Just for the record, high fashion in Charlotte, Michigan involves platinum blondes walking around in cowboy boots, 42 inches of tanned legs, blue jean shorts short enough to pass for lingerie and fit like yoga pants. The tops varied greatly but the most common were very well washed, limp, dark tee shirts that draped like a second skin.
One the way home we stopped at McDonalds because the young guys did not want to eat fair food! They went in. I waited in the car.
I heard a guy hollering, "Hey, lady. Can you help me up this hill?" I popped up the recliner up and looked around. There was a guy in a motorized wheelchair stalled out on the "handicapper accessible" ramp. It is not much of a "hill".
I hopped out of the Cavalier and pushed him up the ramp. He had also been at the fair and his battery was not up to the task of motoring across the metropolis of Charlotte twice and scooting around the fair all day.
His plan was to buy something from the dollar menu and plug in long enough to put enough juice into the battery to make it back home.
|Horse trough from Roman times|
Cities have a long tradition of providing water to horses. Horses cannot water themselves. Horses were fundamental to the economy of towns and everybody benefited. Cities were able to access resources from a larger radius of surrounding countryside. Farmers, foresters and miners were able to command higher prices for their goods.
|Eaton Rapids, Michigan: Low basin on left for dogs and horses. High basin on right for humans. Low basin planted with flowers but could be reactivated.|
|I have filled my water bottle at this fountain more than once. Fountain runs continuously from April until October.|
I see no difference between having discretely placed power outlets in a few, select downtown locations just like towns used to have horse troughs in the public square.
Now I just have to figure out who to pitch the idea to. Personally, I am leaning toward doing a sell-job on the downtown Charlotte CVS pharmacy. They are locked in head-to-head competition with Walmart and need to exploit every competitive advantage. Electricity runs about 12 cents a KW-h...basically dirt cheap. Surely a quarter's worth of electricity in a time of dire need is worth a bushel of good will.