The Power! The Power!

Power went out here just short of 11am and only now resumed. I am happy to report we did not have to eat any of the domestic animals in the ensuing, thankfully short-lived civilizational collapse.

Hope you all likewise managed to avoid the apocalypse.

22 Comments on “The Power! The Power!”

  1. For future interest, Coleman makes some pretty awesome camp lights nowadays.

    Last time our power was out for four days we bought two, and just one was bright up for my grandmother and I to sit in the living room and read at night. They take 8 D batteries, but it’s totally worth it if you’re tired of sitting in the dark.

  2. I am happy to report we did not have to eat any of the domestic animals in the ensuing, thankfully short-lived civilizational collapse.

    Well, that’s a relief…

    Reminds me of that ’70s science miniseries Connections by James Burke. In one of the episodes he talks about the night the power went out through much of the northeast because of a simple relay switch that malfunctioned. People were trapped in elevators and subway trains, but simply sat and waited in the assumption that the power would come back on eventually.

    The point he made in the episode is, what if everything stopped and never started again? How would people react to a fundamental breakdown of civilization? The answer is many people would die — starved because they don’t know how to survive in the wild, murdered because they’re not strong enough to defend themselves, etc.

    So, all in all it’s a good thing the power came back on. Let’s hope the alternative never comes to pass…

  3. So far here, only a couple brown outs. We’ve had the clingy, hangy, and very slippery type of freezing rain all day, so I wouldn’t be surprised if a couple power lines go dow[connection lost]

  4. Dude!! You tellin’ me I didn’t have to have that apocalypse? Crap. Now I gotta put back my flashcards of the apocalypse. There I was instructin’ the younguns on the critical difference between zombies (ugly, slow moving, eat people), Mutants (ugly, fast moving, eat people), and senior citizens (It’s ugly, slow moving, get social security, don’t eat people, uuuusually . . . .), and how to tell them apart, (hint, see who reacts when the ss check is late . . . or who gets mad when you don’t take your xmas lights down in time . . .)

  5. umm… Moveable type had me as:
    Arrow Quivershaft.
    Now, not to urinate on anyone’s good handle, but I might resent the implication your blog is making about me and bodice rippers. (Though whether this would be the name of a hero or heroine, I submit to debate.)

    Okay, MT strangeness aside, I was going to congratulate TexasPatrick on the apocalypse flashcards. Need to add that to my EOTWAWKI kit.

  6. Brett L @ #8…it happens to me quite frequently, being misnamed, so I definitely think it’s an MT bug of some type. It hasn’t happened in a couple of weeks, but when it does, I’m usually quite amused by the nickname (or mishmash of recently used nicknames) it gives me.

  7. “Power went out here just short of 11am and only now resumed. I am happy to report we did not have to eat any of the domestic animals in the ensuing, thankfully short-lived civilizational collapse.

    Hope you all likewise managed to avoid the apocalypse.”

    Speaking of which, have you read “Dies The Fire” by S. M. Stirling?

    With best wishes,
    – Tom –

  8. Kohler makes really nice automatic backup generators. Voltage and frequency stabilized to be kind to master’s nice electronics. Runs off the 500-gallon LP tank. Did I mention that increasingly utility infrastructures in the U.S. are getting creaky and we’re getting all this wild weather these days?

    Just sayin’…

    Dr. Phil

  9. The wind has been pretty vicious today in SW Ohio today … that’s probably the culprit. I’ve already got the generator filled up, since the wind meter at the local airport is saying 20mph+ with up to 35mph gusts.

  10. Oh, and it never hurts to check out back-up power sources. Couldn’t afford a generator, battery-backups didn’t have enough power, so we found a batter pack that does everything we want–can run the blower for the (gas) hot water heater off it, run the refrigerator every few hours to keep it down to temp, and it can be charged off a car battery.

    Not great for the apocalypse, but if that comes, we’re heading out of town anyway.

