Going on seventy-two hours without power back at the cave. Anticipated date of joining the 21st century is another ninety-six hours. Winter is not the preferred season to be without light and heat.
Except there is light and heat in the cave. Because we’ve prepared for this contingency. Well, I’ve prepared for this contingency. This is a glorious opportunity to show the cave kids how much value there is in planning ahead for when life comes roaring in. A chance to teach them some of the skills and tricks that I feel as if I should have done long ago but just never could find the time or opportunity.
Examples: I’ve known for at least 30 years that you can use spaghetti noodles (uncooked of course,) to light candles and oil lamps. How to effectively build and maintain a fire in a wood burning stove for long term burn. How to calculate cranking amps vs. run amps and why that’s important when determining what can be powered up via a generator. They don’t know that we’ll have light and heat the whole time. They’re already wondering where we are going to go for the weekend.
So, we’re going to subsist on food we’ve laid up already. Some of it needs to be eaten anyway. I’m going to teach them some card games, maybe even poker. Because that’s a skill they should know. We’ll play board games and enjoy each other, sequestered away from the world. Honestly, this could be the best thing that could have happened for us. I’m anticipating that I’m going to hate when the power comes back on and we have to rejoin the outside world.
Hopefully it’s memorable and for all the right reasons. I hope it goes well.
If not, we’ll just run up the pirate flag and lay waste to the countryside. If we run out of food, we’ll just eat our neighbors. They’re Commies anyway. There is no downside here.