I love electricity!

Tranquility Lane

Thanks to 65+ mph winds knocking down thousands of trees here in Stamford (see photos) — including three onto/into homes right in our immediate neighborhood — we lost power Saturday and didn’t get it back till about 6 p.m. tonight. We feel lucky we’re safe, our house is safe, and our basement didn’t flood. But going without electricity for a few days isn’t pleasant. The house gets cold quickly (thank goodness it wasn’t winter!), food spoils, and it gets awfully dark awfully early.

Our modern lives continue late into the night with the Internet and television and books. So different from how it must have been before electricity. We must sleep much less than our ancestors, whose homes weren’t flooded with artificial light. I wonder what a toll our 6 or 7 hours of sleep a night takes on our brains.

Posted by James on Tuesday, March 16, 2010