There is a new television show that is all about what happens when there is no more electrical power. And I watched the last episode with Hurricane Sandy lurking a couple of hundred miles away, in all likelihood ready to turn our power off. But that's only one issue.
I just called Cindy Jones. She lives in a community that I'm considering moving to, and it's right on the Occoquan River. So, is she nervous? She didn't sound like it. Will her basement get wet? Probably not.
As I sit in my house, located in DC at a fairly high elevation, I am a little bit nervous. And if my basement doesn't get some water (in spite of a bunch of sandbags) it will be a miracle.
So far it's a little bit breezy with a light rain. But in a few hours, it's supposed to get serious enough to shut down the Federal Government, area schools, the entire public transit system and Starbucks. Total rain will be eight inches or more. The winds are supposed to be at 40 mph with gusts up to 70. This is making me really glad that I took down the leaning pine tree in my front yard last year. But the biggest nuisance could come from our power company, which has been know to take weeks to restore power after a biggish thunderstorm.
So, like Cindy, I'll start off with everything fully charged. Then I'll go through first the laptop, then the iPad then the iPhone. Of course, if the power is out, so is the cable and wi fi.
I made up the thing about Starbucks being closed. They could be what we all consider to be an essential service!
Now I'm going to take the advice Cindy gave in her post about the hurricane, and I'm filling the bathtub with water!