Power Failure

This will be short, our power failed about 8 hours ago and repair may be far off.

Who knew modems need power and UPS devices are finite.

On the plus side, I picked up and have read part of a book. “Talent Is Overrated,” A paper book. How quaint is that?

I expect at some point conversations with strangers may become satisfying.

It is one thing to know such a power failure could occur, but watching your phone, tablet, and laptop starve is something else entirely.

The only similar experience prior is 40 years old and involved what to do with my hands after giving up cigarettes.

When does a habit become central to our lives? Is that all an addiction is? Likely. I suspect it is time to assess whether the productivity gain of electronic devices is worth the loss of more human transactions.

I know it takes 3 or 4 days to pass the worst of cigarette withdrawal. I expect the power to reappear before then.

I wonder if I will revert to my old ways. I’d like to think this cue will be taken to heart.

I’ll let you know in a week or so.


I build strategic, fact-based estate and income plans. The plans identify alternate ways to achieve spending and estate distribution goals. In the past, I have been a planner with a large insurance, employee benefits, and investment agency, a partner in a large international public accounting firm, CEO of a software start-up, a partner in an energy management system importer, and briefly in the restaurant business. I have appeared on more than 100 television shows on financial planning. I have presented to organizations as varied as the Canadian Bar Association, The Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants, The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, and Banks – from CIBC to the Business Development Bank.

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