When the electricity isn’t there

A pretty big storm swept thru here on Thursday night — wind gusts up to 80 mph, and lots of lightning.  Living on the ocean, and along a cape that juts out into the Pacific, we get plenty of storms and wind, but this one was a bit much.  Our power lines come down from Oregon, and they went down about 4:45 Friday morning.  The whole county was without power for a while (except those with generators), but the people in town had electricity again by early afternoon.  The power didn’t come back online for our outlying area until about 12:30 last night, and I imagine there are smaller areas that may still be without electricity. 

We are on City water and sewer, so that wasn’t a problem.  Now that we have a gas stove, we could still cook and have our tea without dragging out the camp stove.  But we have electric heat, so it got a bit cold (it got down into the 30s F at night).  We solved that by staying in bed most of the time (though my husband had to be out working in it both nights).  I got some knitting and reading done, mostly by candlelight.

Back about 22 years ago we had a big storm on 13 November.  I remember that one, because we didn’t have electricity for five days that time.  We had a gas stove then, and a wood stove for heat, but our well had an electric pump, so water became the problem.  We solved it by filling gallon jugs with water down by the harbor (which had City water).  A friend’s electricity came back on after four days, so I went to her house for a hot shower.  🙂 

Situations like this make you think about what life would be like if we didn’t have electicity.  The nights would be darker, for one thing.  I understand a couple smaller stores were broken into and robbed right after the power went out.  We’d be back to water heated on the stove for washing.  No TVs, DVDs, or computer use (I’d miss that last one).  Printed media would be more popular again (but more expensive).  Home-made entertainment (such as singing, playing music, playing games, etc.) would also come back into style.  And that’s just the tip of the iceberg . . . think how it would change our economy.  Our environment (for better and for worse).  Interesting things to think about …


About judithornot

Lives in semi-rural Northern California, happily married, retired counselor, night person, knits, plays WoW.
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