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June 21, 2010 – Comments (8) | RELATED TICKERS: ED


Sorry did'nt mean to go all Alstry on ya, but it fits for this post.

This weekend high winds of 80 MPH hit the Chicagoland area, taking out much of the power. So it got me to thinking about how reliant I am on power, and if I was prepared for some event that took out the whole grid for an extended period of time.

The first thing I did was get all the candles out, I had a few lighters but to my dismay no matches, the lighters would'nt last forever. Then we decided we better eat before dark, It was ham and cheese sandwhiches since the less the fridge is open the better. That led me to think about the fact that my stove is electric. I have a charcoal grill but eventually the steaks in the freezer would go bad.

One thing that really got me worried was that as the night went on my beer started getting warmer, and that is totally unacceptable to me, what are we in Europe? 

Our only sources of information was a radio that runs on batteries, and luckily our cell phones were charged. Unfortunatley no internet since I just buy the prepaid phone cards, much cheaper. To battle the lack of air conditioning much of the evening was spent on the balcony, just talking with my wife (so that was a plus, you take for granted the communication your missing if I'm watching my sports or on the computor, while shes in the other room watching whatever she watches)

The next day I checked the car to see how much gas I had only a quarter of a tank, hmm- not gonna get me very far and I do believe that the pumps run on electricity. Was able to find a store with power so I could buy ice, and gas. But if the whole grid is out that would'nt be an option.

Noticed that one of my neighbors was running a generator but the noise alerted everyone to the fact that he had power and everyone else did not. Seems like putting a bullseye on your back in an extended period of power loss. Which would bring me to self protection, I keep a couple of samauri swords, my hunting rifle, and a taser (sidenote- for anyone who is in the market for a taser, shareholders get a $50 dollar discount, buy one share at $4 your up $46).

Obviously the powers back up, but I was just curious as to what steps fellow Fools have taken in the event that the power goes out indefinately?

8 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On June 21, 2010 at 10:48 PM, soycapital (< 20) wrote:

Mom and I get down in a serious cuddle position!

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#2) On June 21, 2010 at 11:30 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (88.36) wrote:

LoL! soycapital,

was'nt going to mention that part of the evening, since Caps is PG :)

I did read some where that the birth rate spikes nine months after a power outage.

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#3) On June 22, 2010 at 7:44 AM, ryanalexanderson (< 20) wrote:

> One thing that really got me worried was that as the night went on my beer started getting warmer, and that is totally unacceptable to me, what are we in Europe?

You have to diversify your beer. Domestic beer tastes horrible when it's not cold. Adding some international beer gives you good downside protection - or upside temperature protection, in this case. Specifically, I'd recommend St. Peter's Organic Ale, or Hopback Summer Lightning.  These may not trade on the regular exchanges. 

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#6) On June 25, 2010 at 2:15 PM, djshagggyd (< 20) wrote:

Interesting post...

I missed it because my power was out! 

We were out from last Friday at 3:30pm until 9am on Monday. And (lucky us)... we have well water and the pump needs juice to operate. I love camping at my own house!

Somehow, the power didn't go out for us this past Wednesday. But (lucky me) I was one of the first people in line on the Stevenson when it first got shut down. I was on my way to the Sox game... and it LITERALLY took me 5 hours!!

But on the plus side... I saw this with my own eyes:


It honestly made the 5 hour drive worth it! 

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#7) On June 25, 2010 at 2:27 PM, outoffocus (22.82) wrote:

Funny you bring this up. My power is out right now and has been since last night. A bad storm hit here in the Philly metro area and left a path of destruction for hundreds of miles.  My entire area was affected so stores are closed, gas stations, are closed, and traffic lights are out. I have to say the authorities did a good job with the traffic light situation.  They put out temporary, easy to read, stop signs on every intersection with a broken traffic light.

We handled the situation alot like you. We lit candles until it was time for bed. My cell phone was fully charged because I have a car charger. I accessed the internet through my phone. I got my news from the car radio. We brought out the flash lights for navigation.  The place was still cool because the AC had been running prior to the blackout. I keep freezer packs in the freezer so I think those are helping keep the food cool for now.  I dont know so much about cooking but my boyfriend brought a big bag of chips and we have PB&J.

TBQH I've never seen such a massive blackout in my life.  Entire shopping centers and business complexes were completely dark last night.  I think only the supermarkets had backup generators.  The electric company says it could take up to 3 days to fully restore power to all the customers.  But as you said situations like this really make you think.

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#8) On June 25, 2010 at 8:43 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (88.36) wrote:

ryanalexanderson- Good point, I'll have to check out some beers that are at least drinkable warm. But they would have to be made by Anheisur Busch Inbev (shareholder loyalty).

For a long term solution theres a creek near where I live so I could put my beer in a net and keep them cool that way.

djshagggyd- Awesome Pic, I heard that the Stevenson was a nightmare. Glad your up and running, I too was worried about it going out on wednesday, Comed Is already working 24/7 can you imagine how long it would take If we got hit again

outoffocus- Hope you get it back soon, It's amazing that something that we take for granted can completly turn your life upside down.

And to the spambots- How is this even a viable marketing strategy. Piss off potential customers to the point where they would never visit your site or purchase any of the products. That's F***ed Up!

(I realize that it's just a program doing this, but I still felt the need to vent)

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