A little before or after 9:30 this morning a loud explosion was heard in my neighborhood. And then the power was gone. Phonetically it was somewhere between a “whank!” and a “whump!” My first thought was either a serious car crash or an Iraqi terrorist exploding an IED. It turned out to be an exploding transformer or juncture box about a block away, or right next to the Urth Caffe. SCE trucks and cop cars and fire trucks soon descended. I’m now filing this from a nearby Starbucks.