The Price We’ll Pay for Comfort
Yesterday our air conditioning unit quit working. Literally, hubby touched a wire outside and everything went down. No power to the unit, no lights on the controller, nothing. In light of the way things are nowadays, when something like this happens, you immediately check to make sure the power is still on to the rest of the house. While an EMP is highly unlikely (at least, I hope it is), it isn’t impossible.
Thankfully, it was just the A/C unit. Of course, things like this always happen on the weekend, or at night, when service call prices can double or triple, so we toughed it out in 90-degree Tennessee summer weather. We decided to deal with the heat until this morning. We are fortunate enough to have a portable A/C unit that we moved downstairs and hooked up which made the evening bearable until we could get the service company called this morning. Shout out to Temp Control in Nashville for a quick fix – we are basking in our 72-degree home as I write this post.
It did make us think about what life would be like if there was no power. Our society is so accustomed to the luxury of heat and air conditioning that we take them for granted until they’re gone. How did people deal with the heat before air conditioning, or even fans? I guess they were just used to it. Most people, including me, are not. I don’t know how my overweight, 50-something-year-old body would deal with it if I didn’t have them. Probably not very well. I do know that today I am extremely thankful for the guys who got us going again. A little less than $300 was the price I paid for my comfort. I probably would have paid twice that.
I truly hope we never have to find out what it’s like to live without the luxuries electricity provide us. As Anne said in Book 1: it would really suck.
Work on the next book is moving along. As I’m writing it, I find myself doing searches on the internet to try to describe items accurately, as well as laying out a situation that could actually happen in this scenario. When I do this, I think about the irony that, if the events the books are based on truly happened, that would no longer be an option for information. We live in an age almost completely dependent on electricity and technology. We don’t have to go to the library to do research. It’s at our fingertips on the worldwide web, on devices we can fit in our pockets. Do they even make encyclopedias anymore?
So, we go along in our daily lives, with all this technology around us. We don’t pause to think about it until we lose it. What do you do when your power goes out? You grab your phone to see what’s going on, because the power company has an app that reports outages to you. A power outage doesn’t affect your phone, after all. But what if it did? What if, in the space of a second, you lost every electronic device you have?
Where would you get water if you turned the faucet on and nothing came out? Water is the number one, most important thing you need to survive. How much food do you have in your house, right now? Could you cook without a microwave or an oven? Do you carry cash with you, just in case? If you do have these things, how would you keep other people from taking them from you if said people didn’t have them? If you don’t do anything else for you and your family, keep at least a week’s worth of non-perishable food in your home. Don’t forget your pets. Keep enough water for each person to have a gallon per day for at least two weeks.
If you don’t think anything can happen in this country to disrupt your daily life, look at the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy. Oh, you don’t live on the coast? You live in the middle of the country? Guess what, you live on an active fault line. An earthquake can do a lot more damage than a hurricane, over a much wider area, that could cut you off from everything for weeks, if not months. You would have no services and possibly no help.
It would cost you a few extra bucks a week to build up a cache of food. If you ever have to use it, it would be priceless.
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