Open Thread: What do you do when the power goes out?

(posted by chris the cynic)

As electronics have become larger and larger parts of our lives, losing power has become a bigger and bigger deal.  There are plenty of things that have batteries, but those do have a habit of running down.

The old standby is to light a candle and read a book.  (Because fire and kindling go together so well.)  And I know a little girl who things that telling ghost stories is required.

What do you do?

[As a reminder, open thread prompts are meant to inspire conversation, not stifle it. Have no fear of going off topic for there is no off topic here.]

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4 thoughts on “Open Thread: What do you do when the power goes out?

  1. Firedrake September 30, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Sticking with the spirit of the thing and not considering the many hours of autoilluminated reading I can get from my Kobo… we have quite a lot of paper books here, and a plentiful supply of tea-lights. Also board games. (Anyone else play Firefly?)

  2. Lonespark October 1, 2014 at 10:41 am

    And you have to shine a flashlight on your face! I assume you mean, when the power goes out and it’s dark? Shadow puppets! And sometimes you have to eat all the ice cream and stuff, but that’s only if you know it will be out for a while. Otherwise, don’t open the freezer.

  3. Lonespark October 1, 2014 at 10:44 am

    We have tons of candles, too, and a fair number of books we haven’t read or could stand to read again. If it’s not dark or dangerous, go play outside.

    I think something we could use is more safe containers for open flames. We do also have some battery-operated candles. I should probably keep those closer to hand…

  4. froborr October 1, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    We don’t have power outages in DC. All the cables are underground, you see. We sometimes have rolling brownouts in the summer, but that hasn’t happened the last couple of years after the government offices started turning off most of their lights during the day in the summer (the hallways are spooky at my office!)

    I’ve lived here long enough that I don’t really remember what we did as kids, to be honest.

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