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Sandy Has Left Millions With No Power – How Do You Pass Time Without Electricity?

ABC News U.S. 2012/10/30 18:57:51
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  • Gone baby gone 2012/11/11 05:23:00
    Exercise
    Gone baby gone
    Do something that will enable me to establish some means of power.. communications.. maintain food supplies.. enforce security.. identify medical supplies.. head count on myself, check neighbors.. then repeat..
  • Merhabi Daham 2012/11/04 19:55:33
    Read a Book
    Merhabi Daham
    I like my books.
  • us 2012/11/04 19:46:32
    Play Board Games
    us
    +1
    When we lost power we used candles, and we played card games, but board games,
    exercise is a great idea.
  • Kaye 2012/11/04 19:13:18
    Read a Book
    Kaye
    +1
    I live near Austin,and our lights haven't went out but a few seconds in years.we get some good storms,but we just don't lose our lights hardly ever
  • Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆ 2012/11/04 18:37:42
    Read a Book
    Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆
    +1
    Even if it was a book I'd read before.
  • Jarod Kochman 2012/11/04 18:33:22 (edited)
  • Exercise
    ṃεταllïс_ḋќ[сhατвøχ]
    +1
    Go to the playground itself,nature.
  • Nat™ 2012/11/04 17:33:55
    Clean
    Nat™
    +2
    Clean, eat, then sleep. My favorite things to do that doesn't involve electricity.
  • EastIndianFemme 2012/11/04 17:00:28
    Read a Book
    EastIndianFemme
    +1
    I haven't dealth with a power outrage since I left my hometown via snowing back then!!

    I'm assumig children under 25 have major hissy fits these days because they CANNOT live without cellphones, TV, Internet, some form of tech gadgets and the likes and don't want to read or play board games (unless forced to)!!

    Hey kids [under 25] we didn't have power over 100+ [barely] years ago, so what did people do back then; complain, I don't think so!!!

    1900 century
  • Sue MacDonald Kyak 2012/11/04 16:53:40
    Play Board Games
    Sue MacDonald Kyak
    +1
    And drink lots of wine.
  • bluelady 2012/11/04 14:22:53
    Read a Book
    bluelady
    +1
    or play Age of Empires on this laptop...got good battery life and we have a generator
  • Bob DiN 2012/11/04 11:35:21
    Clean
    Bob DiN
    Working helps keep you warmer with no heat.
  • American☆Atheist 2012/11/04 07:35:26
    Play Board Games
    American☆Atheist
  • sglmom 2012/11/04 04:29:01
    Clean
    sglmom
    +1
    WOW ..
    this POLL is VERY INSENSITIVE (and CALLOUS) to those who rode out the storm ..
    (not only this one .. but so many others too)

    Let me make this perfectly clear here ..

    I DO live in a HURRICANE ZONE ..
    yes, have experience with multiple MAJOR Hurricanes and Other Hurricanes, Tropical Storms, water spouts, and windstorms of other types too ..
    (As well as rains that don't get to the Tropical Storm level)

    I've experienced times for weeks withOUT power ..
    With Generator and fuel .. down to essential functions to keep the home running ..
    FIRST to go up with me (even disabled) up ladders to get the BLUE tarp on what was left of the roof)
    I went to do what I do daily to keep food on the table, the house paid for ..
    and around this ..
    arranged for the goods, materiels, labor to repair my home ..
    came back and changed and started with the cleanup of the property ..
    chain saw work, dragging pieces bit by bit forwards streetside ..
    with a pile over 8 feet high ..
    and a couple dozen feet deep ..
    all my neighbors and I had these piles streetside ..
    with only our driveways being clear of the branches, trunks, leaves, pieces of other people's storage barns and other structures not anchored to the ground ..
    it took a couple weeks for power to be restored ..
    but I needed ...
















    WOW ..
    this POLL is VERY INSENSITIVE (and CALLOUS) to those who rode out the storm ..
    (not only this one .. but so many others too)

    Let me make this perfectly clear here ..

    I DO live in a HURRICANE ZONE ..
    yes, have experience with multiple MAJOR Hurricanes and Other Hurricanes, Tropical Storms, water spouts, and windstorms of other types too ..
    (As well as rains that don't get to the Tropical Storm level)

    I've experienced times for weeks withOUT power ..
    With Generator and fuel .. down to essential functions to keep the home running ..
    FIRST to go up with me (even disabled) up ladders to get the BLUE tarp on what was left of the roof)
    I went to do what I do daily to keep food on the table, the house paid for ..
    and around this ..
    arranged for the goods, materiels, labor to repair my home ..
    came back and changed and started with the cleanup of the property ..
    chain saw work, dragging pieces bit by bit forwards streetside ..
    with a pile over 8 feet high ..
    and a couple dozen feet deep ..
    all my neighbors and I had these piles streetside ..
    with only our driveways being clear of the branches, trunks, leaves, pieces of other people's storage barns and other structures not anchored to the ground ..
    it took a couple weeks for power to be restored ..
    but I needed to keep cooking, cleaning, making sure there was also a home for my children too (and their school was back in session before even I got power restored) ..

