by nothing but the light of the moon, even through fog.

And now to fix all the clocks that are blinking 12:00

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ephemera
Mar. 21st, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
Eep - power cuts are interesting things - immediately alarming, but I always love being able to see the sky so clearly. The amount of light pollution is one of the very few things I don't love about my city, and it's something I revel in when I go away to the countryside.
jordan_c_price
Mar. 21st, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
Light pollution is a big deal in this little village. Apparently the last village president was so against it that he had all the streetlights replaced with different lights, but instead of waiting for them to burn out, he just expensively did all of them at once.

Of course, I hear about these things after the fact.
byrne
Mar. 21st, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
When I was camping in the Outback I read a novel by the light of a full moon. It was stunning and delightful. <3
jordan_c_price
Mar. 21st, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
Wow, what a beautiful memory of your trip! I really had no idea that moonlight was that bright.
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