My lovely wife and I were babysitting our granddaughter in town the the other day. Twice during the evening, the lights flickered and the power died. It was just for a few seconds, but we both felt weird.
I'd no idea how much we'd gotten used to having our solar electric system. Most of the time, the system just works. It rarely goes out. The few times it does, it's usually a simple matter of resetting something. Being in town and on the grid, I was completely as the mercy of the power company. Really hated that feeling. That's one of the reason we put in an independent power system in the first place.
The problem isn't even that we had no electricity. We are perfectly comfortable primitive camping for days on end without any electric power. That fact that we were in town and without power added to the weirdness effect.
In the few seconds that the power was off, I thought: okay, I've a flashlight in the truck and a small inverter. Using the flashlight, it should be possible to find an extension cord and run it to the truck. Some lights and a radio could be run on it. Being able to quickly put together some sort of backup plan made me feel better.
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