THINGS TO DO WHILE SNOWBOUND WITH NO HEAT OR ELECTRIC POWER.

WRITE A BIOGRAPHY of William Henry Harrison entirely from memory. Then use the old encyclopedia in the basement to see how close you came. Give yourself two points for every date you got right.

If you have a gas stove that you can light with a match, make a dinner using everything in the pantry that will fit in one pot. Call it a “gumbo.” If challenged, explain that mangoes are traditional in the gumbo recipes of St. Pierre and Miquelon.

Make your own Internet out of tin cans and string.

Call the electric company and report an outage, but give a fictitious address. This provides the beleaguered telephone representatives with precious amusement to relieve the stress of the emergency.

Paint pictures on the television screen, then erase them and repaint them. If you do this thirty times a second, you will create the illusion that you are watching television.

Shiver. Award prizes for the best or most creative shivering.

Shake your fist at heaven. Use any resulting fire or brimstone to heat your house.