Fear of disconnection

Once upon a time, a power outage was almost an adventure.

Now it scares the fark out of me. What’s changed?


  1. McGehee »

    1 August 2018 · 8:07 am

    Mrs. McG and I used to kick around the idea of having a generator for outages, though I’m still capable (I think) of pulling open the garage door to effect a bug-out if necessary.

    Of course, then we’d be faced with the challenge of getting to a place that still had power, and the kinds of conditions that would knock out our power would almost certainly also result in blocked roads.

    I think we’ll resume kicking…

  2. hollyh »

    1 August 2018 · 8:17 am

    This is why I get terrified by news stories about the Ruskies infiltrating our power grid. I become helpless and desperate, about 3 hours into a power outage. It’s easy to imagine riots in the streets, after 3 days.

  3. Roger O Green »

    1 August 2018 · 9:25 am

    The Daughter forever wants an energy outage. We get to use the candles (if we can find the candles. and the matches)

  4. fillyjonk »

    1 August 2018 · 10:02 am

    My parents have a generator so the heat will stay on in the winter if there’s an ice storm (gas furnace, but the starter and blower are electric).

    Turns out their garage door is not connected; during the aftermath of an ice storm (roads had cleared but our power was still out), I had to show my mom how to do the “disconnect and manually raise” thing on the garage door.

    I admit I contemplate the idea of a generator myself (My parents’ is one of those natural-gas driven ones, a Generac) but I also wonder if I better have the house rewired first….

    I bought a “chamber lantern” from Lehman’s (it runs on cooking oil) in case of extended power outages. My biggest worry here would be we get one at a time when climate control is necessary for survival (dead of winter or a heat spike in summer).

  5. McGehee »

    1 August 2018 · 11:14 am

    “Russkies”, Holly? I thought only us Reaganite Cold War hawks were allowed to talk like that.

  6. hollyh »

    1 August 2018 · 2:18 pm

    McG: It’s a whole new game with the Russians. Now the Cold War hawks…like them? And it’s the Liberals who hate them? At any rate, I think we should all fear them.

    fj: Your careful planning is only making me feel worse about my lack of preparedness.

  7. McGehee »

    1 August 2018 · 8:23 pm

    Be wary of them, sure. Trump wasn’t much of a Cold War hawk during the first Cold War, but at least he didn’t make an illicit deal with the Russians to let them have a huge chunk of our uranium.

    Nor was he caught on a hot mike sending assurances to Putin that he’d be “more flexible” once he no longer had to seek re-election.

    The provenance and motivations behind the “investigation” into Russian election meddling has left me convinced the only campaign “collaborating” with foreigners was Hillary’s.

  8. hollyh »

    2 August 2018 · 12:15 pm

    OK, so Obama gets blasted for implying that he will let up, once the heat is off. Meanwhile, Trump much kisses Putin’s butt right in front of everyone, every chance he gets. So that’s what I don’t get about how Trump gets away with anything and everything.

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