“Who turned out the lights? Strike a match, Betty Lou, I can’t see shit.”

Remember the good ol’ days, when you could make magic just by flipping a switch? Communication, refrigeration, information, even transportation, all delivered with a wave of one hand. One finger, actually. No, not that one.

And without burning down half the county, too.

As is often the case, our brethren and sisthren in California are getting a sneak peek at the future this week as PG&E returns them to the Dark Ages, that they may not be barbecued by their desires for communication, refrigeration, information, even transportation.

I wonder how much safer everyone will be with a few million generators busily chugging along next to the woodpiles.

“Crank up the Honda, hon’, ‘Dancing With the Stars’ is coming on!”

• Extra Bonus Snark: Good timing, awarding the Nobel Prize in Chemistry to three scientists behind the lithium-ion battery. We’re gonna need a bigger one, dudes.

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11 Responses to “Powerless”

  1. JD Dallager Says:

    Again recommending “A Great Aridness” by William duBuys. Spot on….prescient…..startling……scary.

  2. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    An unscientific survey indicates that 50 percent of my old newspaper bros in Santa Rosa are sans power as we speak.

    Padraig at Red Kite Prayer is likewise back to quill, parchment, and carrier pigeon.

    Rivendell was expecting to go dark and noon but is still up and running, so go buy something.

    • JD Dallager Says:

      Time to advocate for teaching cursive in schools again? 🙂

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Never did me a lick of good. My handwriting has always been illegible. I set about printing in block letters as quickly as I could get away with it. I was still using cursive in my journal back in 1974, but by ’75 it was all block letters, as in my cartoons.

    • Larry T. atCycleItalia Says:

      Something funny in a perverted way when the rich folks in NorCal are the ones without the jolts, no? I wonder about your mention of the generators – how many of the NorCal “Save the planet!” types will crank one up and spew fossil fuel internal-combustion pollution into the air to power their various “devices” so they can express their fauxtrage on Spacebook?

  3. Herb from Michigan Says:

    Moody Blues said it so many many years ago
    When all the stars are falling down
    Into the sea and on the ground,
    And angry voices carry on the wind,
    A beam of light will fill your head
    And you’ll remember what’s been said
    By all the good men this world’s ever known.
    Another man is what you’ll see,
    Who looks like you and looks like me,
    And yet somehow he will not feel the same,
    His life caught up in misery, he doesn’t think like you and me,
    ‘Cause he can’t see what you and I can see.

    I know what I see coming and I sure as hell am a Meloncholy Man

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      It is a depressing time right now, but remember what Billy Joel said.

      “The good old times weren’t always good, and tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems.”

      Keeping the Faith

  4. JD Dallager Says:

    It’s going to be interesting, depending on how long the power is off, to see if/how fast the veneer of civility wears off and how that manifests itself.

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