I have done some research and a lot of thinking about power in Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Nova Friburgo. This weeks theme is one that sparked my interest and my love of research. Power is something we Americans don't think much about unless we, 1) have a major storm that knocks it our for many days or 2) we don't pay our bill and it is turned off.
In Nova Friburgo we have a more constant reminders of how electrical power affects everyday life. There is a blip in the electrical service if now daily then at least once a week. It is affected by the wind that often blows across the mountain tops felling trees and tree branches, rain storms, auto accidents on the winding road up to the house, and wire overloads that blow the transformers. Just last week after hearing the transformers blowing, popping like gun shots in the night, the power company was down at the end of our lane putting up new poles, hopefully expanding the service upstream from us.
....... this was just a teaser, the shoot out topic will be completed next week when I am back in Friburgo.