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February 19, 2006


Cop Car

Power outages make one think what an electric car owner does when s/he can't plug the battery into the wall for re-charging! It's well that people are good about playing with others. You and WS do great! Fortunately, the wind wasn't strong enough to give anyone in this area a power problem. Hunky Husband made a big announcement, yesterday, at about 1:00 PM, that we were finally up to a wind chill of zero (that's when the temperature finally got up to 20 degrees--from a low of 5). We are nearly up to 20 degrees already this morning.

Wichi Dude

Having lights, water, heat and food, will almost always ensure you have company over. Not a bad way to have a party. Hope they get theirs back soon enough to keep the pipes from falling prey to the cold.


glad to hear youre ok that sounds quite scary.


WD - Theri pipes won't freeze unless they run thu about 5 cords of wood in their woodstove before the power comes on.

Bod - scary? No, Inconvenient - yes. It's something that is expected to happen out here in the country. We have been thru 4 days of power outage in the middle of winter before. Then we were the ones asking friends for the use of their shower. We gathered water from a yar-round spring for drinking and used melted snow for flushing the toilets. At that time we didn't even have a wood stove so the gas cook stove had to keep the upstairs warm enough to keep the pipes from freezing.

CC - I had to laugh when electric cars came out. Power outages would mean no charging, but the biggest laugh is that I couldn't even get to work on a full charge, much less back home!

Cop Car

Yes, Bogie, electric cars are meant for people like me who just run around in a small area and rarely lose power for more than 3-4 hours. (I think these issues are what prompted the development of the hybrid.) If I weren't so intimidated by all of the 21 gears on my bicycle (who knew that one couldn't even buy a 3-speed bike, much less a single-speed?--and this was in the late 1980s that I bought our bikes), I could do my errands by bike most of the time. On the power loss situation: it isn't always the folks out in the country who lose power. I remember when my parents in Kansas City MO (again, this was in the late 1980s) lost power for about 10 days in the dead of a cold winter. A couple of the neighbors had generators, so Dad and some of the men rotated its use throughout the neighborhood to keep the refrigerators and freezers cold. Had most of the freezers not been in basements, and all of the men over 70 years of age, it would have been easier to just move the freezers into the back yards--lol!

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