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Who's Got the Power? (We Don't.)

Four days without power gets you thinking. Thinking about the great invention of electricity. Thinking about our dependence upon it. Thinking about survival skills. Thinking about fortitude and attitude.

My family has been lucky. We have a fireplace, plenty of wood, running water, and camping equipment for cooking. Many have been less fortunate and need help from others.  Many have left their cold homes in search of hotel rooms.  (We did this for one night and decided we would rather tough it out at home.)

Working has been difficult. We drove 40 miles to find Internet and a place to charge our devices. We found a Panera Bread that was open, and competition for outlets was fierce. One man had brought a power strip with him so his three daughters could plug in their laptops.  Looking at everybody with their electronics was interesting, laughable, and maybe a bit pathetic. Our days are dependent upon plastic and electricity.

The power will be back soon. Meanwhile we will limp along with our car chargers and the generosity of others. This power outtage has me thinking, though, about how quickly life changes without power.  

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Comment balloon 13 commentsKathryn Acciari • November 02 2011 09:14AM


Makes you wonder how the early settlers 'weathered' this New England climate. They were really hardy folks.


Posted by Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor® (Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA) almost 9 years ago

We lost power for about 2 hours this past weekend and my kids had no idea what to do.  For them, it was a shock not having TV, laptops, or something to play with.  Once I got the candles out and Tripoly, I gave 'em a quick education in how to have fun and live without the need for electricity.

Posted by Bryan Robertson almost 9 years ago

It's truly amazing how dependent we have gotten on technology and the power that powers technology. It really makes you think. Even running water is something we take for granted. Back in my younger days, my husband and I bought a place that was off the grid, and you had to haul in water. We quickly spent the money to have a well dug. But this five year experience taught me to never take certain things for granted.

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) almost 9 years ago

Hi Kathryn - It is amazing what we take for granted.  We got power back yesterday.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) almost 9 years ago

Doug:  Absolutely - we come from some tough ancestors.

Bryan:  That is so great!  Good for parents too, lol.

Debbie:  Now that is roughing it, having to haul water.  Reminds me of backpacking - good experience to have, just in case.

Conrad:  Yeah, we expect everything to be instantaneous.  Glad to know you are warming up!

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Katheryn: There is no way I would live up north without a fireplace. We have one in our home and only use it 3 days in the winter because it just doesn't get that cold here. But if we lose power in the winter we are set. We usually never sleep with heat on anyway, just use it during the day.

But after a hurricane there is no power and we get out the Grills and cook our food on the pit. We teach this in Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts and Southerners do a lot of grilling anyway.

Many people are now installing a natural gas generators to their homes right along side the A/C units. So if the power goes out they can still run the A/C and refrigerators. 

Posted by Sussie Sutton, David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers (David Tracy Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Four days?!  That is awful, I hope it is back up soon.  I'm sure Panera had a lot of business that day!

Posted by Patricia Beck, Colorado Springs Realty (RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE) almost 9 years ago

Boy, we take electricity for granted.  You guys stay safe and I hope electricity comes back soon. 

Posted by Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate (RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX) almost 9 years ago

Kathryn  I'm never truly sure all this "gee whiz" technology is as wonderful if I have to drive 40 miles to make it work

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) almost 9 years ago

Sussie:  Grilling year-round sounds great to me!  Yes, a lot of people are installing generators here now too.

Patricia:  It was a total of six days for us.  It is so great to be back on the grid.

Kay:  Thank you - most of the town is back but many other rural areas are still without power.

Karen:  LOL - I am on the fence after this latest ordeal.  We have to keep a back-up system in place (paper), at least in this area.

Thanks everyone!


Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Kathryn, We lost our power for five days.  We have a small generator, that died on night one:)  Oh, yes, the challenges.  My Son came to the rescue and brought his over.  We have a fireplace, but, don't use it:)  Unless there are glass doors on it, it sucks the heat out of your house.  The fireplace is a beautiful, floor to vaulted ceiling, stone with raised hearth.  Installing glass doors on it, would have ruined the stone, so I opted not to do so.  Not romantic, I know:)  Oh, well ....

Florida was such a good idea!  Imagine, winters in the sunshine state, such a dream!

Posted by Frances C. Rokicki, Broker-Mentor,CRS (Fran Rokicki Realty, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Sometimes we just do not know what we have until we loose it Kathryn, sounds like you have what it takes to make it through the nonelectric times.

Posted by Al Raymondi, Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales (Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida) almost 9 years ago

Man, you needed a picture of that Panera Bread!   Then again, without power to charge the camera batteries and the cell phones.... 

Posted by Stanton Homes, Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina (Stanton Homes - New Home Builder) almost 9 years ago