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Monday, January 2, 2017
Be Prepared! 2017 and Power Sockets For the Poor
to 2017! If you have not noticed, the politics of the season has
taken its toll on Global Wahrman, as it has on the world at large. I
am a wreck. Its hard to maintain a cynical and despairing view of
the future when you think things really *are* going to hell in a
handbasket (whatever that may mean).
wish I could promise that there would be less politics, or less
despair, going forward into 2017 but I dont want to make promises I can not keep. But if
there is one thing we learn from the double tragedy of Carrie and
Debbie Fisher, it is to make good use of the time we have, while we
still can. Thats Carpet Diem to you Latin scholars, or “Seize the
Now on to our information content for the day.
are starting a new series of posts on where you can find available
power sockets to charge your consumer electronics devices when the
power company (which is merely a cutout for the local and federal government, by the way) turns off your power for the sin of not
having any money. No mon, no fun, as whores are alleged to say. So
the Boy Scouts say (and I presume the Girl Scouts as well) “Be
infrastructure, then public locations where it seems you can get a
I recommend buying one of those mini power strip like things so that
you can use one socket and yet charge 3 or 4 devices. Remember, you
are going to share with your fellow homeless and disenfranchised,
there is no need to hog both sockets (or whatever is available).
Second, there are these devices that screw in where a lightbulb is
and turns it into a combination lightbulb socket and power socket.
It costs about $3.00 at your local hardware store. I have not used
mine yet, but its nice to have. Third, I have bought a lovely $15.00
extended USB battery that extends the life of my Smartphone battery
by about 2X and is enough to get me through a heavy night of texting and email. Fourth, I have created a nice little bag that contains
my laptop and all the above paraphenalia. I know where it is. When
the power goes out, I know where to find it. Its all ready to go.
where to go?
I am going to specify places in beautiful, peaceful Escondido,
California, these are intended to be placeholders for your own
my local public library is all set up for people like me and their
electronics devices. They have WIFI and plentiful sockets. They are
open six days a week, roughly 10AM - 6PM and Sunday, 11 AM to - 5PM.
Its a good choice if you happen to fit their schedule.
the local Starbucks is an excellent fallback position. The one here
at Mission and Center City Parkway is open from 4AM to 10 PM 7 days a
week. Not so bad. You need to expect to buy something, coffee or
ice tea, for example, and nurse it while you are there charging. They have excellent WIFI. No sleeping!
there used to be power sockets outside stores and buildings but I
guess they are gone with the wind. But if you watch your local
homeless people, they will point you in the right direction. I just
met this elderly woman shivering outside my CVS at Felicita and Center City Parkway who had found two
sockets and was charging away. As you face the front door, it is on the right, around the corner, behind the video renting machine.
What a nice person. What a shame she
must also be a bad person, because only a bad person could be poor in