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Could you live without electricity and technology?

Old 05-16-18, 04:35 PM
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Could you live without electricity and technology?

So we had 2 tornados touch down in my county in Hudson Valley, NY yesterday. Nasty suckers. Not in my immediate vicinity, but it did a lot of damage. The $80 Mexican restaurant I went to was closed for Peteís sake!

Anyway, it struck me how fucking dependent on electricity especially and then technology such as cable and internet. Didnít even have cellular available, so couldnít get through to anyone and vice versa. And good for if I keep a corded phone handy.

I mean the phone and internet I could live without, but not watching the news or know anything thatís going on around me till after over was tough. Even with digital clock I had a tough time sleeping. Had to set phone alarm and keep on airport mode to save battery. It was just disorienting is the way to best describe.

Outage lasted just under 24 hours. And it sounds so fucking spoiled, but itís what a lot are used to and take it away suddenly is jarring. Then I think yeah, I have the immenities, but what about people on dialysis machines or breathing apparatus? I suspect there is battery back up, but for how long? What do they do?

So could you live without? And if so how long?
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Old 05-16-18, 04:40 PM
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Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

I've lived without electricity every time I went camping/backpacking. I just came back from a two week trip to British Columbia where we have no phone/TV or any news. It's a nice break. When I get home one of the first things I do is check DVD Talk to see which famous person died while I was gone.
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Well that was a while ago and there was electricity but I did live on an island for 2 years where there was no tv, internet, very little access to foreign news although we (teacher's lounge at school) did get some magazines like Paris Match and a few others. Sooooo lot's of parties.
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Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

I grew up camping and still do. So I can handle it.

In the event of outages I have this cool tool that is a flashlight, a radio, and a phone charger, and it’s powered by turning a crank.
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Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

Each and every person in the world COULD live without electricity and technology; the question should be would they WANT to live without it. The "no" would be universally resounding.
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Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

Possible, yes.
Boring, yes.
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Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

Food, water and pussy are the 3 things I couldn't live without.

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Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

Yes, as long as I have my phone and a good connection I'm fine.
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Yes. In an apocalyptic situation, Iíd be more worried about surviving psycho fucks that populate the world (see: Walking Dead or: just talk to ďnormalĒ people).
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Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

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Food, water and pussy are the 3 things I couldn't live without.
Yeah, and for me I would add weed and books (and sunlight and/or candles to read by).

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Boring, yes.
That's where the pussy, weed and books would come in handy, because fuck, it would be boring, except for when you are foraging for food and water.

I'm old, so I could deal with no technology (computers, cell phones, internet, etc.) because I've experienced the lack of those in my youth. But young folks would probably shrivel up and die without those things.
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Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

We have books, candles, camping gear and an RV, spare propane and a grill, and a solid couple of months of dry and canned food. If the city water stops I can haul river water and boil & filter it.

A power outage is easier to deal with when it's not 40 below, but even then we hook up the genny to power the boiler (burner and pumps).

But being as we both are on daily medications for stuff like asthma, a couple of months would be about it before things got serious.

One of the best parts of my day is sitting quietly with a cat on my lap drinking a beer or just water. By quietly I mean no phone in hand, no TV on, no music or talk radio yammering.
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Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

If we suddenly lost electricity and technology, it would be the fucking Walking Dead.
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That's where the pussy, weed and books would come in handy, because fuck, it would be boring, except for when you are foraging for food and water.
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Yeah, and for me I would add weed and books (and sunlight and/or candles to read by).



That's where the pussy, weed and books would come in handy, because fuck, it would be boring, except for when you are foraging for food and water.

I'm old, so I could deal with no technology (computers, cell phones, internet, etc.) because I've experienced the lack of those in my youth. But young folks would probably shrivel up and die without those things.
I'm not sure I'd wanna be locked up in a room with a woman for an infinite amount of years...just because "pussy".
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Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

I'm not sure I'd wanna be locked up in a room alone for an infinite amount of years, either...
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Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

Well, you could feel free to take your chances with the horny mutant men outside.
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Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

I could live without technology. Living without electricity would be a bit tougher simply because having no heat in the winter and no A/C in the Summer would get hard. I suppose I could live with a fireplace or wood burning stove for the winter but even though I survived it as a child, I’d be miserable on the hottest summer days with no A/C. There’s no greater everyday misery than trying to sleep in stifling heat!
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No technology period would suck and while Iím sure Iíd adapt over time itíd suck. I could however do without some of the everyday conveniences like the internet or a cell phone I think though.
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Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

For limited time, sure. I go camping once per year and have nothing for 4 days. For extended period of time, probably not.
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Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

I don't think I could live in FL without electricity for AC. It's fucking brutal in the summer.

Other than that, I could live without technology, but not having access to the information quickly would be a bitch.
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Old 05-16-18, 10:22 PM
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Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

Absolutely, I could live without electricity. I practically do now -- power bill is down to < $10 per month.

I've got lots of books, lots of canned food, no need for a cell phone (nor is my life tied to one like 99% of people these days), could get used to life without watching movies (or, allocate that luxury to a gas-powered generator for "movie night" once per week, etc.) I've got my laptop, but it only consumes a mere 6 watts of power, so using it a few hours a week would be a trivial power drain, again a luxury that a generator (if allowed in your scenario of "no electricity") could be used sparingly, as fuel allowed. I could easily be weaned off all gadgets because I've got lots of unread books.

I've also got lots of paraffin and kerosene for light.

The only problems, long term, would be lack of refrigeration and perhaps lack of clean water. These could be overcome by growing as much food as possible in a garden and / or continuing to rely on canned goods.

Living in SoCal, I would have no heating problems, but of course some discomfort due to lack of air conditioning, which I endure now because I don't want to be raped by SoCal Edison at 45 cents per kilowatt hour.

Moving to a colder, northern climate would eliminate that refrigeration problem for 6-8 months of the year. I love the cold, and can tolerate and thrive in an interior temperature of between 40 and 50 degrees. So, very little to no heat would be required, which could be provided of course by kerosene if the need arose on the coldest Winter days.

So, I'm set. Bring on the apocalypse, I'd outsurvive 99% of those pesky Millenials who don't have a backbone and would be totally and hopelessly lost without power for more than 3-4 hours.
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Re: Could you live without electricity and technology?

My family and I would do fine for a while in such a disaster scenario. It certainly wouldn't be fun living like that for an extended period, but we've got enough emergency food for a couple months, along with some fuel, water filters, and plenty of ammo and fishing gear. Climate is relatively mild year round here, and there's a river for water less than 1/2 a mile away.

Healthy and intelligent people would be fine. But the folks I know who are on oxygen, are type 1 diabetic or need dialysis likely wouldn't make it, though.

A few years ago, I read the book
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that deals with life after a large EMP attack on the United States that fries all electrical equipment, creating anarchy and setting the country back 100 years technology-wise. Needless to say, the book was somewhat disturbing.
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Nope, when the power was out for three days a few years ago all I did was have dreams about it coming back on so I could get back to normal. I need hot running water, need to wash clothes, need to cook food etc... and it's not just myself so no power makes it much harder.

However I would be ready for such a thing even more then enough money.
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I'm not sure I'd wanna be locked up in a room with a woman for an infinite amount of years...just because "pussy".
Too late either way, I'm married.
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