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Topic- What Did You Do During the Blackout_

Topic- What Did You Do During the Blackout_

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Published by Jeffery Chen
PiaoR Topic: What did you do during the blackout? My parents went back to China the day before the blackout, so I just stayed home by myself during the blackout. I didn’t know about it for another ten minutes. That’s when the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) running my personal computer, my cable modem and my router started beeping to warn me the time was running out. I calmly close the document I was working on, checked my eBay auctions and my E-mail one last time and powered down my personal
PiaoR Topic: What did you do during the blackout? My parents went back to China the day before the blackout, so I just stayed home by myself during the blackout. I didn’t know about it for another ten minutes. That’s when the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) running my personal computer, my cable modem and my router started beeping to warn me the time was running out. I calmly close the document I was working on, checked my eBay auctions and my E-mail one last time and powered down my personal

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PiaoR  Topic: What did you do during the blackout? My parents went back to China the day before the blackout, so I just stayed homeby myself during the blackout. I didn’t know about it for another ten minutes. That’swhen the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) running my personal computer, my cablemodem and my router started beeping to warn me the time was running out. I calmlyclose the document I was working on, checked my eBay auctions and my E-mail one lasttime and powered down my personal computer. Then, I patted myself on the back for being prepared for once.It was fine in the evening. After all that, I just cleaned up the house. But it was ahorrible night for me. There was no candle in my house because my parents liked to usekerosene lamps. My parents brought several kerosene lamps from China to this country.Sometimes, they used the kerosene lamps in their bedroom during the night. They toldme that when they used them, they would flashback to the day they were in China. Whenthey were young, they had no electricity, so people always used the kerosene lamps andlanterns. That night I used the kerosene lamps. I had never used the kerosene lampsbefore, but my parents had taught me how to use them. I thought I knew how to use them.There were very inconvenient because they had to be filled, and the glass globes had tobe cleaned of the black soot that gathered on them when they were burning. The wick hadto be trimmed off nice and square so that you got a full burn, which gave the most light.These lamps did not give off much light. I had to have one hanging over the corner of thetable. So, when I was trying to study or eating, it was hard to see.During the night, I was afraid that someone would drop or knock a burning lampand spill the oil all over. This would have most likely caused a fire that would have

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