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Continued: Why I will be out of juice the next time the power goes out

  • Article by: JAMES LILEKS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 20, 2013 - 9:59 PM

Does this take money away from local retailers? I suppose, but I never buy them in the store anymore. They’re cheaper online. No, I’m not buying cheap Chinese knockoffs with names like Durecall, or Evareddy. The real things. (You know, Roy-o-Vacs.) They cost more at the store because people who buy them at retail outlets are in need of fresh ones now, and pay the price. People who buy them online and wait for delivery are thinking ahead.

Well, the laptop’s down to 12 percent, so I’d better wrap it up. Just wanted to note that if the power goes out in two years and my flashlights are dead, it’s the Legislature’s fault, because I stopped ordering to backstop emergencies.

However, tomorrow I will have two fresh bruises on my shin from walking into a flowerpot I forgot about by the back steps. That is not entirely the Legislature’s fault, even though they tabled the Shin Protection Act, which would have required luminescent paint around the rim of any pot likely to cause injury if impacted in the dark.

We’ll call that one even.

jlileks@startribune.com • 612-673-7858

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