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Without Power?!

Without power is an interesting expression.  I am realizing this as I’m composing this post.  Power has a number of different meanings depending on the context in which it is used.  Power, according to Wikipedia covers the categories of Physics, Mathematics and Social Science.  You can check these out on their site.

The power I’m referring to is electrical power, aka, electricity in layman’s terms.  So, how do you feel about not having electricity for 19 hours?

Well, I, personally get a little cranky.  It’s not that I don’t like candle light, but candle light doesn’t run the computer or the the portable phone in the home or so many other things we use without a thought, all the time…

Over the years, every so often, I think we’ve all heard people bemoan the fact that ‘we’re so spoiled in America‘… ‘we have such luxuries‘…  Well, it’s interesting that when I’ve heard those statements, it has made me stop and think about what they mean.  As far as I’m concerned, I think this thinking is flawed.

We who are reading this who live in the United States, Canada or some other civilized country, have come to enjoy certain ways of living that include electricity, many technological advances and inventions and a resulting, great lifestyle by most standards.  And I’ve come to realize, that this is the way it is.

Some may think we should enjoy taking a day off from all that we’ve become accustomed to… Not me!   I don’t think so.  However, when we are without power, we have few options.  We can either deal with it or check into a hotel and wait it out.

For us, as soon as the power went out on Wednesday 10/27 around 5PM, I was on the phone within fifteen minutes to DTE Energy to report it.  According to the automated message I received about the estimated time to restore service, it indicated Friday 10/29 around 6:30PM.  I could hardly believe it, so continued to call for updated information, which I did probably around five times throughout the evening and Thursday morning.

Well… surprise, surprise… at around 11:30 or so Thursday morning, the power went back on!  Yipee!!!

When we are without electrical power, we realize how much we rely on it for so much of our daily tasks, chores and just stuff.  When we get it back, if you are like me, I kind of appreciate it a lot and am conscious of how great it is to live where we do and have the things we have.

How do you deal with being without power?

Successful After Sixty

Tuesday is success day.   I recently heard someone talking about Thomas Edison’s success and decided to learn more about him.  After reading the biography of him by Gerry Beals,  I have realized what a success he was through most of his life, even extending on into his 80’s.

Thomas Edison had 1,093 patents in his name by the time he died in 1931 at the age of 84.  The last one he got when he was 83 years old.

He had an interesting life from an early age.  He was born in Ohio and the family moved to Port Huron, MI when Tom was 7 years old.  It was there that he had his only formal education which lasted twelve weeks.  Partly because of his hearing problem and partly because his learning style was different, his mother decided to teach him at home.  It is thought that he probably had some learning disabilities and today would have been categorized as ADHD with drugs administered to subdue him.

Mention was made of his extra large head and wide forehead.  There is no question that he thought about things in a very different way and had a unique learning style.  Between the ages of 12-14, he had read numerous classics and other significant books.

Thomas Edison was extremely industrious as a young boy and was creating quite a good income very early on.  One life lesson he learned after his first invention, the Electronic Vote Recorder, which was denigrated by the politicians, is that you need to create and invent things that people want.  Hmmm…Marketing 101.

One of the things mentioned in this biography is that Edison ‘seemed driven by a superhuman desire to fulfill the promise of research and invent things to serve mankind‘.  Only in the late 1920’s did he slow down a little, due to some health challenges.

What an inspiring person.  Personally, I’ve never spent much time studying him before, but after reading about all of his inventions, I realize we have him to thank for so much more than just the light bulb.  This information came from his website.  Wow, having a website in your name after you’ve been gone almost eighty years, now that’s a well-deserved tribute!