What do you do when you have no power?

mindputtee

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#1
Hurricane Sandy is on it's way up the east coast, and there's a high probability that a lot of people will lose power, so I was wondering, what are your favorite things to do in a power outage, possibly one lasting multiple days.
 

dancelvr

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#5
As a veteran of many power outages, I enjoy firing up the woodstove, bringing out the candles and lanterns, listening to my battery powered radio, and playing a little solitaire, or cuddling with the kitties.
 

pygmalion

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#11
Funny. The last year I lived up north was a horrible winter for snow storms. There was a snow or ice storm every Wednesday from January until April. (Please don't ask me why Wednesday, but Wednesday it was.)

Sometime in the fall of that year, I happened to be watching CNN when they reported a mini baby boom all over the Northeast. Hmm *wiggly eyebrows*
 

Joe

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#13
Hurricane Sandy is on it's way up the east coast, and there's a high probability that a lot of people will lose power, so I was wondering, what are your favorite things to do in a power outage, possibly one lasting multiple days.
Aren't the power lines in your 'hood underground?
 

Bailamosdance

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#14
Joe, that is the big question! I live next to the water and the power goes out when a tree falls on a line. Last year we had no power to the entire town when a tree fell on the main line serving it. I asked why the power lines were not buried, like it is in any city. The quick answer was that it was prohibitive to do this on a per house basis when in a city power serves hundreds per stretch. In other words, cities are more efficient in passing the co
sts for this amongst its residents.
 

JudeMorrigan

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#16
I was without power for a good week after the tornado outbreak April before last. It was a very different experience than your typical hour or two power outage. As I recall, I spent a lot of time reading. I did spend some time playing boardgames (Arkham Horror, as I recall). One noteable thing, and friends said the same thing, was just how easy it was to go to bed *really* early. Sure, there I had candles, but there was still a certain amount of "well, it's dark now, might as well go to sleep".

I *did* make a point of doing some stargazing though. The clouds from the storm actually cleared out quite quickly. As such, the power outage provided something of a rare opportunity to be able to actually see the night sky.
 

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