Things we miss during a power outage

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After a bizarre October snow storm in northeast Ohio left tens of thousands of homes powerless, many for more than 24 hours (mine being one of them), I began considering what we miss most when our electricity disappears.


Heat, light and refrigeration seem far too obvious.

For my two children, my wife and me, however, these were the least of our worries. Our fireplace took care of the heat, and our Smartphones have built-in flashlights. We had enough dried goods to replace the perishable items in our fridge.

What we didn’t have we soon learned were our two biggest necessities — Apple TV and the DVR. Without these two electronic items, we had no streaming video and no recorded shows.

Our most startling observation? A night without The Walking Dead and Grey’s Anatomy is truly hard to take.

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Mark Barnes is the author of many education books, including Bestseller Hacking Education, part of his Hack Learning Series, books that solve big problems with simple ideas. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and student-centered learning. Join more than 100,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.

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