As we were leaving New Jersey and going into New York on the George Washington Bridge, we noticed the bus driver was trying to shift into different gears. Something was wrong, but we hadn’t a clue what, but the bus was slowing to a crawl and finally stopped. Now understand, this is during rush hour traffic. On the particular span of the bridge we were on, two lanes were headed out of town and the third lane was designated as a bus lane to go into town, while all three lanes on the other bridge span was also headed into town.
Once we were no longer under power, help was dispatched in the form of police cars, a tow truck and fire truck. This, of course, completely tied up traffic….for about twenty miles on both bridge spans going into and out of New York City! We made national news! The tow truck needed a place to turn around once he managed to get to us through the traffic and the fire truck was on stand by in case of any issues and the police cars added to the mayhem. We caused a total gridlock!
I’ve always said I would have made a good pioneer. I completely enjoy burying myself in the variety of homesteading books I own. I can spend hours reading the articles about how people “used to” do it! But even as I do, I wonder about the practicality of it all and wonder, if knowing what I do now, could I really manage a self-subsistent lifestyle?
There has been conversation about the real possibility, in the not too distant future, of the electrical grid coming to a complete halt. I don’t understand all the processes that would have to be in place to make that happen, but it’s something worth thinking about. What would we do if such a thing occurred? Can you imagine the issues—or hysteria? No electric for an undefined time; not an hour or day while repairs are made, but indefinitely! No running water, refrigeration, heat (or cooling depending on the time of year), no gas pumps operating, (so you reduce the ability to get around via auto by a tank of gas), businesses would shut down, grocery shopping would come to a halt, no computer or phone service, no coffee makers (it's the little things!), no cooking if you have an electric stove, and the list goes on and on!
In each of these cases a person (or family) would have to learn an alternative way of doing things just to survive! There are lots of “prepping” books available to study for those interested in preparing for the catastrophic doom and gloom predicted in articles floating all through the news and online. I admit, I find them interesting, and a little –no make that a lot—intimidating! I guess not the books or articles themselves, but the questions they ask, preparations they suggest and how inept I am at the moment to even work through the problems!
So I challenge you to give this scenario a little thought. What would you do? I’d love to hear some feed back from my readers of your take on this!