It was 5 years ago today that the Blackout of 2003 shutdown power to Southern Canada and down most of the Northeastern cost of the United States. I was in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the time attending some Check Point VPN-1/Firewall-1 training, had just thrown out my back, and was stuck in my hotel room without power or even the ability to use, let alone flush, the toilet.
Let me tell you….hobbling around with a herniated disc is probably the last thing you want to be doing in the dark. The staff at the hotel was kind enough to bring me some crackers and cheese and told me to call out from my hotel room if I needed anything (my door was left open in case I needed help). Luckily I was able to struggle through it and make it home when the power came back on.
Can anyone top that Blackout of 2003 story? 🙂