November 16, 2007


Last night we lost power for over an hour. In the grand scheme of things, that's not a major tragedy, but it's so easy to forget how much we rely on electricity to do everything. What do you do when the sun's already gone down and there's no internet, no TV, no phone, no radio, and no heat? Most people make a baby, but we're already ahead of that game. It's amazing how life slows to a snail's pace when the power goes out.

But my husband said the silver lining was that we didn't give a dime to any Saudis during that hour.

Posted by: Sarah at 04:39 AM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 Sorry to spoil the silver lining...but not all that much electricity comes from oil. In the US, the starring roles are held by coal and natural gas, with hydropower and nuclear playing the supporting roles. So the Saudis hardly lost any dimes at all...

Posted by: david foster at November 16, 2007 05:17 AM (ke+yX)

2 David -- Aw, rats. Well, the joke was funny anyway

Posted by: Sarah at November 16, 2007 05:27 AM (TWet1)

3 an hour???not here.....every time I call in a power outage(we live in SDAK, and the 1-800- number for excel energy is in Wisconsin) the computerized message tells us not to even expect the ''return of power, for at least 4 hours''. yes, we own a gas powered generator...for winter/ice outtages, that have left friends, neighbors and family without power for as long as 22 days(Nov.2005, my In-Laws)

Posted by: debey at November 16, 2007 03:12 PM (kocrl)

4 The joke does work. Like debey says, there are gas-powered generators. But you also didn't drive anywhere to seek power, heat, internet, etc. – or flashlight batteries, like we did.

Posted by: deltasierra at November 16, 2007 04:13 PM (woXks)

5 Yeah, if lots of people run home generators, it will help out the Saudis and other oil producers. Which raises an interesting point: The "progressive" wing of the Democratic Party is hostile to energy, and to the extent it gains power is likely to bring the nation's electrical system to a condition which combines very high prices with frequent outgages in many locations. Should this happen, the John Edwards of the world will be happily running their large home generators, which are far less efficient than central-station power. Other people and businesses will do the same to the extent they can afford it, resulting in a significant increase in demand for imported oil.

Posted by: david foster at November 17, 2007 08:22 AM (ke+yX)

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