A blackout that knocked out power to much of East Austin on Friday night was restored just a few hours after the Pedernales substation "tripped" offline, according to Austin Energy.
For nearly three hours, 10,000 customers were left in the dark, including dozens of bars and restaurants that lost income from the busy weekend evening after being forced to ask customers to leave.
But the blackout didn't darken our collective sense of humor. Almost as quickly as the power went out, the hashtag #atxblackout took over the Austin Twitter trendmap. So in a nod to our very funny fellow Austinites, we present our favorite tweets from the Austin Blackout: November 2013 edition.
@austinenergy is this going to last long?? It's spooky getting high in the dark— Alex (@al_style_makeup) November 2, 2013
Remember, when you pull your car inside to recharge your iPhone, open at least one window in your house.— Chris Owens (@ocell) November 2, 2013
Just coughed for like 5 minutes and a gummy bear came out. I haven't eaten gummy bears in 2 years #atxblackout— Dylan J (@PartyInThePL) November 2, 2013
We have taken to burning bowties in a trashcan here in east Austin during #atxblackout. We have no other fuel but your hip bowties.— The Midgetmen (@themidgetmen) November 2, 2013
Stage 2 #austinblackout survival plan: pb & nutella sandwich on 9 grain bread. Pairs with red wine, guarding homestead from zombie hordes— Kit O'Connell (@KitOConnell) November 2, 2013
We're almost to the point of the night where #atxblackout becomes a double entendre for a lot of people.— Dustin Blanchard (@dblanchard) November 2, 2013
so if you opened a tab pre-electricity era do most bars POS remember now that it's back on?— atxhipsters (@atxhipsters) November 2, 2013
Hour 2 of #atxblackout. Its still dark over here. Westlake is still mocking us. Morale is sagging.— The Midgetmen (@themidgetmen) November 2, 2013