Comment: OMG - You are going to make me confess, aren't you?

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OMG - You are going to make me confess, aren't you?

SO, I woke up with no power this morning. Mind you, I'm feeling pretty smug, "prep" wise. About 50 yards out my front door is a 150+ degree hot spring, just a gusher. I will not freeze this winter.... hehehe. And I won't get thirsty, that spring ain't going to freeze either.... hehehe.

But you know what? That spring is a LONG DAMN WAYS at 3:00 AM on no coffee. I had ONE 16 ounce bottle of water. And, ONE lighter that (of course) was dead by 6:00 AM. I did get a candle lit before it died, but when 11:30 rolled around and I was still without power, I thought I'd go sit it out in the pool, and blew out my candle. Well... the pool was not open, so I came back and wanted a cigarette. I dug around, I KNOW there is a lighter or matches here somewhere... Nothing. I found my magnesium flint, cool little gadget. Even cooler if you know how to make it work. I'll be getting a lesson on that tonight...
So, just yesterday, I watched this video - only posted the day before:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJYijZyyNIk
Well, I have plenty of batteries around here, but I roll my own cigarettes and do not chew gum. Seriously... I was just about to climb the walls when the power came on and I was able to light my cigarette like the good trailer trash I am - on the toaster. LOL!
I've been calling myself "Mis-Prepared" all morning.
Seriously, it was a good wake up call. On the big picture, we're doing pretty well, generator, well, hundreds of gallons of water, lifetime collection of wilderness camping gear including water filters, emergency stoves... all at the farm. And you know, without water and matches, there is no pretending you are at all prepared. I am Mis-Prepared today... and finding this thread just has me ROLLING - what timing!
HUGS for the kind words, and I hope folks will realize that if even a ditz like me can get this going, surely ANYONE can do it.
We got some REALLY exciting news last night too. The next dome may be coming together a lot sooner than we expected.

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.