Monday, May 23, 2011

World's End

This past weekend was supposed to be the end of the world. Internet and tv went on and on about how the world will end based on one man’s predictions, the same one man who made wrong predictions back in 1994. I didn’t believe in that mumbo-jumbo and instead set out to have a great weekend.

Saturday, we got free tickets to a Chicago White Sox game. I thought that since the tickets were free that the seats would suck, but wow. Front row! The baseball game was great, and our team won. We left happy.

Then we went to my brother-in-law’s who had remodeled one room of his house, the entertainment room. He had a pool table and dart games, and a full at home bar. We ate a homemade dinner and had a couple of great drinks. We had a blast, until Sunday rolled around.

Sunday felt like the end of the world. I woke with a hangover, and the instant my eyes opened I knew it was going to be a HOT day. I love those when our air conditioner works, but when it’s shooting out warm air on a warm day, I don’t find that enjoyable.

I went outside and lay on the hammock my husband just got. I was almost asleep when my next door neighbors decided to do some yard work. They never do yard work!

Finally, when the neighbors finished and went inside, I got to relax again. I was almost asleep, again, when this time a chill ran down my body and a cold wind started to sway the hammock. The sun vanished. I opened my eyes and looked at the dark storm clouds hovering above. I dashed inside and turned on the lights and started doing some laundry. The lights flickered, once, twice, and gone.

I sat in the dark, hoping the lights would come back on but a few minutes passed and boredom over took me. I grabbed a candle and my e-reader and entertained myself the way they did in the old days. Every once in a while I would glance up for a sign of the storm. However, the storm clouds thinned, the glimmers of sunlight came out again. The wind died down, and a couple of hours later, the power came back on.

That had me thinking though. What if the power went out and never came back on. Would everyone be able to survive and adapt or would some people die? Are some people way too used to their modern conveniences to even know how to live without them? What do you think?


  1. Sounds like a great basis for a story... the day the power goes out for good... write it!!

  2. A perfect Rapture scenario--no modern conveniences. Sounds like a story!

  3. Sounds like a great Friday and Saturday, but a sucky Sunday. Where I used to live in IL, the power would go out so much it was almost a laughing matter. Look, there's a cloud! No more power. I've went without power for three weeks straight because of a storm once. I don't know how most people would deal with lack of power, but I could do it just fine.

  4. I think most of us would figure it out, but we would always long for the good ol' days when we had it so easy and didn't realize it.

  5. Ooh, sorry about the hangover.

    Ref: no power
    Having managed without electricity for 3 weeks, you learn to live with it. But how would I feel if I knew it would never come back? That would be the real test.

    Hope you're feeling better.

  6. People who need life support would die. I think the rest of us would manage, but it'd be hard as heck. The internet withdrawal would be brutal. Glad you had a good Saturday to offset Sunday. The end of the world stuff ... as I see it, why worry about it. There's nothing to be done about it. Don't drink that dude's Koolaid.

  7. Oooooh, great questions! Sorry about your Sunday. Sundays are supposed to be the best day of the weekends so you feel better going into Monday!

    I couldn't survive without modern conveniences in Los Angeles. If I moved up north where I could have trees in my yard that are great for keeping cool on sunny days, I could do it. I can make do with just a shelter and a great garden. :-) But I get my coffee, right? That I can't do without!

  8. P.S. to Angelina: You've been tagged! See my blog for the details. Playing is optional, of course. Tag, you're it! ;-)

  9. I grabbed a candle and my e-reader and entertained myself the way they did in the old days

    LOL... I'm pretty sure they didn't have eReaders. *wink*

    Re: losing power forever. I'd survive (I lived without it for several years as a kid), but it would seriously suck. Just saying.