A Photo a Week Challenge: Crowd Control

An ordinary day in a small town. An ordinary day … about to become … different. Exciting. Memorable. Because on this day, the power went out in Hannaford. It was only dark for a few seconds, after which the emergency generators kicked in. It could have been worse.

It was dark throughout the plaza. We will never know why. The wailing siren of a passing police cruiser and the ambulance that followed it might be a hint.


Despite all the computers being down, the lights dim while running on generators, no panic ensued. We waited, patiently, at the pharmacy. We had been waiting to get our flu shots. Although you can give a vaccination without a computer, record-keeping is computer-based.

No computers? No medication. No vaccines. No nothing until the power is back and the computers reboot. You can buy groceries in the dark if you have cash or a paper check, but everything medical is regulated. Sorry, no sale.

Garry took it personally. Another version of slow drivers.

Just as we were about to give up and go home … the lights came back. And all was well. Life was good again.

Categories: Anecdote, Blackstone Valley, Humor, News, Photo A Week Challenge, Photography

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7 replies

  1. Our high-tech modern-day lifestyles, BANKS, wall street, businesses, government, Defense Department operate on the edge. They all depend on a few fragile well positioned satellites, a huge vulnerable power grid, an Internet system that can be hacked into by more people every day. We could find ourselves stepping back in time about 100 years at any time. Me thinks were not prepaired for anything like that. Have a nice day


  2. We have to protect that “grid” if we don’t want to be thrown back into the dark ages.


  3. We have become so very dependant on computers and technology in general. My computer crashed while loading a new Apple operating system. Away to the shop it went for repair instantly, no hesitation. It had to be fixed. I used my GPS to get me to that repair facility and called them on my cell phone. I located the repair business online using my Nexus 7 tablet. We depend on technology for everything.


  4. It’s really fun when the lights go out in a store as huge as Mecca, especially at night when it’s already dark. The emergency lights last for a couple hours, then it’s pitch black. It used to be a fun distraction to work, but now that we’re a Stupidcenter, it just means we have to hurry over to freezers and coolers and scramble to save food. Mecca is too cheap to invest in emergency generators, and the one time they summoned a generator truck to temporarily restore power, it barely even kicked on a third of the lights… and naturally, none of the freezers or coolers.


  5. You found a great image for the challenge. 😀Thanks for joining!


    • It just happened. All we wanted were flu shots. Instead, we had an event 😍

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      • It IS personal! They’re all after me. The slow drovers, the drones which knock out power, the mythical construction crews who destroy our roads and clog the slow driver traffic. It is a conspiracy. The Cabal is behind all of this because of all the exposes I did during my working years. Thought I was dead? Not hardly!


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