Around 2:00 this morning, I was sitting in one of the Goretti common rooms with Jay and all of the power went out. We didn’t think much of it because the backup generators put some of the safety lights on pretty quickly, but as we were leaving he asked one of the guys if the lights on their floor went out, too.
They told us that all of the lights in the city were out.
It was cool and freaky at the same time. I stopped at my dorm to drop some things off, but then we decided it would be fun to go exploring. The campus itself didn’t feel too different because of the backup generators. The hallway to my room was scary as heck, because the only lights that came on were the exit lights, so it was lit with a very dim red light. All of the stairwells had lights on, and the cafe and most of the student union was lit. It actually kind of bothered me that the lights in front of the oratory went out. I’m just so used to being able to see it all of the time that to look and see a dark space was worrisome. Lucky the key card things still worked so we were able to get in and out of places.
We ended up going to one of the balconies of the student union. The only lights we could see were two big lights from a plant near us and the elementary school. Everything else was dark. The stars from the balcony were beyond fantastic.
We sat up and talked for about an hour and a half before suddenly all of the parking lot lamps and town lights went back on. We stayed up for another hour and half, just being together.
The whole night was so sweet and romantic. I felt like I was in a movie.
The only sad part is that I just got an email saying the water might not be safe to drink and that we should boil our water to sanitize it. Yuck.