reply to post by drngopal
It was almost like living after a major catastrophe. I have always been concerned about what will life be like without the basics, electricity
With one major caveat: I knew electricity would be back. I only had to get by until then.
If we were to lose all ability to provide electricity at this stage of societal development, all the modern appliances and conveniences we have become
used to would disappear. Just think about no hot water... no running water. No more showers, and baths are lukewarm at best. Think about laundry... no
more washing machines. Instead, washing a shirt means rubbing it over a rough surface and frequent rinsing by hand.
Nights are completely different without power. It is normally dark out here, but there are scattered outside lights and the distant glow from the
nearby towns. Even on the cloudiest night, the eyes can adjust to see where you are going. But take away those scattered lights and the cloudy nights
become pitch black and unnavigable. Man becomes again a daytime only animal, incapable of surviving the darkness.
Food itself becomes a totally new concept. Perishable means eat it now or lose it; all refrigeration is based on the electric motor. Ice becomes a
luxury, a rare commodity. Prepackaging is a historic fad. Cooking no longer is at the turn of a knob or press of a button; it is through hydrocarbon
gas if you're lucky, or cutting, storing, and burning firewood if you're not. Just preparing a meal can take all day.
Forget cars. They need gasoline, distributed via electrically-operated pumps. Transportation is via foot or animal power. That means forget
transportation as we know it. If you can't make it locally, you don't get it. People will, as in days of yore, be born, live, and die within miles
of the same place.
Someone is going to say in response that we can always use generators, or solar cells, or windmills. But those things do not come close to being able
to supply a bare fraction of what power we consider to be minimal. The average house uses 240VAC at an average current of more than 15 Amps. That's
3600 watts continuous power averaged over night, day, winter, and summer, for a small efficient home. A typical solar cell produces less than a watt
and that only during daylight hours. A windmill is little better. Generators use gasoline or diesel fuel, and are tremendously expensive to run for
extended periods, not to mention being noisy. None of these are practical in the long term.
reply to post by ladyinwaiting
The first few hours were more awe-inspiring than scary, for me anyway. As felonius mentioned above, our familiarity with the mini-Al-Gores makes them
seem less dangerous and our technological prowess in tracking and predicting gives us an illusion of control over the uncontrollable. But when I
couldn't see what was coming after losing power, when I had to make guesses based on cloud patterns that were changing every time I looked, it became
a nightmare. The uncertainty made it worse by orders of magnitude.
reply to post by Stratus9
Sorry, no. Al Gore Jr. is as honest as Al Gore Sr. (his father, also a TN Senator), who was renowned for being a crooked self-serving politician. He
may have been a Sunday School teacher; I have known drunks, thieves, and even child molesters who taught Sunday School also.
We are destroying the Earth, but it is not through some colorless, odorless trace gas. It is through actual pollution, litter, and abuse of people to
the point that they can no longer survive on what the Earth offers. CO2 is just a convenient bogeyman.
reply to post by Annee
People in an area typically adapt their customs to fit with the area they live in. Unfortunately, here electricity is taken for granted since it is
never off for more than a few hours... until now. From talking with students and faculty today, there are still some areas that do not have
electricity restored even yet.
WUUQ 97.3 out of Chattanooga plays the seriously old stuff... Horton, Cash, Tex Ritter, Paycheck. Saturday mornings they even have a 100% bluegrass
lineup. I also like their ads: "If you remember when cruise control was the police on Brainerd Road, you're one of us
"... "If you know
what "reckon" means and how much a "tad" is, you're one of us