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Days Gone By.... By Rebecca Hudson

January 16, 2013

Back in the early days of electrification, electricity was pretty common in cities, but there were widespread rural areas without power.
I recently ran into a computer glitch that irritated me to no end: my newish lap top's AC power adapter quit working. No warning whatsoever, it just stopped powering up my gismo, and rendered it completely worthless. There was nothing I could do but go in search of a replacement power supply cord.

Now I realize we have all experienced little irritations such as this; I know it wasn't the end of the world, but at the same time, I couldn't help but scream silently to myself, "Why me?!" Then I started thinking about the big picture....how pretty much every little convenience and necessity in our lives depends on the existence of the power grid. We flick a switch, voile there's light. We push a button, and magically we have brought to life in a Frankenstein fashion the plethora of appliances and tools that clutter our daily existence. The quality of our lives directly correlates with the fact that, when we desire it, electricity will be there at our fingertips.

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