We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I agree with you, Big D. I'm surprised they even noticed. When we out here in what's often referred to as "the real world" hear of those brave homesteading New Englanders facing the onslaught of winter's wrath, our hearts go out to them in thankfulness and gratitude that we now feel so much smarter in comparison. Wait, that didn't come out right. Anyway, we'll hope the power gets back on soon. No one should have to go without the Internet. It's an inalienable right for all personkind. Just ask the U.N.
Since I slept through my first power outage I've kept a flashlight on the bedside table. The fun bit was showing up at quarters in the AM and everybody looking worn and torn. They sensed the power was out and went to work to fix it. Me, asleep. Failed to note the fans stopped and the lights were out. Until we had our daughter, the sound of no noise made no sound at all. After her.....No sound was just like being back in the navy. Trouble was brewing somewhere.
SURE FIRE for me! Got a medium sized surefire next to the bed! Hubby complained about the price at first. Since then he has noticed that it is there when needed! The dang lights up everytime. When you order it be sure to order a box of the surefire batteries! Love this little gem!
About twelve years ago, I got fed up with being on the end of the electric line - meaning that every time a squirrel meets it's demise running across a transformer, or a branch falls on the lines - anything, we lose power and it takes at least two/three hours to get it restored. A regular occurance here - at least 15 times a year and I put up with it for almost 20 years.
So I bought twelve 8D single cells, wired series/parallel, hooked a house sized inverter to them and built a relay system to power the house with the inverter for the ten/fifteen seconds it takes for a 15Kw generator I bought at an equipment auction to fire off and stabilize.
We haven't lost power since I installed the system. :>)
I'm at the end of the line too, out in the sticks --same problem. been meaning to get a generator --as is i just hop in the pickup if the silence gets too deafening, and listen to da radjo, and read a book off that fourteen foot high 27 ton pile of titles i MUST read.