...or, "If you're so smart, why are you sitting there in the dark?" I struggled with the title for this thread, but after being without power during Hurricane Florence these things have started to take on greater significance to me. I've always been the guy that asks, "What happens when the power goes off?" The answer for most modern electronic gear is "Nothing." That thumb drive with all your survival resources is as useless as a stick, and makes worse kindling. All your family photos, books, references... Everything electronic can be gone in a flash. We think we're so smart, with our gigabyte storage capability and cloud back-up. How long before everything you own today is obsolete and you can't even view it? (can you still play 78RPM records? Eight track tapes? Super 8 or even BETA home movies? How's that floppy disk library working out?) This is a thread about powerless resources, entertainment and things that bring comfort and ease to our lives without batteries or plugs. Non-electronic resources that Grandma and Grandpa would feel comfortable with. I'm old enough to have smashed my fingers in a laundry mangle, and used a wash board, and I used to stand on the laundry stove to reach the basement window. The old folks were pretty smart, and we can learn much from them as survival monkeys.