Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Episode 138, Beating a Winter Power Outage

In a prior show I talked about the first winter storm at Liberty Ridge, the first test of our emergency preps. We got through that storm unfazed--everything worked as planned.

That storm, however, did not take down the utility power.  But a more recent storm DID.

Our backup power system worked fine, but we did experience some complications and we learned a few lessons.

Due to a series of unforeseen circumstances, we were caught short in one key aspect of our preps. The good news is that we had an adequate backup available, and we were fortunate that the outage did not last longer than it did.

Remember, Murphy's Law says that your next emergency will happen just when you are the most vulnerable.

You can always learn something when a real emergency puts your preparations to a live test. Make sure you do, so that you are that much better better prepared next time.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Episode 137, 1978 versus Now

In this episode, I cover some recent events:
  • Chris Christie's staff-inspired traffic tie-ups on the GW Bridge, and what it says about government
  • A report on white poverty in Appalachia on the 50-year anniversary of the "War on Poverty"
  • The latest government employment statistics showing the work force participation rate has fallen back to what it was in 1978.
The last item inspired me to talk about the year 1978, and what things were like for Americans back then, in comparison to now. Not exactly the good old days. In fact, a lot of bad things started back then (and earlier) have become a whole lot worse. Not all Jimmy Carter's fault, but he sure didn't help.