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    Anybody else do the Earth Hour Blackout thing between eight and nine PM last night? We did. Shut everything down and took the dog out for a walk.
    Enchanted Lake area of Kailua was pretty damn bright. I guess not too many joined in. It was kinda fun though----we finished up the hour with candles on the lanai.
    The event was worldwide:

    http://www.abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=4552348

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    Naw, I was eliminating terrorists all night. I just copped a copy of "Rainbow 6: Vegas 2" for my 360. It's piffffffffff.
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    We did it figuring it was a good way to talk to our girls about environmental issues. We, too, went for a walk, around our Hawaii Kai neighborhood. I was sorry to see that very few homes were dark. Oh well, maybe it will pick up momentum over the years.

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    The lights were out at my place.

    I didn't figure TV is a non-essential appliance.

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    Everything was out at our place, other than the fridge and various L.E.D.s.

    We cheated though... both of us were at work. HaHa!
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    I turned off everything that I could. Was in the middle of dubbing DVDs when my calendar gave me a 15 min. warning so wasn't gonna stop that 4 hour session in mid stream. Finding the bathroom was interesting! It's in the darkest corner of my unit. It didn't appear many condos in my Waikiki 'hood or within my view participated.

    I haven't searched the web but are there any reports of significant energy dips during that hour?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Random View Post
    The lights were out at my place.

    I didn't figure TV is a non-essential appliance.
    LOL! You and my father. He wanted to participate in Earth Hour but also figured that the tv was ok if he turned off everything else (well, except for the refrigerator and freezer).

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    Quote Originally Posted by tutusue View Post
    I haven't searched the web but are there any reports of significant energy dips during that hour?
    This report from Australia indicates not much change, if any, there. A couple of amusing notes about people who wanted to go watch the "black out" causing traffic jams. The comments are entertaining as well. We did not participate as I object to dictates based on what I consider a backward-looking agenda. Electricity is one of the great advances of the modern world. We should use it wisely and conserve in our everyday lives but creating a propaganda event to bring us all into line regarding global warming is fascistic, imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WindwardOahuRN View Post
    Anybody else do the Earth Hour Blackout thing between eight and nine PM last night? We did. Shut everything down and took the dog out for a walk.
    Enchanted Lake area of Kailua was pretty damn bright. I guess not too many joined in. It was kinda fun though----we finished up the hour with candles on the lanai.
    The event was worldwide:

    http://www.abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=4552348

    oops! i forgot about it. was on the computer trying to draw up some floor plans. after hours of doing so, i wasn't able to (or just didn't know how) to save the darn thing or print it and POOF! into cyberspace it went. i can only tell you that my tenant had no clue about it either. hallway light was on for HOURS along with all her other lights and tv.

    while you were on your lanai enjoying a beautiful evening, did you happen to notice any egg-throwing st. louis football players hanging around? sorry, had to add that in.
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    I think more people were concerned about the Aloha Airlines issue.

    I was at work at Home Depot when one of my co-workers told me about what was happening with Aloha. Then of course we shut down at 8pm and had our store meeting from 8 to 10pm, all the lights blazing with the training videos, pa system and...well we definately didn't participate.

    I would think at 9pm when all the lights come back on, the surge would tax the nation's power grid to the point of spiking energy usage thus making the whole point of energy awareness a moot point.

    And I would think that blackout period would have been a great time for copper thieves to do their thing when people expect the lights to go out on the streets of Honolulu.
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    Quote Originally Posted by craigwatanabe View Post
    I think more people were concerned about the Aloha Airlines issue.

    I was at work at Home Depot when one of my co-workers told me about what was happening with Aloha. Then of course we shut down at 8pm and had our store meeting from 8 to 10pm, all the lights blazing with the training videos, pa system and...well we definately didn't participate.

    I would think at 9pm when all the lights come back on, the surge would tax the nation's power grid to the point of spiking energy usage thus making the whole point of energy awareness a moot point.

    And I would think that blackout period would have been a great time for copper thieves to do their thing when people expect the lights to go out on the streets of Honolulu.

    I am sure that many people were concerned with other issues but many participated, worldwide, nonetheless. I don't think the crime rate increased significantly during the elective blackout. KGMB reported that the consumption of electrical power decreased by 11% during the period between eight and nine PM.

