today is my birthday
September 27, 2008 6:56am CST
Today is my birthday. I was born in 1959, i.e about fifty years ago. From my childhood until I got married (when I was 25), my village got no electricity. There are no TV, just radio using batteries. I read using candles. The people in my village just got electricity about 15 years ago. My village is near to hydro electrical generator set, yet no electricity. The electricity power was sell to neighborhood country which pay more expensive tariff. Last night my family and I went for dineer to celeberate my birthday. Do any of you had experience live without electricity, telephone, TV for half of the life?. I am experience 30 years of that.
• United States
27 Sep 08
First of all, Happy birthday, and wishing you many many more. I guess after thirty years without electricity, you must have adjusted somewhat, and am able to maintain your life style without it. I have only experienced it once in a while, if there is a power surge caused by a storm or over usage of the power when it is too hot. Since, I have had electric all of my life, the few times I experience not having it is rather uncomfortable. I would imagine, you store your food with ice, and probably have a lot of candles and flashlights. Hopefully, your village will soon have electric. Best of luck to you.
27 Sep 08
Thank you for the happy birthday wish. Since there are no electricity then no refrigerator and no ice! (very hard to bell about 20 miles away). So we don't keep any food such as fish or meat. We buy fish everyday. If we have more fish we make it salty fish and no ice required. As for meat, we have our own cow and buffalo. However it's not very often people in my village slaughter animal for the meat. May be two or three times a year only. Rest of the day we eat vegetable which can be found around our house. The chicken also supply eggs for us. There are no candles also in our house since we make it our own oil lamp. In a house may be only four or five oil lamp and we keep fill it with oil. It's only for about three to four hours. After that we sleep in darkness until next morning. Luckily there are no snow in our country. Otherwise I can't write anything here... By the way, now I live in city with complete infrastructure. Once a while I going back to my village to visit my mother, brothers and sister. I bring along my son to the nature to make them understand and appreciate the difficulty and the struggle of their father in the past.