A morning in the last week of January found Anne enjoying a steaming mug of hot chocolate while I cooked our bacon and eggs on the portable propane stove. The kerosene back-up heater was keeping it comfortable in the house, but we were a bit chilled from our time out in the snow doing the morning feeding for the horses. I knew that later I'd fire-up the generator to power the pump so that I could replace the ice in the buckets and troughs with fresh water... Not to mention bringing up water for household use. The deep ice and snow on the steep hills of our long private road made it impassable to the trucks and jeeps and pretty much had us stranded at home. But that wasn't too troubling since we had plenty of Spam, dry goods, and fuel on-hand. Of course, we could get out on horseback or on the tractor if we REALLY needed to.
As we ate, I switched on the black & white TV (powered by a car battery and a little DC/AC inverter) and we watched channel nine's special reports on the freak blizzard and the hundreds of thousands of households across the area who were without electricity, and were expected to be off the grid for several days. I thought about all the folks whod scoffed at us for making Y2k preparations. The poor souls who were shivering in their cold, dark, silent houses. Fishing water out of the nearest creek or pond by the bucket to carry to the horses. Eating whatever cold canned goods they have stuffed in the back of the cupboard. I considered the plight of these unfortunate folks as we sat warm and well-fed watching TV, and one thought kept running through my mind...
"Nyah NYAH nya-nyah NYAH!"
After all, I did warn them back in the Summer 1999 issue. I said that the Y2k glitch would probably amount to nothing, but that it was a good excuse to get prepared for the disaster that was definitely going to happen somewhere down the road. There's always another ice storm, hurricane, tornado, or other mess coming our way. A little preparation can provide a lot of comfort when the grid goes down!
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