I will be posting an epic food fail tomorrow, promise. But I wanted to park this here and get your thoughts.
Last week, I had my furnace filled up with oil. I keep the temperature low--around 60F (about 15C I think)--when it's just me. Still, last week was one of the coldest weeks we had and I was feeling it. There are a lot of modern conveniences that I don't think I'd let go with good grace. I'm not talking about cell phones or even computers (though I love online banking, it has saved my bacon). I'm talking about things like electricity and central heat.
I left the house today with my dinner simmering in the slow cooker. I drove to work--it's under ten minutes from the place where I'm renting, though likely 45 minutes to an hour if I had to walk it. We have working traffic signals and my office is climate controlled (albeit it always tends to run cold, even in the summer). Still, it's a comfortable life. Despite me not having cable or watching TV these days, despite me never owning a smartphone, I'm living better than royalty if you look at the standard of living of the majority of people who ever lived.
How do you think you'd cope if what happened in India last year happened here, and we had a massive blackout? Do you think it would really mess with you if, like in other places in the world, there were almost regular blackouts or only sporadic electricity?
I think I wouldn't deal well at all, myself.