I never had migraine, but this headache felt really bad. Furthermore I was dizzy and everything was spinning.
Apparently “Wind also triggers headaches partly because of the things that may be in the wind as it blows through but also because the wind blows in your nose and your ears and irritates the membranes and triggers a headache that way.” – Non-Food Headache Triggers
Oh well, next time I wear earmuffs to the beach then…
Indeed it was quite a spectacle: the red overalls, the red hard hats, the chanting, the protesting, – or maybe not judging by the completely unperturbed expressions on the faces of the members of parliament.
We only got in late, the EFF was already leaving the house, but just in time for the funniest moments.
This was my favourite scene, fast forward to 2:50, just before the end, when one EFF member thinks he gets heckled but luckily realises quickly that it was one of his own colleagues:
Clearly the EFF caused a lot of confusion, even amongst themselves.
But respect to Julius Malema for once again playing the media well to give his own speech to the nation ahead of the official SONA:
I’m surprised there’s a word and a system for the scheduled outtake of power supply: Loadshedding.
Unless you live it you will never understand what it means to have such important supply as electricity cut off.
But, it’s not all bad.
How loadshedding can change you for the better
You become more organised.
Ah, you think you can take it easy and burn the midnight oil on that presentation? Not so fast: There’s probably loadshedding on and no electricitý to power your technical equipment. Knowing when loadshedding is going to happen is a new form of being organised. Of course, there’s an app for that. But if you don’t use mobile data, and instead connect your phone to wifi, that too will be switched off during loadshedding. You need to check ahead, early enough to not be caught out. So just to be on the safe side, revert back to the good old print out. Have your loadshedding schedule handy in an easy to access place. Make it a habit to regularly check for upcoming blackout periods.
You better get that report done before loadshedding begins. That’s a serious hard core deadline, because when the electricity switches off, that’s it. From trying to turn off the PC in time for when loadshedding kicks in, to trying to get your work done before your laptop’s battery runs out. Quite good incentives to stay focused and get your work done.
You get to be inventive.
Any makers and creators out there are finding their own interesting hacks around loadshedding. A lot can be achieved with LED lights and solar power. You get a feel how much electricity appliances actually consume and what it takes to make electricity. Necessity is the mother of invention.
You become cat-like.
Wow, loadshedding at night. While maybe a great incentive to get a good night’s sleep, it also trains you in total ninja skills: Walking around the house in darkness. Making out the slightest sources of light. Outside the moonlight is bright enough. Inside we navigate with heightened senses. Learning the walk to the bathroom by heart. Finding our way with closed eyes. At the same time you walk light, as to not accidentally run into anything and hurt yourself. Like a cat we are ready to fall on all fours. Like a ninja we keep soft in our knees to prevent any mishaps. Ready for anything.
You go back to basics.
Loadshedding brings back the good old ways: Making coffee on the gas stove instead of the fancy schmancy plastic polluting coffee machine. Cooking a dish from scratch instead of heating up a ready meal in the microwave. Playing a board game instead of a computer game. Reading a book instead of watching TV. Going for a jog instead of running on the treadmill.
You become more social.
With access to electronics denied, there’s time to do the things our modern lifestyle neglects: Spouses are talking to each other. Flatmates cook together. Neighbours chat on the side of the street. Friends meet up to do something while loadshedding is on. Loadshedding provides a break from FOMO and gives opportunities for JOMO.
The examples are endless. How has loadshedding affected you in a positive way?