Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

08 Mar 2002, 16:06 p.m.

When the blackout occurred, I was in a small, nearly…

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2002 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

When the blackout occurred, I was in a small, nearly empty restroom on an underground level of Dwinelle Hall. I did not know what had happened to extinguish the lights as I sat on the toilet in the complete darkness. Had a blackout occurred? Did these lights always go off in this bathroom a little after 5 pm? Was someone waiting to assault me?

Fortunately, I had flashlights with me, which reduced my panic, and I called out "Anybody there?" and heard no one at all and looked under the door and partition for feet and saw none and so I cautiously exited and stole out towards the light.