Is It 2012 or 1912? The Digital Age Takes A Step Back

Since October 29th at 9pm (after Hurricane Sandy came to visit) I have experienced a life much like my grandmother in the early 1900s. This is the digital age?

I’ve been thinking a lot about how far we’ve come, what with cell phones, smart phones, ipads, and computing in the clouds. But this past week plus, I’ve realized just how antiquated our energy infrastructure is. Power line on poles out there in the elements?

With all the advancements in technology, why are we still dependent on wires running across poles, with trees toppling them whenever there’s a wind or snow? Having the power go off again last night because of a little snowstorm is ridiculous.

Nor-easter hits Jersey after Hurricane Sandy, knocks power out again

Photograph from http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2012/11/07/sandy-noreaster-storm

It’s time for President Obama, now that he’s been re-elected to take on energy like never before as well as global warming. If we don’t do something about these issues, we will continue to have these same problems. Am I to fear and keep everything charged to the optimum in preparation of a snowstorm?

I look outside my windows and from the back I see compromised wires (hopefully not mine) and limbs hanging so low, and out the front all the businesses on Central Avenue closed like all of last week. Also, we have solar panels everywhere now in this area, what are they for and how are they powered? Why aren’t these helping the power grids?

This also effects the economy in so many ways. First, businesses that cannot open, cannot sell or spend. Second, just think about the costs to the Government for the assistance and helping to relocate and rebuild all those displaced.

If we are truly the digital age then lets get rid of all the out-of-date ways and have some fresh new ideas.

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