We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
In the early 60's I was a kid in Portland when the Columbus day storm hit the pacific northwest. It was a grand adventure for our family. My dad and I drove around to see the trees down and other wind damage. The power was out for awhile and my mom cooked on a small wood stove in the basement. Our house escaped any major damage but there were trees and lines down on our street. And shingles and debris everywhere.
I now live in the N California foothills and we get some good snow and power outages from time to time. So I have candles, lanterns, canned goods, instant coffee, bottled water, and a propane camp stove. These have all been put to good use. A few years ago I bought a small Honda generator to keep a few things going during three or four day outages. I still think of it as a grand adventure. I'm a 65 year old kid.
We had an ice storm in NW Fl last winter. Many were appalled and miserable with the weather. We had great fun watching the granddaughter slide down the driveway on a cookie sheet and playing in the sleet and ice. I also got some great, well good, photos with the relatively new DSLR. Weather is what you make of it.
It's not so much fun when the power goes out; and it's worse when the power company doesn't acknowledge you power is out because you're in the "all clear" zone. Hit that last September. At first thought we were part of an area outage, but had feedback from offsprings who assured us that "the power was on". Except it wasn't. Husband finally - at 4 am - got a proper phone number to complain and we took turns calling it every couple of hours until - some 36 hours into blackout - they came by and fixed the transformer that had blown (two blocks only, but seriously not on the power company's radar).
Dumbest question I got (when finally got through to one number) was to the effect of "can't you go somewhere"? Apart from the undesirability of abandoning our house during the blackout, the honest answer was "no: all the family homes are full and it costs to rent a motel". Noticed that next blackout - downtown - our mayor was really quick to offer city funds to shelter downtown residents. Will remember that next time.
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