The following and all of the other episodes to come are snapshots of what goes on in my head, now and in the past. There are times none of this will make sense. There will be times when I might get lucky and the blog I post will be well constructed and will flow like a mountain stream to an awaiting lake below. Other times it will seem like the ramblings of a madman and you’ll ask yourself, “What the……?”
You should probably get used to the latter.
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY EIGHT: POWER DOWN…
The next time you experience a blackout, take some solace by looking at the sky. You will not recognize it.
I think we give too much power to power.
Like, in electricity.
It runs EVERYTHING.
It’s in the lights and the TV and your cell phone and millions of other things.
Of course. And what would we do without it? We would have to use candles at night and keeping things cold would be impossible unless you lived where it was cold. Then, you would have a heater where you could set the temperature from a thermostat to keep your nosey from getting coldy.
We depend on electricity for just about everything. Even our thoughts are run by electricity. Our brain has electrical impulses that travel throughout it and down our nervous centers to move our bodies.
And I for one loves that we do.
LET’S HEAR IT FOR ELECTRICITY!!! HIP, HIP, HURRAY!!!
Yeah, it’s nice. Thanks, Ben Franklin, you kite flying guy you.
Occasionally… we should turn it off.
Have you ever just turned on the TV so it’s on but have no intention of watching it? Or have you ever got on the computer because you were bored and just ended up buying something you didn’t need? Or turned on needless lights? Or continuously washed little tiny loads of clothes?
You have or some variation of these.
And I have, too.
Let me tell you this.
When I was a kid, I loved to watch the skies when storms were coming in. If you read these blog posts, you know I have mentioned this before. I loved the excitement of them and how pumped I got for them.
And, there was the potential that it could be a thunderstorm.
AND, from that thunderstorm, it could be an…(hold on to your butts)… ELECTRICAL STORM!!!
Oh, yeah. It was exciting and scary all at the same time. There was nothing you could other than go around the house and unplug the expensive electrical equipment. And then wait. We would leave a few lights on to see if the power went out.
The… a huge FLASH… and BANG!!! Lightning and a huge thunderclap.
And out go the lights.
If it was during the day, normally in the summer, I’d get a close as I dared to a window so I could see the dark clouds moving overhead. I loved it.
If it happened at night, we would be in total darkness. I wouldn’t even turn on a flashlight. It depended on the lightning flashes whether you needed one or not. I would be conscientious enough to tell my mom or dad where I was and then go to my room and lie down in the bed and stare at the window and wait for more lightning and thunder. I got a big thrill out of it.
I still do.
And I also loved the idea that the power was out and there was nothing we could do about it until the substation flipped a switch or on a couple of occasions, a power truck would have to come out and change a crispy transformer. We had no choice in the matter. And I loved it. I couldn’t be trusted with candles but I would read comic books or books by flashlight or play night-time covert missions with my GI Joes. Yep, I made the most of it.
And, by God, I had fun.
Then the power would come back on and even though I was thankful the air conditioner started up again (I like cool air, thank you very much), there would be a bit of a let down when the lights popped on.
Over the years, I have remembered that feeling. I still relish in the joy when you have no choice in the matter and make do without power for a while.
Now that I have entered my 48th year of life with 49 coming at me like a rabid bull, I have become to cherish the times when the TV isn’t on and I’m sitting on the couch reading a book or just going outside for the love of Pete (whoever Pete is). It’s just you and the electricity I carry with me, thinking cool thoughts and cool ideas. I have found that I stop myself from turning on the TV and just sitting and reading… or writing. I have found myself creating things by hand without the use of power tools a little more often.
Again, I’m not putting down the electricity. I love it. I’m glad I have it. I LOVE THE GOSH DANG AIR CONDITIONER!!! I love my coffee maker, my computer, my Kindle, the mind-numbing TV, and even my stupid cell phone. I’m thankful we have harnessed the power and use it to do our bidding.
All I’m saying is, it doesn’t hurt to turn those things off and do something that doesn’t require it from time to time. Plant a garden, keep bees, learn how to tie paracord, read a book, write a letter to somebody (a snail-mail letter, not e-mail), go for a walk, lie down in the grass and look up into the sky, or a million other things that don’t require you to flip a switch.
But I will end with this.
Have you ever seen Escape From L.A.? You know? The sequel to Escape From New York? Kurt Russell? To those that have seen it know it isn’t that great… other than Kirk Russell. At the end (spoiler alert), he flips a switch and the power on Earth, all the electricity, goes out in an instant and everyone goes back, figuratively, back to a time before we could flip a switch for power.
Yeah, the movie isn’t too great.
But I LOVE that ending.
-Loyd Elmore Jr
November 13th, 2020
I’ve decided to keep a blog about how I’m dealing with depression. I’m going to consider this a form of therapy. It might not help anybody else but it might help me.