So far, touch wood, the neck of Nova Scotian woods I live in has been spared experiencing the great Christmas blackout that has afflicted much of the U.S. Northeast and eastern Canada. There has
been some ominous flickering of lights, but transitory, and never taking things down. Being on the Atlantic coast has resulted in our getting only brief periods of the freezing rain that has beset
points not all that far to the north and west of us. Some poor souls at this writing have been without electric power in their homes for longer than a week. More foul weather is forecast this week,
and we’re barely more than a week into winter. It’s shaping up to be a long one.
However, several blackouts (of more “normal” duration) over the past couple of years have revealed how addicted I’ve become to my iPad. When the power goes out here, so does our wireless Internet connection, which is powered off the
electrical utility’s grid. The worst one was last January when a blackout disrupted something on the transmission tower that wasn’t repaired for five long days, although electrical power was
restored in a matter of hours. That’s about 120 iPad-less hours. Technically, my iPad was fine but without the Internet there wasn’t much I could do with it for the duration.