Hey You Guys! – Turn it on

 

“We lived in an electric world. We relied on it for everything. And then the power went out. Everything stopped working. We weren’t prepared. Fear and confusion led to panic. The lucky ones made it out of the cities. The government collapsed. Militias took over, controlling the food supply and stockpiling weapons. We still don’t know why the power went out. But we’re hopeful someone will come and light the way.” 

-Opening credit from NBC’s Revolution

How ironic. The current state of NY & NJ is not as dire as stated above, the government is still in control (although there was talk of the next week’s presidential election being postponed). Cars, batteries and generators are still working.  However the power did go out.  Most towns are still waiting for electricity to come back on.  The way the grocery stores and gas stations are looking (bare shelves, 3 hour waits, etc) it would seem that our society moved a few steps backward.

We have come so far since Edison and Tesla invented electrical currents in the late 1880’s.  In the over 130 years since of introduction of direct currents (DC) and alternating currents (AC) I would expect our society to get past these continual power outages.  I do understand that the weather is playing the factor here, down trees falling on overhead power lines.  But we are of modern society, not sure how we can have wifi for internet connectivity but the process of which we transmit and receive electricity still is just ahead of the dark ages.

On the other hand, we clearly have become extremely dependent on technology and power that when these “necessities” are gone we simply curl up and become a useless society.  We are clearly more capable, we can still be a productive society when faced with a minimal electrical output.

Questions that I have been thinking about:
1. Do those in New Orleans feel empathy for the residents on the NJ coast?
2. Will the celebrities come out with a “Concert for Hurricane Relief” as they did for Katrina in 2005?
3. What will the NFL do to recognize Hurricane Sandy this weekend like they did for Katrina? Such as “Be a Saint” t-shirt sales.
4. Which hurricane garnered more power outages, Katrina or Sandy? Answer Sandy, by nearly 3 million more people affected.
5. How does Florida deal with category 4 and 5 hurricanes?

Ok, enough. On to other business.

Obesity in America Observations
1. The items most depleted at grocery stores due to Hurricane Sandy are chips, cookies and soda. Plenty of fruits and veggies still available.
2. When looking for an inexpensive sweatshirt for Nu’s Halloween Costume at WalMart, there were no small size. There was however 2XL and 3XL.

Major Fan Boy News
Disney has announced its plans to purchase LucasFilm for $4 billon with the intention of introducting Star Wars Episode VII in 2015. Many are upset that Disney, or anyone would tinker any further with the Star Wars series.

I personally am very excited. What does Disney or the Star Wars franchise have to lose? With the exception of Darth Maul and a few interesting scenes in the prequels, the newer movies just were not that good. There is so much opportunity to rekindle the magic that made Episodes IV – VI special.

My only requests:
1. No Jar Jar Binks
2. More Boba Fett
3. Perhaps a lite touch of Ewok on the side

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