On Sunday night just after 7 p.m., I was finishing making dinner when the lights went out. Fortunately, I was finished cooking, but it still was surprising. There were no storms in the area. In fact, the weather was damn beautiful for an August evening. And here my wife and I sat without power. As we sat down in our back yard to dig in, she suggested I check with Nextdoor.com to see if anyone had reported it. My neighbor had already confirmed that she too was sans electricity, but plenty of people in our area were on the social network for neighborhoods.

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