| This is an incredibly
useful book. And it will pay for itself whether you have an emergency
or not. But, let's look at the emergency part, first. |
have been using tax dollars for "re-elect me" programs rather
than infrastructure. And they will continue to do so, due to the political
climate. The New Zealand blackout some years ago didn't teach anyone
any lessons. The USA underwent an enormous blackout in 2003. The underlying
problems aren't even in the beginning stages of being addressed as of
Water mains throughout the United States (and many
other countries) are very old, due to the same forces that caused
inattention to the causes of the blackouts. These mains are leaking.
Municipalities are reporting record numbers of repairs, each year.
As if all this weren't bad enough, the solar cycle
is off. Consequently, we are having very unusual weather on earth. 2003
was supposed to be a "down year" in the 11-year solar cycle.
But in July, the sun hit us with energy from a solar flare that was
50 earth diameters! We saw record temperatures immediately following
that. And it happened again in August. Coronal holes have also been
unusually active. This means more storms and more droughts. Throughout
the midwest, drought conditions have reached so far down into the soil
that watermains are being moved or crushed as the earth contracts around
If you don't think you need to be prepared for a
loss of power or water, you are in serious trouble.
This book provides you with information to prepare
you for one of your most critical needs--how to clean your socks, towels,
underwear, bedding, and other washable items when you are without power
or central water. Many people now in their retirement years remember
the pre-washing machine days. Not so fondly, but they remember. People
who grew up with washing machines might wrongly assume those devices
will always be available. They won't. And with this book, you can be
What about the non-emergency aspect to this book?
Here's something to consider. Did you take a class on how to do laundry?
If so, you are one rare individual! How do you really know how much
detergent to use? Most of us use way too much. Do you know the difference
between soap and detergent and which to use?
Do you know why you must wash some things in warm
water? Do you know the chemical reasons for this? Do you know why you
must wash some things in cold water? Did you know that getting this
wrong can mean permanent stains?
You'll learn all this and more from this book. You'll
also learn the how and why of sorting by color and separating loads
by fabric. None of this information is rocket science--you just have
to know it. All of it applies to machine-washing as well as hand-washing.
So, it's useful right now--emergency or not.
And, of course, the book holds true to its emergency-preparedness
theme by providing you with information on the various kinds of manually-powered
laundry equipment, where to get it, and how to use it.
Don't order one copy. Get several and give them
as gifts. The people you care about will be glad you did.
Ms. Jordan, we should all thank you for this wonderful
little book. Well done!