Have any of you been trapped indoors and/or without utilities by the recent storm? I did not, of course, but most of the people to whom I've spoken claim that the worst part is the sheer boredom – with the decline of hygiene that accompanies no power and no water a close second. The nearest experience I've had involved being in a winter "storm" in Georgia, where 3" of snow was sufficient to shut down the entire city and all of the roads for a solid week. After sitting in the house for about three days, I was fairly certain my ex-wife and I were on the verge of murdering each other, and we were not a violent people. There are only so many times you can move around in an enclosed space before you begin to get irritable for no good reason whatsoever.

Other than reading, what can we do to kill time once our electronic nonsense is taken away from us? I freely admit to being antsy if I have to go very long without being in front of my laptop. And god help us if there is no internet access. It's amazing, sad, and amazingly sad how rapidly these once non-essential technologies become indispensable.

In the future, if I have sufficient advance warning that I am about to be stranded, I am purchasing the necessary ingredients to make this fruit Rubik's Cube salad.

And I don't even like feta cheese. Don't care. Still making it. When else are you going to do it?

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52 Responses to “NPF: TEDIUM”

  1. BobS Says:

    Rather than purchasing Rubik Cube salad ingredients, your money would be better spent preparing for potential power outages by storing up on more useful items, with water being the number one priority. The rural area where I live experiences frequent power outages- inasmuch as my well uses an electric pump, what you're experiencing now is somewhat common, albeit not for as long a time. I've gotten by without a generator so far by storing drinking water in 5 gallon blue containers that are actually designed to store kerosene, so as not to confuse them with gasoline cans, which are red (I also keep a couple of those in the garage). Water heaters also contain a substantial amount of water that can be used in a pinch, especially for hygiene. Household bleach is useful to have on hand for purification purposes and backpacking type water purifiers should be among everyone's emergency supplies. As for waste, you can purchase toilet seat lids that attach to the top of 5 gallon buckets- it isn't pretty, but compared to the alternatives…
    Camp stoves and lanterns are also available fairly inexpensively- start getting ready for the next storm now.

  2. Amused Says:

    Call me old-fashioned, but I find reading books very satisfying. Taking walks, weather permitting, is also a fun activity to pass the time. (It is also one that, paradoxically, virtually doesn't exist in this country. If Americans walk, it has to be purposeful HIKING. So you either hike, if hiking trails are passable, or you drive. And even if you hike, you have to drive to the trail. Just taking a walk? Like, walking out the front door of your house and taking a leisurely stroll just because? How quaint. Only moms pushing strollers do that, amirite? Which is why I understand, Ed, why you and your ex-wife found yourselves confined to the house even though the snowfall had only been 3 inches.) There are board games, too.

    And as BobS has mentioned, why not prepare for things like this? Even if you don't have a generator, you'll be amazed what an inverter will do for you if your only source of power is your car.