Back from the 19th Century

Anyone who thinks the pre-technology days of the 19th century were some wonderful simpler time hasn’t tried living that way.  Even though our freak pre-Halloween snow storm (official snow total at the airport more than seven times the old record for the month of October) didn’t lead to days and nights of sub-zero cold that burst house pipes, it did send about half the people in our state (and more than 90% of the people in my area) into a daily grind of dealing with warmth, food, water and hygiene before we could even begin to address other needs like communication, jobs, etc.

That beautiful Japanese maple I posted a few weeks back lost one of its major limbs, and that casualty is still hanging up above the ground, hooked on one of the other major limbs that didn’t fall.  Especially hard hit were the oaks, since they are just about the last to lose their foliage.  But even evergreens, which are supposed to be designed for snow, lost tons of limbs.

This stuff that came out of the sky was sticky, wet, and heavy.

Anyway, I’m glad to be back, and happy to report that losing a few trees and limbs isn’t the end of the world.  But I did have some serious internet withdrawal symptoms.



2 Responses to Back from the 19th Century

  1. Gary Anderson says:

    Howard, welcome back. It is interesting how casually we take for granted the things that are truly important in making our modern lives, healthy, comfortable, and efficient. I live in a mountain community. Years ago, our community made the major committment to buried power lines……not inexpensive but, realistically, the only way to avoid these issues. Regards, Gary

    • hhill51 says:

      Years ago I did that on a private level, paying the electric company to remove its poles on my property and installing a 40KW generator with auto-switch that ran off a 3 inch gas main. Expensive, yes. I still had the issues of area-wide communications loss, but at least I didn’t have to throw everything in the freezer into the garbage when we had one of our signature Long Island ice storms. This latest storm knocked things out so badly that within two days none of the cell phone service was working in half the state. Quite a surprise to people who assumed they would have communication that way.

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