    TIME to GROW UP ALREADY ..
    and start showing some SENSITIVITY .. HUMANITY ..
    and NOT TRIVIALIZE what is truly a situation where there are folks still withOUT power and in need ..

    And oh, by the way ..
    I can say this was done on our own ..
    we didn't see any HELP at all ..
    it is neighbor helping neighbor ..
    (not one bit of help from FEMA ..)
    and how did I pay for the Damages to my home?
    THAT Came out of what I was so careful to save for YEARS and YEARS ..
    see .. I, like the rest of my neighbors ..
    we live within OUR incomes ..
    we care for each other ..
    and we pay our own bills too ..
    (at least we heed our HURRICANE Season needs/warnings .. and don't go withOUT preparing overall)
    (more)
  • Dan sglmom 2012/11/04 04:58:55
    Dan
    +1
    I like your self sufficiant attitude. But I see the question as more naive than insensative.
  • sglmom Dan 2012/11/04 05:03:02
    sglmom
    Given the poster of this question ..
    I see it as VERY INSENSITIVE and Callous ..
  • Dan sglmom 2012/11/04 05:16:16
    Dan
    All I can find now is an ABC news logo pictured beside the question. I thought I saw a picture of a city in the right hand hot question column earlier, but now I can't find it. Is it the picture of the city that you find insensative?
  • sglmom Dan 2012/11/04 05:35:53
    sglmom
    I find the attitude of the poll insensitive ..
    doesn't matter which city ..
    I've lived through and dealt with the coming and fall of several major hurricanes in my time ..
    It is the CALLOUS .. the very indifferent .. almost like it is a 'joking' matter ..
    that this poll is touching upon this subject ..

    (it is not easy to live without power .. but at least I and my neighbors are always prepared)
    Quite frankly ..
    those cities should have taken heed of OUR experiences ..
    for we've survived so many ..
  • Dan sglmom 2012/11/04 06:02:42
    Dan
    +1
    Understood. I think the insensativity is based more on ignorance than intent.
    I live in Minnesota. No hurricanes here but we do have some nasty thunder storms in the summer and of course extreme cold with snow and ice storms in the winter, much like NY from what I see. We have a basement for bad weather in the summer. In that same basement is a wood stove with a stock pile of fire wood out side. Fire is one thing that works without electricity. I do agree that many people don't seem to learn important lessons when it comes to the weather. Self sufficiant communities don't seem to get near as much attention as the ones who demand that others help them because they can't help themselves. I hope you recover well and you are all in my prayers.
  • sglmom Dan 2012/11/04 22:03:15
    sglmom
    +1
    That is why I called it out ..
    it definitely is IGNORANT of a poll ..
    and shows a lack of understanding ..

    People need to be prepared ..
    and we need to be HUMAN enough to approach things with dignity ..
  • Sue Mac... sglmom 2012/11/04 16:58:15
    Sue MacDonald Kyak
    +1
    I live in NJ, we get hurricanes, I just spent over five days without power, heat or hot water and no gas in the rental car since the car was totaled and I'm not offended by this at all.
  • sglmom Sue Mac... 2012/11/04 22:04:53
    sglmom
    In this case ..
    I believe the poll is born of IGNORANCE ..
    and that ignorance shows a callousness that is inhumane ..
    I'm not as much offended ..
    as taking to task those who treat the subject as a 'joking matter' ..
    for it is NOT ..

    (especially since it was much longer of a bit of time that MY area was without power .. after many of the storms that have hit my home directly .. )
  • Sue Mac... sglmom 2012/11/04 16:55:33
    Sue MacDonald Kyak
    +1
    Just an innocent question, you're being too sensitive.
  • sglmom Sue Mac... 2012/11/04 22:07:02
    sglmom
    Not at all ..

    For there's too many who FORGET ..

    INCLUDING basically all of the msm ..

    that there's so many more affected by the storms than just the City-Dwellers ..
    and this topic .. the loss of power .. is something that folks ..
    in different natural events/weather events ..
    have gone withOUT power for WEEKS at a time ..

    Needless to say ..
    My statements still stand ..

