Saturday, October 26, 2019

Ready For The Apocalypse

We ran into one of our neighbors early Saturday morning. We were headed to the local co-op to buy the last few items we needed to really feel food secure. It was 7:00 in the morning. We wanted to get there early before the weekend rush and the power outage that is looming over us this weekend. Our neighbor was out walking her sweet old black lab. We chatted a bit and then she said, "So, you're ready for the Apocalypse?" We had such a good necessary laugh. Yeah, we're ready... sort of. It's looming over us, another few days of no power. I think we're more ready this time then we were last time. This one is supposed to be longer. Oh well.

The local food markets are definitely prepared this time. When we arrived at the co-op we saw this very nice, big refrigerated trailer that they will be using to store their perishables. Yay! There was an article in one of the local papers that described all the efforts the markets are making to keep their stores open and food available. Yay!

California is facing huge windstorms this weekend. There are already big fires in the bay area and southern California. The utility company has decided that the best way to deal with the dry windy conditions is to just cut off power to a million of its customer. It's not a good business model, but it's what we've got for now.

So if our internet service provider goes down without any backup power source, which it did the last time, we may not be around for the next few days to post here or to read your blogs. Now you'll know why. I'll keep you posted.

Yes, we're ready for the apocalypse! Wheee!

15 comments:

  1. Wow, this is all so crazy! Good luck!

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  2. Good to know you and your neighbors and community are more prepared this time around. It is sobering to acknowledge how vulnerable we all are and have always been.

    Who would ever imagine the traditional fall winds in California becoming the overwhelming threat they have become, leading to the deadliest fires ever and millions of Californians going without electricity for days at time? No easy answers to these growing problems.

    As things become so solemn that they provoke laughter and a sense of community, I'm reminded of stories of Coyote. Trickster trades fire for electricity and ends up with more fire than he ever bargained for. Yikes!!!! What to do? Trickster has an idea!

    https://www.learner.org/workshops/hslit/session2/aw/work2.html

    "... But in Native traditions, there are times when coyote figures transform the world. They may transform the world by stealing fire, because the people don't have fire, or by slaying the monsters. It isn't a sense of outrage that Coyote feels when he sees those things. It's a sense of ego, like, "The monsters are slaying and eating people. Well, now, what can I do about that?" But he isn't a crusader activist -- not in the more traditional sources I've read. So, both sides of the coyote figure need to be taken into account, the transformer and the trickster..."

    And then there are those sacred cows walking in peace with two human beings on a country road!

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  3. Keep safe. You have controlled the things you can control.

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  4. So sorry you have to go through all this. Best of luck!

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  5. I heard someone talking on the radio about the situation with PG&E, and their use of the term "customers." Apparently that simply means power meters. It doesn't take into account how many actual people might be affected by an outage.

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  6. My thoughts are with you and I'm sending you real power, that which is within, not that which is carried over wires. May you deal with this in a positive way, and come out with blessings you might not expect.

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  7. I am so sorry you are going through this Robin. Take care.

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  8. Look after each other, and the neighbours too. I am thinking of you.

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  9. My goodness you all are really taking a beating this year. It does seem that it has made everyone a bit more ready each time. Sad that you have to adjust to no power. Sure hope it is not going to be the new normal.

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  10. I'm also sorry you have to go through this.

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  11. Here's hoping the outage will be a short one. Take care and stay safe.

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  12. I'll be thinking of you in that outage. I hope you'll have enough light to read books. Certainly you will have a fine companion.

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  13. Dear Friends-- Thank you all for your kind and thoughtful comments. Power came back on late yesterday afternoon. It is expected to go out again today. It has been pretty challenging to be powerless, but we've worked out a pretty good routine for keeping things as sane as they can be. It's good to be back here on the internet with my best virtual friends!

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  14. oh geez, out again TODAY? We take our electricity for granted, that's for sure. And when we don't have it, we realize all the good it brings into our daily living. Glad to see the markets have got refrigerated trucks -- smart! I'm sorry you have to endure this, but you both are clever and creative and I think you'll do better than most with the current crisis.

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    1. Tara-- So far we still have power, but PGE keeps texting/emailing/calling to say that's going to change. Oy they're driving us crazy. Interestingly, the market has refrigerated trucks but nothing in their refrigerator cases in the store. They have sparingly packed on small section of refrigerates space with some dairy products. It's crazy.

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