  11. changterhune – Before you hear lies from Chang Terhune himself, we thought we’d tell you the truth: without us, his old action figures, he’d be nowhere. He loved science fiction from way back and began reading it at an early age, but it was through us that he acted it all out. That’s what led to the writing. He watched a lot of science fiction shows like Star Trek, U.F.O, and movies, too. But we were always there to do his bidding. And it’s like they say: you always forget about the little people on your way up. Oh, the 70’s and early 80’s with him were good times! He’d use these blocks and make all the crazy buildings for us to be in his stories. I gotta say the kid’s imagination was pretty damn fertile. Oh, he had friends, but they just weren’t into it like him. He was like the Lance Armstrong of action figures. And of science fiction. At first, when he began writing in the eighth grade, we didn’t mind. He still made time for us. And we knew that when he was holding us in his sweaty little hands and he got that far off look in his eye, he’d come back to burying us in the back yard or - god forbid! – blowing us up with firecrackers. But it was worth it for a part in one of those stories. We loved him for it. He kept us around even when we were minus a leg or two - or even a head. In that mind of his, he found a use for all of us. Then he discovered girls. October, 1986. It was like the end of the world. One day we’re standing in the middle of this building block creation he’d pretended was some marble city on a planet near Alpha Centauri and the next we were stuck in a box in the closet. Not even a “See ya later!” Nope, it was into the closet, then we heard some high-pitched girly-giggles then silence. We didn’t see him for years. We got word about him once in a while. Heard he took up writing, but it was crap like “The Breakfast Club” only with better music. We couldn’t believe it. Not Charlie. What happened to those aliens with heads he’d sculpted out of wax? Spaceships? Those complex plots? All gone. For what? You guessed it: Girls. Emotions. “Serious fiction.” I tell you, it was like hearing Elvis had left the building. During our two decade exile in the closet, we heard other things about him. He went to college. He wrote a lot, but not much he really liked. We knew it even then. It was like he didn’t dare write science fiction. Some of us had lost hope and just lay there. Others kept vigil, hoping for a day we didn’t dare speak about. Then we heard he’d stopped writing in 1996. Did he come to reclaim us? No. He took up music for ten years or so. He took up yoga. Once in a while, he’d visit us in the closet. But it was half-hearted. His mind was elsewhere. Then one day, he really did come back for us. One second we’re in the dark and the next thing we know we’re in a car headed for Massachusetts. Suddenly we got a whole shelf to ourselves out in broad daylight! Then he bought a bunch of others form some planet called Ebay. He’d just sit and stare at us with that old look. But why were we suddenly back in the picture? He had a wife now, who didn’t mind that he played with us. So what had happened? Turns out he’d never forgotten about those stories. He’d been thinking about all of us and the stories he’d made up and then remembered he’d been a writer once. From the shelf we could see him typing away. Before long he’s got a whole novel together! Then he’s working on another one. Word is there are two more in the planning stages! Some short stories, too! It’s good to see him using his imagination again. Its good to know he never abandoned us. He returned to his true love of science fiction. We hear the stories are pretty good. Someday we’ll get one of the cats to score us a copy of the manuscript. Man, it’s good to be out of the damn closet! --- I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me
    Chang in Japan!

    HA! I think you’da gotten eaten in the power going out, son. Them cats is mean looking at Kodi looks hungry for flesh. You wonder how ZeusTempKat survived in the wild; wonder what he live don before then?

  12. John H.

    I’ve been reading S.M. Stirling’s The Change novels that hinge on just this plot point – all at once, electricity and explosions (and apparently all other high-pressure technology) ceases to work. Is not pretty.

    I is taking notes…


    Dude. Please tell me those flash cards are real. Saving throw vs shiny just rolled up a natural 1, with an additional -5 on ST vs stuff involving zombies. Seriously, epic fail of, well, apocalyptic levels going on over here.


  13. I’m a big fan of end-of-the-world stories and S.M. Stirling’s series is just another in a long line. Charles Sheffield’s Aftermath series deals with a similar problem but set in the middle of the 21st century, the near future. If you think blackouts in the present are bad, imagine when EVERYTHING is run by computer chips which is rapidly becoming the reality.

  14. I’m being a broken record, but remember what I said about “Cryanthology?”

    I suppose it is too soon to have the windmill in the backyard I suggested?

    One serious suggestion for people concerned with electrical outages is a voltage inverter instead of a generator. You hook it up to your car battery and let your car generate the electricity. This takes advantage of the large gas tank cars have.

    Pay attention to the wattage though. The tiny cheap ones won’t handle much more than a computer or very small light. The big ones can handle large appliances such as freezers or furnaces.

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