Routine Hiccups and Rabbit Holes

Posted on January 7, 2021
Tags: 100DaysToOffload reading books diversions

Tim Lavoie

You Can’t Choose What the Weather Brings

but you can choose how you deal with it. Same goes for life.

A couple days or so ago, this region got some weather. By definition I guess, there’s always weather, just it doesn’t always stand out much. Here, I generally consider it pretty nice.

Tuesday though, the defining feature was wind. This is a mostly quiet place, barring some helicopters and float planes, but this wind was loud, and went on for hours with gusts over 80 km/h. Further up the coast, it was much stronger yet. While our place made out fine, the old question about trees unheard falling in forests, is answered by the power lines that some of them hit.

The BC Hydro outage map for the island looked like we had measles. Between ferries cancelled due to the wind, and the scale of restoration needed, it took almost a day for our power to come back. Our terrestrial internet connection still hasn’t recovered quite yet.

Preparation helps a ton for how much inconvenience there ends up being in an event like this. Having water, wood, and shelter makes a huge difference. Coffee helps, too.

Coffee over a roaring fire

Working in tech, the storm brings more than a little inconvenience as well. Computers need power, and connectivity requires all the pieces in between to keep running. Charged batteries, in a UPS, laptop, or phone do smooth out some of the bumps. We still had cell service, which I used for work.

For evening though, it seemed a bit much to mess with streaming Netflix over a phone, when we could just read in front of the fire. More batteries, in head-lamps this time, help here.

Oh, if only I had something to read!

(looks at stacks of unread books, and more for Christmas)

As it turns out… yeah, I have stuff to read. One of my Christmas presents was Allie Brosh’s, “Solutions and Other Problems”.

It’s one of those books that you can certainly take in small bites, being picture-heavy in format. Much like her earlier, “Hyperbole and a Half”, there are plenty of times it has me snorting and chuckling away. Certainly can’t have too much of that these days.

The humour is a huge part of this book, but I don’t know that it’s necessarily the most important part. Sure, it makes up the bulk of the 500+ pages, but there are very, very serious parts as well. They will be uncomfortable to read. That should not dissuade the reader, though, because we should consider the things she talks about here.

I won’t spoil the details, but you should buy, and read, this book. Many laughs, and some parts that make you go, “yup. well said.”

Note: This is post #8 for #100DaysToOffload.