Picture from Neal McLain – Utility Pole Google search page
This is a bit off topic, but I had to ponder this issue today and wondered how you would deal with it.
The reason I contemplated this today was because our power was out for most of the day. That is not a comfortable thing to experience in the summertime when you live in the desert, but as a woman there is always plenty that needs to be done at any given time so I found something to occupy myself until the power was restored.
My husband, on the other hand, had a hard time dealing with this as he is constantly on the internet or watching TV. Since he’s retired that is the daily life he’s chosen. Because of this, not thirty minutes had gone by and, he was pacing the floor. He finally went to visit a friend. There has to be constant noise in his life – 24/7, so as a result we have something blaring away around here all the time, be it internet videos, TV, or the radio, or a combination of these. I’m driven crazy by this, but I try to tune it out to the best of my ability and escape to the peace and quiet of upstairs whenever I can.
Anyway, this power outage got me to thinking just how much we depend on electricity these days. Frankly, I don’t know how we would live without the internet and it’s how I do my freelance work everyday. I use Word to write my books and stories, if I’m not on the internet, so a computer would be hard to live without. What a marvelous piece of technology it is.
I don’t watch that much TV, but now and then I try to relax and watch a good mystery or some senseless sitcom you don’t have to think about. Usually I’m reading a book, or writing, or attempting to catch up on email.
When you have the hot summers we have here in the desert, I wonder how I could survive without A/C too. The fans don’t even work when the power is out. Of course we never had A/C when I was a kid growing up in south Texas. I often wonder how we even survived when I look back at those times now. We had the old “box fan” and that went non-stop during the summer. For those of you who do not know, it is very humid in Texas. Many days it would reach near 100 and the humidity would be 98%. We always had sweat running down our back and beading up on our face. Maybe someday I’ll write more about those times.
We have all become so spoiled to modern conveniences. I definitely appreciate them, but, if it came down to it, I’m sure if I had to I could manage without because, after all, what did our ancestors do? The internet would be hard to give up though.
I welcome your thoughts on this.