I have always had a hate relationship with the dark. It started when I was a child and has continued throughout adulthood. To this day, I rarely close the blinds and even when I do, my window coverings still let in a lot of light.
It is for this reason that ten years ago I started collecting (hoarding?) flashlights and lanterns. It was not long after that when a fellow named Ron Brown reached out to me with an advertising inquiry and the rest, as they say, is history.
Remember the 2000 hour flashlight? Yep, it was Ron who shared that technique with us in one of his books. He then went on to publish a series of books on non-electric lighting, each one addressing different methods of producing light without the benefit of electricity.
This brings me to last summer when, on a camping trip, I decided to brush up on my non-electric lighting knowledge and pulled Ron’s books from the archives of my Kindle. Of all of them, it became apparent that one stood out in its simplicity, availability, and usefulness. That was Book 2: Olive Oil Lames &c.
Why this book and not one of the others? Cooking oil, including lard and shortening, is commonly available, inexpensive, and non-toxic to pets and children. Even if cooking oil is old, it can still be used to create light when coupled with strands of a dollar store string mop used as a wick.
So why is this relevant?
In an emergency situation when it appears that mother nature or human nature is out to get you, having light can be comforting. It also affords you an opportunity to cook, read, play cards, interact with others and basically keep your mind occupied during a SHTF situation.
Let me be clear: at some time, the power WILL go out for an extended period of hours, days, or even weeks. It is not a matter of IF but WHEN.
I recently reached out to Ron with some interview questions. He graciously responded and has also ponied up a print copy of his book to use as a giveaway. He also offered this nugget suggesting what could happen if we were faced with a global pandemic:
“Not to editorialize BUT when the Wuhan coronavirus spreads and the lights go out because the power-company workers are all quarantined along with the rest of us, this book will come in handy. That’s supposed to be a joke but somehow it doesn’t sound very funny at the moment.”
Enjoy the interview and be sure to enter the giveaway!