    Time that they take this subject SERIOUSLY ..
    and show some Humanity by not putting out polls .. that seem to be callous ..
  • us sglmom 2012/11/04 19:57:22
    us
    +1
    I believe we take things forgranted, I never been in a hurricane, but we have lost power,
    we used candles, but I laughed when i would turn on a switch for the light or go to use the toaster, I would laugh, but at the same time realizing how it feel so different not having these items.
  • sglmom us 2012/11/04 22:11:04
    sglmom
    Indeed ..

    It is stunning when I go other areas to visit family/friends ...
    and they make jokes of the storms .. Hurricanes (Majors too), Tropical Storms, Tropical Depressions ..
    they don't realize ..
    what we do to survive ..
    how the msm and the rest of the nation seems to FORGET
    that there's those OUTSIDE of cities ..
    who survive these storms .. and live with the aftermath ..
    never getting any help (other than neighbor helping neighbor .. )
    and just going on with our lives ..
    (paying our bills, doing our own chain saw work, pulling that mess up streetside .. and yes, paying to haul away the remains of other things (including streetlights from miles away that landed in our yards) ..

    THAT is why I'm taking to task this particular poll ..
    for it is definitely showing that there's a particular form of INHUMANITY in the one who would write it this way ..
  • us sglmom 2012/11/06 03:54:44
    us
    +1
    Thanks for writing back, I hope and pray that other out side the hurricane, people can help buy donating, and is there shelter for now to help those in need, what about food and water, gas. I believe this time not for hate but time for prayers, but I know sometime it is hard.
  • Astoria Malfoy♥ Bass Redfer... 2012/11/04 04:06:49
    Read a Book
    Astoria Malfoy♥ Bass Redfern ~*In Harry Potter I Trust
    +1
    I have about 9 different led lights and a lot of books I love at my home.
    Last month there was a power outrage that lasted about 40 freaking hours. Thursday after 8 am and Friday till midnight, And I read. A lot.
  • PandoraBoxe 2012/11/04 03:22:36
    Go for a Drive or Walk
    PandoraBoxe
    +2
    actually all of the above
  • JS 2012/11/03 22:08:20
    Read a Book
    JS
    +1
    Read, exercise, and play board games as my free time allows.
  • AZTEC WARRIOR 2012/11/03 21:51:26
    Go for a Drive or Walk
    AZTEC WARRIOR
    +1
    a walk at the park or bike riding at the park
  • Joe--PWCM 2012/11/03 19:10:52
    Exercise
    Joe--PWCM
    +1
    But in reality watch for a birth spike 9 months from now...
  • Golden Panther 2012/11/03 18:17:00
    Go to a Bar/Restaurant
    Golden Panther
    +1
    Go to a five star hotel...where they do have electricity...thank you Tesla and Westinghouse.
  • C. C. Rider 2012/11/03 16:05:05
    Clean
    C. C. Rider
  • Barbara Hasler 2012/11/03 16:04:08
    Read a Book
    Barbara Hasler
    +1
    Books, magazines and cross word puzzles are wonderful. I also knit. I have a gas grill so I can cook and a wood burning fire place so I can stay relatively warm.
  • Bob DiN Barbara... 2012/11/04 11:36:41
    Bob DiN
    +1
    Read in the dark?
  • Barbara... Bob DiN 2012/11/04 17:53:17
    Barbara Hasler
    e-reader or daytime reading or the use of a hand generated combo of lamp/ flash light/ radio also portable LED bulbs that run on batteries. I also have keorsene lamps and fuel. Survivor stuff!
  • Bob DiN Barbara... 2012/11/04 18:50:51
    Bob DiN
    +1
    Your well fixed. However with Sandy some are now homeless and FEMA and the Red Cross are nowhere to be found.
  • Barbara... Bob DiN 2012/11/04 20:49:52
    Barbara Hasler
    I agree with you, Bob. First, the government are notoriously late and then inefficient when they arrive. The Red Cross was hampered by the closed airports and had ordered all their land equipment to move to the area but were symied by the lack of roads and access to the areas. The workers going from my state of Oregon could not get on site until Saturday. I wish the goverments of the states would get some home inspectors on the sites to check the homes for soundness. Again none have shown. I am still worrying about how they are going to shelter about 30,000 that need it. I noticed yesterday in Long Island that the people were taking command and bring in supplies, -clothing and food by the truck loads and cleaning up the rubble and getting rid of dry wall, etc. This is the America I love. However, they could not supply housing.
  • flrdsgns 2012/11/03 14:38:17
    Go for a Drive or Walk
    flrdsgns
    +1
    Personally, I like sex as an option... :)

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