Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, January 29, 2022

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, January 29, 2022 




[Nyerges has been teaching and writing about self-reliance and emergency preparedness for over 
40 years. He’s written “How to Survive Anywhere,” “Extreme Simplicity,” “Guide to Wild Foods 
and Useful Plants,” and other books. He can be reached at] 

We’ve all grown accustomed to electricity in our lives. Some say we’re addicted. However 
you see it, modern life as we know it would cease to exist without the steady flow of electrons. 
But most of us have so acclimated our lives to the availability of electricity that it’s hard to 
imagine any life without it. We flip the switch and we have light, or a TV, or radio, or the 
computer, and a whole host of power tools for our shop and yard. Modern banking would 
not exist without electricity, nor would modern communication. 

We’re fortunate that so many inroads have been made to de-centralize electricity, at least for 
those who choose to educate themselves and build little systems so they can get off the grid, 
a little or a lot, and be able to have power if the whole grid goes down. 

Ted Koppel (from the popular Nightline TV news show) wrote a book called “Lights Out” 
where he explored what it might take for a terrorist to take down what are essentially three 
grids in the U.S. Though he points out that this would not be easy, it could be done. Koppel 
also points out, perhaps to the dismay of the reader, that there is really no meaningful action 
plan to deal with such an eventuality. 

We have no crystal ball, but let’s just look at life without electricity, and explore the way in 
which we would live. 


If electricity were to “go out,” suddenly without warning – especially for a prolonged period 
of time -- the results would be disastrous in today’s society, though a prepared person would 
be better able to survive. 

First, there would be widespread panic as the means of communication – except word of 
mouth – would be eliminated. The lack of communication means much more than not 
knowing what happened. It means that whatever method you’ve relied upon to communicate 
with your family, students, fellow workers, etc., will now be gone. 

Rural areas would do somewhat better, for a variety of reasons. Bells and other sounding devices 
could be used for communications, as could fires on hilltops, but these systems all took 
time in the past to develop. A clear method of communication would not be established immediately, 
and I can visualize a brisk business in bicycle couriers who hand-delivered notes. 

You should always discuss the day’s plans with family members and discuss action plans, and 
where to gather, in the event of an emergency. 


Too many of us rely on the ability to go to a bank regularly and use the ATMs. Plus, have you 
ever watched at your local store how people buy things? Most people use credit cards all the 
time, which is a modern marvel of technology that can only exist in an inter-connected world 
powered by electricity. 

People have always figured out how to buy and sell and trade, even before there was electricity. 
But in a transition to no electricity, people might not have access to their money, maybe 
temporarily, and maybe permanently, depending on the nature of the emergency. 

People in rural area’s have quite an advantage over people in the urban centers since they are 
more likely to know where all their needs are coming from. They are more likely to be producers 
of a raw commodity, with which they can directly trade for needs. 

In urban areas, however, everyone tends to buy everything that’s needed, and any food, animal, 
or craft production is nearly always “hobby” level. A major disaster that takes out electricity 
will take out the ability for most urban people to conduct ordinary transactions. During 
the interim, people should band together for protection, because you can expect violence, 
chaos, and unpredictability during such a period, until people figure out a new way of doing 

Do not underestimate the severe impact that lack of access to money will have on your life 
and society. My suggestion is to constantly have it in the back of your mind, “what would I 
do if I could not get cash today? What can I do differently each day to be better prepared if 
that ever happened?” There are many options, such as always having extra cash and coin on 
hand, well hidden of course. And always purchasing a little more of the basics that you need 
so you have something extra for barter, if need be. In times of duress, such as war times, the 
best barter items tend to be those that feed the vices: alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, sugar, salt, 
all of which have a great shelf life. 



Sweetest "young 'uns," age only 
4 months. These two adorable 
brothers are described by their 
foster mom as just "the sweetest 
kittens!" They are playful 
and loving, just as kittens are 
supposed to be when raised 
with love. Adopt these boys 
and put the fun back into your 
life! Find applica-tion on our website at www.lifelineforpets.
org at the Very Young Cats page. 

