Here in Northern California, our local power company, PG&E, which filed for bankruptcy earlier in the year after suffering huge losses the last couple of years due to wildfires, has started planned power shutdowns. Up to 800,000 people might be affected. I don't pretend to know the science behind these proposed shutdowns. I do know that they have provided a map that tells me that my block is not scheduled for a shutdown. I live in the flatlands ... most of the shutdowns in Berkeley will be in the hills.
This has given me a chance to think about what I would do without power. Of course, like most people, I am powerless on a daily basis, but I'm talking here about electricity. Again like most people, I rely perhaps too much on being plugged in.
Oh, a little of the danger is potentially life-threatening, if I want to get dramatic (insulin in the refrigerator), although I can work around that pretty easily. And there is an earthquake kit if I need it. But since it seems highly unlikely that our power here will get turned off, it's mostly academic.
I have to accept the fact that my life is decent enough. I am weird enough that this bothers me, somehow, but that doesn't change the situation. My wife did a good job of setting up our retirement, and since she worked the last fifteen years for an HMO, even our medical finances are OK even if this stupid country doesn't get around to universal health care.
All bets are off if there's an earthquake, though.
Now a life of leisure and a pirate's treasure
Don't make much for tragedy
But it's a sad man my friend who's livin' in his own skin
And can't stand the company
Every fool's got a reason for feelin' sorry for himself
And turning his heart to stone
Tonight this fool's halfway to heaven and just a mile outta hell
And I feel like I'm comin' home
These are better days baby
Bonus for anyone who's read this far. Here is a famous video from a few years ago. The question: what is the connection between this video and the previous one with Bruce?