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A Cowboy’s Faith: Electricity often unappreciated convenience

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“It’s almost impossible to imagine what it would be like to not ever have electricity in a ranch home.”

Reminder of its importance became obvious when the power company shut off electricity three times in a week.

Poles and lines are being moved several feet for a highway expansion that’s been in planning stages for years.

It was midday when the lights went out and everything operated by electricity quit working. There was no warning in advance, but evidently some neighbors immediately called the power company.

Three big power trucks in the driveway with a long new pole made it fairly obvious what was up. Electricity was off about three hours the first time as everything seemed to come to a standstill.

When much of modern-day work is done on a computer, there’s immediate time off without power. Still, a certain fear is present wondering how much work will be lost if the computer comes back on.

Fortunately, when power returned, the computer restarted and everything was fine. Likewise, other than having to reset the electric clocks, all of the many other electrical conveniences started working again.

Still no advance warning came from the electric company before the power went off the second time. However, complaining from the community prompted all to get a call before lights were blacked out a third time. The nice lady said power would return in about an hour-and-a-half, but it was back on in an hour.

Actually, there was little inconvenience from the daytime blackouts other than annoyance and aggravation.

It wasn’t that way three decades or so ago when ice storms downed poles for many miles around. Power was out for nearly a week and generators were impossible to buy anywhere.

While home inconveniences are many, the worst part is being unable to water livestock. Pumps don’t run without electricity and animals won’t survive many days without their most essential nutrient. Hauling water is always an ordeal and more so when there’s no power anywhere in the community.

When the power does finally come back on, there’s definite appreciation for the many conveniences it provides.

Forefathers never had electricity or any imagination what it could do, yet they survived and got along just fine.

Reminded of Second Kings 25:30: “He provided all the conveniences needed to live comfortably.”

030615-franksmug2Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.

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