I study economics, my passion, as I want to go places in the years to come in some capacity in this subject area. I love turning the pages covering John Maynard Keynes and Milton Friedman. I know the history of the Great Depression, the oil embargo, and Federal Reserve Board and each and every chairman and his policies. I relish historical economics as much as I do modern theory. What is going to carry us successfully into the future, who knows? There have been times of great crisis if I doubted we would survive a depression such as in 2008. I watched the country almost crumble. But basic principles prevailed miraculously in the long run and no doubt will keep us safe and secure in the future now that we have learned a great lesson.
So, I ponder the problems, domestic and international, and I ready myself for a career in the field. I hope to be no less than a presidential advisor someday. I am putting in my time now in preparation. It is particularly exasperating when the power goes out when I am in the middle of a fascinating chapter about Alan Greenspan. I have to resort to reading by flashlight which is not my preference. The AAA flashlight of have by my desk is small, but surprisingly effective. It is better, however, than an Itty Bitty Book Lite. The small flashlight, given to me as a gift since I only have an unwieldly large one, reminds me of when I read undercovers after the lights went out as a child. I was never ready to enter slumberland. I had to read at least a chapter of a story. This became a strong habit over the years, one which I never abandoned. I always felt a bit sneaky about fooling my parents, but that feeling of curse has gone. Now I use the flashlight in emergencies, and power outages are not infrequent. I am ready with the small tool at close hand all the time.
A larger flashlight feels too heavy and I can’t hold the book easily while I manipulate my source of light. I am always mindful to keep extra batteries around in case it is going to be a late-night study session. A power outage can destroy concentration and ruin your schedule. I usually plan to read to many pages at a time. Now that I am prepared to handle any sudden outage, I can stay focused and make my goal by the morning light. When I study with a friend and there is a break in the power, my flashlight is unfortunately at home. Thankfully, this does not happen very often. It is usually part of my personal environment. But, my friends, you can see from this blog that things are nicely under control. Get yourself a small AAA flashlight and see for yourself that during a power outage, you can take back control.