This is an amazing stage of history to exist in. I can’t even imagine living in an earlier generation, where you couldn’t pull up your phone to ask a random medical question, track down your friends in real time with GPS, or check your weather conditions at your beach house from hundreds of miles away. All of these advancements absolutely make life easier, and a lot more informative, but there are some major downsides with how technologically linked our lives are these days. It turns out that when one technology is highly reliant on another, it honestly can bring the whole plan down, and this is exactly what happened last year when a big storm blew through and disrupted our thermostat programming at home. You see, we recently had a smart thermostat installed with our HVAC program, and we weren’t entirely used to how it operated yet. It was working fine, supplying us with fresh, cool air inside, despite the heavy, sizzling, humid air outside. As the storm blew through, we suffered a power outage and abruptly the A/C stopped. As the power flickered back on, we realized that the current smart thermostat had gone offline; it was no longer connected to the house WIFI or the A/C unit. We decided that the only way to reconnect the temperature control panel with the air handling component was to use the app. However, when my husband attempted to access the smart thermostat application, we realized that it wasn’t really working either. The storm had knocked down a cable line, leaving us without working WIFI. My family couldn’t access the app, locate a WIFI signal, or connect our thermostat to the a/c plan manually. In the end, we were stranded without any indoor temperature control for more than two days. Isn’t technology great?