As we all watch this storm roll through, thoughtful people know there will be more to follow, a generator could be a great investment, Governments at all levels have never promised you more, but you know they can’t be there to power that simple little motor in your gas furnace so your family can be warm in the middle of an outage.
Storms have rolled through for longer than man has existed, and it’s a guarantee, there’s more to come. I was wondering today how many are waiting for Al Gore to bring and end to storms? How many are listening to Bill Nye the Science Guy? Bill… just how much ‘hands on’ does this guy have? He did have a Job as a Boeing Engineer for a while, but my bet is that the majority of DIYers have more hands on, he’s been more focused on comedy, and science for kids. Yes a mechanical engineer he is, and so many like him at Boeing. Not a bad thing at all. But here in the Puget sound Basin, we have so many of them, and we make jokes about them. Example: And why did he build a house with such a goofy floor plan? Answer: because he’s a Boeing Engineer.
But seldom do you find a Boeing Mechanical Engineer who wants to lead the parade on the Global warming debate. A good Boeing engineer knows his limitations. I guess I write this to say.. there’s everything to be found on the internet and beyond, every opinion, and every kind of product. It’s the reason we invest our own time to study. And we ask questions.. like why do people wear bow ties?
Today, we should all give thanks we are safe and warm, and for those who are not, we pray they don’t take risks with gasoline fuel. That they don’t refuel a generator near the house, don’t even bring it inside the garage. These are times when no one may be able to help IF you manage to start a fire, so you will be extra cautious. Know about the fumes, and the cases where they’ve built up in a garage and were touched off by a near by pilot light. and don’t we know about carbon monoxide, and the people it has killed.
Maybe we do take the risk of giving advice and helping a neighbor when we see them taking too much risk? It might be better than wishing we had done so later.
Gasoline is dangerous stuff… it need be handled with as much respect as a loaded gun, and maybe New York really should limit the size of fuel cans to seven ounces.