I don't know whether those of you outside of southern California heard, but we had a huge power outage here yesterday--pretty much all of southern California, western Arizona, and northern Mexico abruptly went dark yesterday afternoon. Nothing like a complete loss of power to make you realize how dependent you are on electricity. No internet, no tv, no radio, no phone. No gas, either, since the pumps rely on electricity. No air conditioning, no refrigerator, no microwave...I could go on all day. The traffic signals all went out--right before rush hour--which was a nightmare. And my washer and dryer stopped mid-cycle. I suppose it would be paranoid of me to think the whole thing was just a cosmic smackdown directed at me because I was gloating about getting my dryer fixed an hour earlier and was celebrating by doing laundry.