Left work at midnight and drove home via Church Street. Piece of cake. I do it five nights a week.
Got lucky and made it past all the lights, even at Hoffman Street. Then my headlights seemed really dim and my muffler got annoyingly noisy. Feeling guilty, I looked around for a police cruiser.
That's when I noticed that there were no lights at all in Elmira Westside, and all the way down Church Street through the Town of West Elmira!
None. We were in a blackout, from Hoffman Street west towards Corning. Corning also experienced a blackout later on. Rumor has it a transformer blew. The paper never knew.
Up Guinnip to First Street and our little Friendly House, right there in Little Pond. No lights. I got out of the car.
No sound at first, although later I was able to detect water dripping into the sewer. At that point I also could see light on at one house, way up. No doubt some people were firing up their backup generators. Once inside, I worked my way towards our Black and Decker Storm Station.
By the auxillary room light, I made myself a Bailey's and milk, turned on the gas fireplace, got undressed and went to bed.
The power was restored shortly after I hit the sheets. Back downstairs, turn off the fireplace, return the flashlight to the Storm Station, back up stairs once again.
Another night in Little Pond.