Saturday, January 31, 2009

Kentucky: State'O'Mergency

17:45ish last Tuesday the lights went out in Kentucky...or at least my little corner of the world. By the time an account was taken 70% of our county was without electricity. Today is Saturday. I will be surprised if service is restored before next Saturday.

Judiciously running the gas stove keeps the main room between 55 and sometimes 63ish. Water pressure is holding so the bathtubs full of water are only a convenience not an absolute need. Temperatures hovering right around 32F means that food stuffs stored in the shed are at least 'refrigerated' - curiously frozen things aren't staying frozen but that is another matter.

Today it was a hot shower at the Y and a couple of hours at the office ... to recharge the cell phone. The Saint wants instant coffee. Not as tasty as mountain grown, cold ground, french pressed but a helluva lot easier ... and instant Cocoa mixes in better too!

The kids got cabin fever after the first 36 hours and a couple of them abandoned the family homestead for friends with amenities. This exercise in limited resources has been very enlightening. SPOILER ALERT: there is life without an internet connection ... but you can't blog without one. Another interesting fact is that it get REALLY REALLY dark when the sun goes down. So bed time is somewhere around 18:30-19:00 cause there just isn't anything else to do in the COLD and the DARK. Now iffen it were warm and dark that might be another story.

Cell is charged. Better git back out to the Flyin' Pig Ranch 'fore it gits dark. Gotta eat supper early 'cause cain't see to eat oncest the sun goes down.

Stay warm ya'll 'n' keep yer powder dry.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Pew News IQ Quiz time again....

Pew News IQ Quiz

Click the graphic above and give it a try.

(Spoiler: I only got 93%)

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Lego my POTUS

I found a source here.

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