Major Blackout Sparks Romance


Starry NightRomanticism is still going strong, you’re not off the hook just yet. We have a few days left to celebrate “National Resurrect Romance Week.” The long-awaited weekend is here and now’s the perfect time to woo your loved one and demonstrate that flowery side of yours. I’ll admit, the theme of my last post “Romancing the Stone: Combining Dinosaurs, Presidents and Love” was rather prim in nature (what with all the science talk) and I promised to touch upon the lovey dubby side (Michael Webb, the founder of this holiday would be proud,) so here goes:

Remember the day (today, August 14th to be exact) in 2003, when the earth stood still (literally) in the U.S. Northeast, including regions in Canada, due to a massive power outage that, after a lengthy investigation, was traced back to a company in Ohio? One power plant after another shut down sparking a chain reaction that left the entire region in the dark. People were frantic, some were stuck in subways  and word has it some were even stuck mid-air on roller coasters. At the time, I happened to be located a mere 200 miles South of the chaos that broke out in New York City and was I left unscathed. I won’t lie, had I been exposed and standing smack dab in the middle of all the commotion, anxiety probably would not have escaped me. But I do know one thing: I would not have missed the opportunity to catch a glimpse at the stars in the sky that probably never shined brighter.

I’m a hopeless romantic (like Michael) and am therefore suggesting a trip to one of the Nation’s most celebrated planetarium’s this weekend.

Here are our top picks:

There are many more planetariums that are worth its while. If you don’t have one nearby, a stroll through a park (or along the beach) will do the trick as well. After all, “National Resurrect Romance Week” is all about small gestures and taking the time to show your loved one just how much you care.

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