Pet of the Week

 Three-year-old Chicken was surrendered to the shelter dueto anxiety after the other cat in the household passed away.
Understandably, Chicken has been under some stress due tolosing her cat friend and her family, so she needs a patientadopter who will let her go at her own pace. It would behelpful to provide her with a sanctuary space, such as a quietroom, while she gets used to her new environment. Chickenhas been through a lot, and just wants the love and stabilityof a forever home!

 The adoption fee for cats is $100. All cat adoptions includespay or neuter, microchip, and age-appropriate vaccines.

 New adopters will receive a complimentary health-andwellness 
exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a 
goody bag filled with information about how to care for your 

 View photos of adoptable pets and schedule an adoptionappointment at Adoptions are byappointment only, and new adoption appointments are 
available every Sunday and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.

 Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be heldfor potential adopters by phone calls or email. 


 Sierra Madre Playhouse is beginning our return 
to live performances with a series of one-person shows 
that we’re calling the Sierra Madre Playhouse Solo Shows 

Covid-19 safety protocols in effect on performance dates will be observed. As 
of this writing, that means audiences will be masked and asked to show proof of vaccination, 
by vax card or digital record. Here’s what we have lined up for you:

 February 25-27, 2022: Billie: Backstage with Lady Day. Synthia L. Hardy stars 
as jazz and blues legend Billie Holiday. Billie talks about her life and times to reporters 
back-stage, before giving a concert where you’ll hear the hits that made her famous. 
Written by Synthia L. Hardy. Directed by Bryan Rasmussen. Synthia is backed by a 
four-piece live jazz ensemble.

 March 4-6: Frank Ferrante’s GROUCHO. Frank Ferrante returns to Sierra 
Madre Playhouse to perform his internationally renowned show as legendary comedian 
Groucho Marx, with stories, jokes, and famous novelty songs (Hooray for Captain 
Spalding!, Lydia the Tattooed Lady).

 April 2- 3: EINSTEIN! Writer-performer Jack Fry portrays young Albert Einstein, 
whose world is in turmoil as he fights to establish his Theory of General Relativity, 
which would affect profoundly the technology of the 20th and 21st Centuries. An 
inspiring and true story.

 April 9-10: INDEPENDENCE: The True Story of Dr. Mary Walker. Combat 
veteran. Battlefield physician. Abolitionist. Suffragist. Feminist. American hero. Kathie 
Barnes stars as Dr. Mary Walker in the real, inspiring story of the first and only woman 
to win the Con-gressional Medal of Honor. Written and directed by Lloyd J. Schwartz.

 April 23-24: An Evening with John Wilkes Booth. America has a fascination 
with true-crime stories, and this is the most infamous true-crime story of all. The question 
re-mains: Why?
Stephen Spiegel stars as the notorious assassin. Written by Lloyd J. Schwartz and Clinton 
Case. Directed by Lloyd J. Schwartz.

 There you have it: A series of five shows starring five remarkable performers 
por-traying five real-life individuals whose lives made a difference in the world in 
which they lived.

 Sierra Madre Playhouse Solo Shows Festival is produced by the Playhouse’s Interim 
Artistic Director Gary Lamb.

Tickets will be available either for individual shows or via a flex-pass subscription. 
Go to or call (626) 355-4318. The flex-pass subscription 
will offer you a break on ticket prices. 

Sierra Madre Playhouse is located at 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. in Sierra Madre, 
CA 91024. This is just east of Pasadena. There is free parking available in a municipal 
lot be-hind the Playhouse, and in a lot across the street, as well as street parking. There 
are sev-eral dining establishments just steps from the Playhouse.

 The Sierra Madre Playhouse Solo Shows Festival: Your tickets to five nights of 
theatrical enchantment, LIVE on stage. Join us.