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How did you manage?
Sunday, July 8, 2012
By HOLLY KOZELSKY - Bulletin Accent Editor
Well, now we can compare: Is it worse to lose power during the coldest days of winter or the hottest days of summer?
I couldn’t believe it when I read last Sunday‘s Bulletin. The headline screamed:
“Powerless: Winds cut electricity to estimated 25,000 residents.”
If there was no power, how in the world did they get the paper out? (I didn’t work on Saturday, so didn’t know.) Later, I found out that the Saturday crew, which usually starts working in the morning, didn’t get to start until 5:30 p.m., when the power came back. They worked like maniacs to get the paper out.
It really is impressive to see how some people and businesses really pull things together in times like these. Think about the emergency services workers who get their stations back in order quickly, and those stores that still manage to be open.
What do you miss most about electricity? This week, the air conditioning is a given. From there, what follows? Do you miss TV, or do you wish for lights?
For all those people who freeze their garden produce, at least this didn’t happen at the end of summer. Could you imagine losing a freezer full of all your hard work?
As hard as it is to sit around at home in the heat, let’s think of those outside. Why not leave a cold soda or water in an ice bucket for the mail carrier? What about outdoor work crews?
Finally, let’s take care of those who can’t take care of themselves, because they are tied to trees or trapped in small pens. Keep pets’ water dishes filled, and be sure animals have shade and cool areas to rest. Be an advocate for animals who don’t have what they need.