Inventor Pete Sumaruck comments to the author, regarding power blackouts - not the usual tips on what to do "if."
New Energy is new science, but more than anything, it is essential that science relates to everyday life - the practical stuff that defines our lives and moves us into the next day.
In conversation with a traveler going home to Minneapolis, after Christmas in San Francisco, I asked, "What's the weather like at home; what will greet you?" "Twenty-five feet of snow," he tells me (my mind jumps to 25 high, but I'm sure he means the distance from the street to his front door).
"You'll be getting in late; will someone be there to help you," I'm thinking of shoveling snow - tough duty after a long plane trip. The traveler tells me, "That big strong guy over there - my son - he'll help me."
"Oh good," I'm relieved. "Tell me, I've always lived in California, been all over, but snow has always been discretionary for me. You get a lot of power outages in the East don't you?" I think of Minneapolis as East.
"Oh yes (and), you don't want it to go on for long; your pipes can freeze, you have to leave the water on. And if your furnace uses natural gas, that's an issue. They (the utility company) try to get on it, but I wouldn't want to be out in the country at the end of the line, might take a long time for them to get to you."
"You just get used to it," he tells me.
Everyone gets used to things if there is no other alternative. Before modern medical attention, people got used to death. Death was a constant visitor in times past - it still is in many places around the world "akin to hunger" people force themselves to get used to it. But none of this is necessary.
We are in modern times now, right? You do not need to live with power outages.