This weekend, folks at The Generator Project are once again encouraging us to take time for face to face engagement in our community.
The Generator Project was inspired by the blackout of August 14, 2003, on the Eastern seaboard of North America. Over 500 generating units shut down that afternoon and it resulted in the power being shut off to over 55 million people in Canada and the United States anywhere from 2-7 days.
I can recall driving back towards Toronto and stopping Barrie to visit a chiropractor that I had visited during my years at Molson. He had wonderfully bright windows in his office, but the power was out. He proceeded, like so many others, to just keep working through what was assumed to be a minor power outage.
As I continued down the 400, I was not aware of the outage, given that it was still daylight, until I pulled into the roadside stop for a bathroom break and power was off there as well.
People were talking about the outage and that it was widespread.
Checking in with Kathy and the kids, it was apparent that this was a massive outage. Rather than facing the mire of traffic at rush hour, I diverted to see the in-laws in the countryside. We lit up the bar-b-q, waiting for power to return.
As dusk settled in I headed home with an eery approach to the Toronto skyline in darkness. This was a serious situation!
Back in the neighbourhood, friends and families gathered on front porches and lawns to converse about what was transpiring.
I decided I’d have to bbq my walleye catch, from earlier in the day, after a morning of fishing near North Bay. The neighbours were thankful for that.
Hundreds of thousands of moments like this took place in August of 2003.
When was the last time that you turned everything off and took the time to just collect with neighbours and friends to chat about life?
The Generator Project is all about bringing together family and friends for social interaction. There need not be any other reason than to come together in your community.
So…have you planned a Generator Weekend event within your community yet? Check it out, engaged, converse, relax and revel in the joy of connecting face to face in dialogue with family and friends. Check them out on Twitter @GenProjectOrg.
I hope you are inspired by the Generator Project. I know I am. Cheers ! @FergDevins