A Unique Experience from the West Blackout
The next morning after the windstorm, cities attacked by the winds became unrecognizable, both appearance and social wise. The city streets, once filled with only cars and bicycles, seemed to transform into a social town. Men, women, children, and grandparents roamed the pathways, taking photos and complaining to absolute strangers about the disaster. Some neighbors who never met one another took this opportunity to become friends, and helped one another go through this difficult time. Though most conversations consisted of complaints, this natural disaster dragged citizens away from their precious technology and gave them a chance to experience the everyday world of early American life and rural countries. Perhaps it even brought us closer to one another.
Grocery stores became a hot spot for families. Candles were racked up on the front shelves, and workers seemed busier than ever. Without stoves, heat, or light, most people slept early and woke early. Telling time by sunlight and practicing this colonial way of living gave children and adults a new perspective of day and night. Many became thankful for electricity and challenging life would be without it.
The Santa Ana winds brought an unique experience for many of us, but what’s important isn’t how cold we were, how hungry we were, or how bored we felt. There were good sides and bad sides of this powerful windstorm. The Santa Ana showed us a different side of the world and gave us a taste of what many unfortunate people have to go through every day; something we often take for granted. This natural disaster was truly powerful, as citizens describe it; the winds not only shook the city's landscape, but also the people's hearts.