I knew it was going to be hot today, but I was still surprised this morning when I walked out my front door into a wall a stagnant, hot, wet air and I was still in the shade. At one point during my trip I passed a gas station and I could actually taste the gasoline in my mouth. Blehh!!!
My mother emailed and asked how I was holding up and I replied I was doing fine as long as the power didn’t go out. That was when I realized I did not have a plan for a power out in the heat. I have a plan and a kerosene heater for the winter. I have all the usual supplies. How am I going to stay cool and entertained if it is hot? How long will the city water stay on if I am sitting under the sprinkler? How fast will my computer and cell phone run out of power? Well I know the answer to that one at least.
So gadget girl is going out to get a solar powered cell phone charger or maybe one that will keep a laptop going. I guess if I fill up a bucket with water and put my feet in it while sitting in the basement I don’t really need air conditioning or a sprinkler.
Now the big one. If I get stuck downtown and power is out that means no traffic lights, no streetcars and no subway. If it is hot I will really have a problem walking home. In good weather that would take about 3 hours. In hot weather that is a lot of blisters and heat rash. I could head away from my house to the lake pick a spot under a tree and wait out the worst of it. We had flooding in the city recently and it took about 5 hours before crowds started to thin out and that was not as serious. During hot, cranky weather I don’t know!
How do you think any of my friends who live downtown would feel about me showing up on their doorstep? Maybe if I brought my cellphone charger and crank radio I would be more welcome than an itchy rash on a hot day. Hmm this is a stumper.
I like to be able to take care of my own problems. I think most people do, but with this one I am just not very happy with my options. One thing I did learn from the flood is that downtown hotels gave discounted rates on the night of the flood. I wonder if they do that and let people into the hotel during a power out? Hmm… renting a room on the 30th floor during a power out. Do you think they have emergency power running the elevators?
Well I have some homework to do! Can you guess that I have anxiety issues? I have to create an elaborate plan for every possible hiccup in life!
P.S. I just got stuck in my office because the paint on the door glued itself together! Plan for that one!