There are a lot of modern conveniences we city dwellers sort of take for granted with little or no thought. But, sometimes, they get interrupted. Last year, much of California was subject to electrical blackouts to prevent fires. My impression was that they were given little notice before it happened. That HAD to be inconvenient.
I recently had 4 days without running city water. That was exceedingly difficult because I was only expecting to be without water for a few hours, not four days, so I didn’t have enough put aside ahead of time. I have a lake about 100 yards from the house, so in a case of true desperation, I could’ve gotten a bucket’s worth and boiled it on the stove top before use. I actually filled two gallon jugs from my neighbor’s outdoor faucet, and then rationed myself carefully, but, it gave me a new appreciation for running water.
Many of these “services” are provided by our cities and other government agents acting for our mutual benefit. Trash pickup, snow plowing of roads, mail delivery, electricity and/or gas lines, sewage lines in cities/towns, there have to be dozens of these things we city dwellers never give a thought to–until we suddenly don’t have them.
What basic “convenience” would you miss most, if it suddenly went away? My personal answer would be a toss-up between electricity and running water–if you have either, you can eventually get the other.