What if the lights went out…

Last night, the weather was insane.  It was pouring and windy and there was a tornado warning all day.  As I drove to CT in a torrential and blinding rain, I said a few silent prayers that the power would be on when I got there.  When the power goes out in CT it’s a huge pain in the ass.  Also…the fridge is totally stocked right now and all that food would go to waste.  As I drove 20 miles per hour on the highway and avoided the downed tree limbs in the road, I wished that the power would just stay on and we could avoid packing up the contents of the fridge and piling everything into the car for a trip back to NY.  Mostly, I just wanted to eat dinner, watch a little TV and get a good night’s sleep.

I was so happy when I pulled into the driveway and saw all the lights on in the house.  When the garage door went up, I did a little dance in my seat.  And then I stopped being so excited for fear I would jinx the situation.  And when J started to mention how lucky we’ve gotten that we haven’t lost power during any of these crazy storms, I shut that shit right down.  I don’t need him gloating and daring the universe to just screw us royally.

The weather was still horrible and there were a few weather service warnings on TV about flash flooding and damaging winds.  I decided that there was no way I could take a chance of not having any available entertainment if the power did go out, so I immediately plugged in every gadget we own.  The laptop, all the phones (including my work phone…because I’m a very dedicated and hard-working employee) and my Nook started charging.  I also walked around the house and lit candles…just in case.

When all that was done, I sat down and started watching Revolution…the new show about the world losing power permanently.  The show is ok.  I’m not really clear what it’s actually about, but tt stars Charlie from Twilight and I love that guy.  There’s lots of mystery and it seems like there might be a secret sect of people who took the power grid down.  I’ll let you know what I think after a few more episodes.

But the thing about the show is that it got me thinking.  What the hell would we do if the power went out for good?  Not just electricity either…cars and planes and trains didn’t work.  I don’t think I ever fully grasp just how much I rely on technology in my every day life.

I don’t know what I would do without television to tell me what’s going on in the world and without movies for entertainment.  There would be no blog because the internet would be down and the computer wouldn’t work.  I wouldn’t be able to drive or flip on a light or make a phone call.  Hell…even my books are electronic now.

I would be at a total loss.  Thank goodness I was so obsessed with Little House on the Prairie when I was a kid.  At least I’d have that knowledge to fall back on.  The Ingalls girls managed to entertain themselves just fine by candlelight.

What would you miss most if the power went out and never came back on?


  1. Ah yes I watched that show on Monday. And as I was watching it, I was thinking about how I’d entertain myself if all the power went out. It seemed like I’d have a hard time without my dvd player, tivo, tv, internet, etc. I would have to communicate with people via face to face contact. Oh the horrors.

  2. Music. Hands down, listening to music. I have books, and I can entertain myself with crafts – cook by campfire and the like but I’d miss music.

    If the lights go out forever, travel south – it’s warmer here and we’ll take care of you! :) Mike and I already have a zombie survival plan in effect, yes we’re those goofy people that discuss this stuff.

    It would be rough, but I truly think I could handle myself OK if the world lost all power.

  3. I can’t imagine a world without technology either. I freak out when we have storms, because HOW IN THE HELL AM I GOING TO WAKE UP FOR WORK!? :p

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