    No reports of increased copper theft, AFAIK. The request for decreased consumption of power was in regard to non-essential use---obviously this would not include street lights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glossyp View Post
    We should use it wisely and conserve in our everyday lives but creating a propaganda event to bring us all into line regarding global warming is fascistic, imo.
    An eco-friendly fascist state. Sounds promising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Random View Post
    An eco-friendly fascist state. Sounds promising.
    It does doesn't it? Al Gore called to tell me that he is available for the position of High Priest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glossyp View Post
    It does doesn't it? Al Gore called to tell me that he is available for the position of High Priest.
    On his voip? Remember he invented the Internet That's about as good of an observation as Hillary dodging sniper rounds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by craigwatanabe View Post
    And I would think that blackout period would have been a great time for copper thieves to do their thing when people expect the lights to go out on the streets of Honolulu.
    Not all cities participating in the Earth Day Blackout dimmed their street lights. Obviously, that would present a safety hazard.

    As for an Earth Day Blackout giving copper thieves a "golden" opportunity to do their dirty work,.... who's kidding who? It's been happening with the power on, anyway. Those thieves know how to cut off power to the lines they want to target.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankie's Market View Post
    Not all cities participating in the Earth Day Blackout dimmed their street lights. Obviously, that would present a safety hazard.

    As for an Earth Day Blackout giving copper thieves a "golden" opportunity to do their dirty work,.... who's kidding who? It's been happening with the power on, anyway. Those thieves know how to cut off power to the lines they want to target.

    and they've gone and done it AGAIN!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kani-lehua View Post
    while you were on your lanai enjoying a beautiful evening, did you happen to notice any egg-throwing st. louis football players hanging around? sorry, had to add that in.

    LOL...no. Very quiet, very pretty. We walked around, incited a lot of barking from the Order of the Neighborhood Protective Canines, and enjoyed the lovely night sky.
    But we didn't see any ova-pitching. If we had I would have chased the perps down and smacked them about the head and shoulders and given a few scrotal adjustments. Much to the horror of my husband.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kani-lehua View Post
    while you were on your lanai enjoying a beautiful evening, did you happen to notice any egg-throwing st. louis football players hanging around? sorry, had to add that in.

    LOL...no. Very quiet, very pretty. Before the lanai wind-down with candles and adult beverages we walked around, incited a lot of barking from members of the Order of the Neighborhood Protective Canines and enjoyed the lovely night sky.
    But we didn't see any ova-pitching. If we had I would have chased the perps down and smacked them about the head and shoulders and given a few scrotal adjustments. Much to the horror of my husband but oh what the hey you only live once.

    Oh, and we cheated too. We were in the middle of watching a movie on cable when we realized it was nearly eight o'clock. We hit the DVR button and got out the candles.

    I sense a bit of lame-assitude on our parts as far as dedication to the cause is concerned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WindwardOahuRN View Post
    LOL...no. Very quiet, very pretty. We walked around, incited a lot of barking from the Order of the Neighborhood Protective Canines, and enjoyed the lovely night sky.
    But we didn't see any ova-pitching. If we had I would have chased the perps down and smacked them about the head and shoulders and given a few scrotal adjustments. Much to the horror of my husband.

    oh, my! guess they would have gotten more than an attitude adjustment!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kani-lehua View Post
    oh, my! guess they would have gotten more than an attitude adjustment!

    Okay....I guess that was a tad on the harsh side.

    But that kind of behavior just infuriates me. The egg-tossing, the grafitti (sorry, kids---it's not an expression of your "artistic talent"---it's vandalism), the general lack of respect. Infuriating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike_Lowery View Post
    Naw, I was eliminating terrorists all night. I just copped a copy of "Rainbow 6: Vegas 2" for my 360. It's piffffffffff.

    The kane has been on xbox Live playing that every night, from 9 PM on, if he's not working. I've had to record all of my evening programs to watch at a later time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WindwardOahuRN View Post
    Okay....I guess that was a tad on the harsh side.

    But that kind of behavior just infuriates me. The egg-tossing, the grafitti (sorry, kids---it's not an expression of your "artistic talent"---it's vandalism), the general lack of respect. Infuriating.

    i agree with you completely.
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