July 2016 is in the record books now, as the 3rd rainiest July in Chicago history. More rain in a couple of hours than in an entire month, according to Tom Skilling. and along with the rain comes flash flooding and power outages.
For me, every time it rained last month, there was static on the landline, and problems with the internet. And yes, a power outage. It wasn’t squirrels this time; although squirrels are responsible for more power outages than tree branches, birds or snakes.
You can read more about my problems with squirrels and power lines here.
There will be more thunderstorms, and more power outages. Are you prepared? Pants with lots of pockets? Radio, batteries, canned food? Pet food, water? Ice in a cooler? Then you are ready for a power outage, or a camping trip.
In fact, a power outage is an excellent opportunity to get back to basics. Conserve phone batteries. forget the devices. Stove not working? Cook outside. No air conditioning? Camp outside. When the lights are out, you can see the fireflies. When enough lights are out, you might be able to spot some of the Perseid meteors from your rooftop or backyard.
A power outage is almost like a camping trip, except you can avoid the traffic, the expense, and the crowds. There will be mosquitos, just like camping out. Flashlights and candles will come in handy. A fire offers a chance to gather around and tell spooky stories, which in comparison to the latest news headlines, will seem refreshing.
Ah, but you want your campsite to be near the water? No problem. A cold shower is like a plunge in a lake. Imagine a waterfall in the wilderness. Stairs can be like hiking in the mountains.
Why is the dog growling? And where did the cat come from, appearing as if from nowhere, eyes glowing like mirrors. You are surrounded by wild creatures, a getaway from ordinary life, without ever leaving home.
You can find out more about the Perseid meteors at Space.com.
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