Getting the Hang of Power Outages

Getting the Hang of Power OutagesFriday evening, that little thunder storm knocked out our power for almost five hours. That was less than two weeks removed from the storm that knocked out our power for almost 24-hours. I'm starting to get the hang of these power outages.

Friday, for example, wasn't inconvenient at all. In fact, it was pretty sweet. I lit some candles, grabbed my crank radio with flashlight and my George Carlin anthology and chilled.

At 9pm I was reading Carlin with the flashlight while listening to the Jays game. It was like camping without the bugs.

Speaking of camping, it always amuses me that these power outages present such a major inconvenience yet I'm camping with the family next week and that means no lights, no TV, no computers, no fridge, no microwave and no A/C.

Of course, there's a reason camping is fun while power outages are a pain in the ass. It's all in the planning...

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Hey Mike,

Time for the annual camping trip already!? Yikes. Have a wonderful time. Precious time spent with the kids!

You've had some major life events as of late so kick back and smile.

July 21, 2013 @ 10:30 AM

Rick C in Oakville

Your last line said it all, the planning. Usually at home I have the need for a flashlight once a year, usually dead or batteries are leaking. At least with camping I would check all these things before setting off. I even bought a rechargeable flashlight that died because it was overcharging in preparation for this situation.
Where are you heading camping?

July 21, 2013 @ 1:16 PM


Time for 'real' camping this year Mike?
That robust son of yours can surely handle a packed MEC knapsack while your daughter points out the low hanging branches as you handle the canoe over the 1km portage?
Algonquin and Killarney are spectacular when you get away from the 'crowds'.
We did weekend car camping last month and I saw multiple trailers with satellite receivers set up on their campsites. I just don't understand that...

July 21, 2013 @ 10:48 PM


Just got back from a holiday at Pog Lake in Algonquin with my girlfriend. First time camping since I was a kid. Algonquin is spectacular. Tall pines, pine needle carpeting everywhere, great trails, rocks, lakes, rivers, paddling, history and so quiet. It was so much fun to plan and prepare. Sleeping in a tent, cooking meals on a Coleman stove, sitting by the fire, enjoying the company and setting all amazing, I'm hooked.
Iphone ran out of Apple juice and I got over that pretty quickly.

July 22, 2013 @ 10:42 PM


I remember reading this post and thinking, "I can't remember the last time my power went out."

It's gone out twice in the past three days now.

July 24, 2013 @ 9:04 PM


Todd Shapiro gone from the Dean Blundell Show.......waiting for the Toronto Mike Blog entry to go with the Martin Streek, Alan Cross and Bookie are gone blogs.....

CFNY USED to be a great radio station and I wouldn't dream of every listening to anything but it...sadly those days are far behind me and if I'm listening for more than 2 hours I am forced to change it to stop hearing the same songs over and over and over again.

The all request nooner is the only saving grace for me now but it's followed up with the absolute worst part of the station now - Fearless Fred!!!! ugh.

July 25, 2013 @ 11:32 AM

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