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.
Returned home at 3:45 P.M. yesterday from pitching for Little League batting practice. Garage door opener did not work. No electricity. Only carry car key, so got house key from secret hiding place. Told all not to open refrigerator for any reason. Got out my 1950's AM transistor radio and tuned to local news station. No one had a clue; just lots of jabber. Got out my 9 flashlights and camping lantern, plus battery powered Jack-o-Lanterns. Gavin (6) is ecstatic that it's Halloween and wants to go trick-or-treating. Supper is room-temp cans of Spaghettios. Yummy. Radio says that school is cancelled for Friday. The boys are even happier. They're deprived of snow days and hurricane days here in San Diego. Kids on my block all playing in the street. No parents mention any regret at missing President Obama's re-run of sameo-sameo speech. Radio says that a worker in Arizona power company tripped something or other during routine maintenance that cascaded throughout western Arizona, Imperial and San Diego counties, southern Orange County, and northern Baja Mexico. Spokesperson for power company at news conference says that the lack of building power plants and power lines (while not mentioning the envirocrazies) makes the power grid more vulnerable. Electricity returned to my area at 3-minutes to 10 P.M. Wife immediately looks for the TV listings so she doesn't miss the ten-thousandths rerun of Law And Order. I finish a spy novel and go to sleep.
Which only goes to prove that one idiot can bring down the entire grid quickly and efficiently with little or no effort. Who cares about car bombs? All you need to do is place a trained terrorist at the electric light switch and blamo - they win. :>)
Three comments. I move down to hurricane country and the very summer I leave, a hurricane hits New England. Sheesh.
At least in winter, you have the wood stove if you're smart.
We had a 15 Kw Kubota diesel powered generator at the house in CT - it was a legacy generator from the farm we bought, but we were never without power. When power was out for a long time we had a steady parade of neighborhood folks taking showers, making hot meals, etc. :>) Generators are cheap nowadays - 5 Kw for around $600 or thereabouts. No excuse for being out of power.
Tom, I hear you on the generator, I need to get one. I have food, a 55 gallon drum of water, self defense stuff, getting chickens, but need a generator.
I was in Home Depot yesterday in Tucson. They had a stack of bug-out bags in the aisle. Things are getting positively apocalyptic!
We got our whole-house generator last summer, when we realized that our strength was no longer enough to roll out our little Honda generator every morning of the 12 [yes, count 'em 12] days we were without power after Hurricane Ike. Believe me, there are families all over town who have done the same. And the power company [Unreliable Energy we call it] is miffed that it can no longer strike terror into our hearts by breezing up to the door and saying, "We're going to be turning off power around here for oh, say, three or four hours."
You are correct in the vulnerability of southern calif. They live at the end of long distance power lines and water acqueducts (pipelines). How many tens of millions of people are at risk if service is disrupted for days? I doubt redundancy is built in their power and water supply systems. Blick