Yesterday morning 7am sharp, our power went out. I was reading one of your blogs. SM had just gotten out of the shower.
"Drat!" I paused, assuming it was a power hiccup and everything would pop back on in a second. It didn't.
SM calls..."What happened to the power?" We both peered out across the street in the gray dawn looking to see if our neighbors were out too. Yep.
"Well, I'd better get in the shower too." I said assuming things would turn on in a bit. SM had grabbed the flashlight. "I'm not sure I can shave with this." I wandered into the bathroom and opened the blinds that we ALWAYS keep closed for privacy. "How's this? Better?" I asked.
So we got ready and still no power. I grabbed a bag and stuffed all my "beautification" equipment into it figuring I'd use the bathroom at work to make myself presentable. Hair dryer, squirt stuff, hairspray, brushes, clips....I put my makeup on in the dim bathroom. (Nobody laughed at work so I must've done something right...)
I headed out, my head wet and cold, wondering if I see a downed power pole and traffic backed up for miles. Nope. Just our street without power. Huh.
This got me to thinking though...I'm a pig. Everything I have and depend on in my life came to me because of some form of energy. Everything at work depends on energy. Paper work, medical equipment, EMR's...even the front door to get into the building. Oink
My house, my food, my warmth, my entertainment, my income, my health...even my garden depended on some form of energy to get it there. Oink, Oink
Now I read alot about simple living on ya'lls blogs and I too want to reduce my impact. "Kuddos" to those of you who have lessened yours.
But I hate to say it. There's just no way that the modern world is going to step backword in time to reduce it's appetite. Oink Oink Oink
Offshore drilling, natural gas fracking, clean coal...I myself live downwind of not one but two nuclear power plants. One slip of the wrist and I'm radioactive! The world is small and getting smaller. It's in MY backyard and it's in yours too. There's no where you can hide from it and you just can't be a little piggy and not pay a price.
I guess my point in this post is that, as a world community, we've got to invest in energy research. Cleaner, safer options. Reduced consumption.
Nobody likes it, but it's something we're all going to have to accept. We're in this mess together.
* Side note* The more I read that nursery rhyme the more I have to laugh.
"To the market" = Our huge appetite as consumers in the world.
"Stayed Home" = Homesteads and victory gardens, back to simple living.
"Some had roast beef, some had none" = The "have's" vs the "have not's".
My favorite though is the "wee pig running all the way home." That's me for sure.
You bet I'm running all the way home. I need my rose colored glasses.