Friday, January 4, 2008

Lonely Walk

For some reason I didn't see a lot of people out and about on my walk today. Due to the heavy rain I'll admit I did make my walk today much shorter then normal. Since it had been raining hard for quite a while many of the gutters ( especially at the bottom of hills) were full to over flowing. In some cases there was quite a lot of water being thrown into the air when the water rushing down a gutter ran into the tire of a parked car.

I was thinking that in places where they have lots of hills and get a lot of rain they should think about incorporating small hydro electric generators into the storm drain system. When the gutters are running full like on days like today you could probably generate a lot of electricity and all of it co2 free. Of course you would only be generating electricity when it is raining ( or a few days after a good rain since I know the gutter in front of my house will often have a fair amount of water running in it for 2 to 3 days after a storm. Who knows maybe places that get a lot of rain will adopt something like this as we seek out more ways to generate power without generating more co2.

Last night we lost power for a couple of hours. Luckily we didn't lose power today ( yet). I broke out the old Colman camp stove so I was able to get dinner fixed on time. Man that stove gets things hot quickly. Glad I didn't burn anything but in one case I came pretty close to creating some prime charcoal.

I baled on walking to the store today but then again we have enough food in the house so I didn't have to go to the store. Looks like there wil be some breaks in the rain so hopefully I'll be able t get to the store and home without getting soaked. I don;t mind if I get wet going to the store but I don;t want to bring a bunch of soggy food into the house.