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A Tax Holiday

Baja Georgia is having a tax holiday for selected hurricane related supplies. This includes things like batteries (we've a good stock, but doing inventory there are packs in there probably no longer functional) not including auto or deep-draw marine batteries, tarps, coolers, petrol cans, oh, and other odds and ends.

Also portable generators, up to a certain capacity. We purchased two today, one which is covered by the tax holiday, and one (a much larger one) which is not. The larger one won't be delivered for a week or so, and then we'll need to wire it into the house. However, it will provide enough current to keep the ceiling fans working, the refrigerator working, the hot water heater working.

Did you notice the well pump is not on that list?

One of the things about KP ranch is that the pump is on it's own meter, which helps to keep track of how much electricity we use to water the livestock but not totally, since the house is on the same pump. That's what the second, smaller generator is for. Keep the water moving. It won't keep the water moving constantly if we experience similar power outages as last year. It will, however, preclude our needing to haul water in 55 gallon drums to water the livestock. And, in conjunction with the second generator for the house, provide for hot showers after taking care of the ranch work.

Might not seem like much to you...

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janetmiles
Jun. 4th, 2005 09:30 pm (UTC)
No offense intended, but yeah, I do understand; I've lived in third-world countries for a couple of months at a time, and as a result I value hot showers highly. Rural USA w/o electricity can be pretty nervewracking.
madshutterbug
Jun. 5th, 2005 04:28 am (UTC)
No offense taken. Anyone who's become accustomed to things which are part and parcel of what we call civilization will comprehend. Running water is probably the greater luxury (for me, not necessarily for Ruthie) than electricity for lights/entertainment. In our case, running water is provided by electricity, so Ruthie will be happy. And I firmly believe in the precept, mantar la concinara contenta, "Keep the cook happy!
chaosloki
Jun. 4th, 2005 09:34 pm (UTC)
yay! Now I know where I'm going if the power's out for more than two days. (Actually, my rule is that we move into a hotel after day 3.)

The lack of running water was the worst part about losing power in the storms. We have those annoying low-volume toilets that are supposed to use less water, but work so crappily (ar ar!) because you have to flush at least twice. I have this recurring nightmare image where I'm in a post-chemo puke-my-guts-out-hourly state when a hurricane hits and the power goes out for a week. :(
madshutterbug
Jun. 5th, 2005 04:29 am (UTC)
Well, if the hotels are still out of power, the door is open. *G* Actually, last year about a mile or so up the road they already had a generator...
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