Lost electricity around 11:00 pm Tuesday while I was in the process of chainsawing a downed tree in the curve and helping get the boy out of the ditch who slid off the road on account of the tree. I go back to the house lookin forward to snuggling down on the couch and finish watching ‘The Dark Knight’ ; what a disappointment. It’s Saturday now, still no power, prognosis not good for any restoration soon (7 – 16 days they say) due to the power lines down in some rough terrain. We went 7 days without power in 94’ due to ice, but I had a lot more p*ss in me back then. Anyway, I have a generator this time and we’re able to energize a couple of 120v circuits at a time, mostly for the freezers and refrigerator, then switch over and watch DVDs and videos in the evening; satellite TV is out, phone is out, but oddly the DSL is up and running so that’s good; have to bail water from the cistern (230v pump), heat water on the stove (propane), the floor furnace operates on a power pile from a standing pilot flame and requires no external electricity source, so we’re good for heat, besides I have a wood burner in the basement. We would have been stranded were it not for the four wheel drive truck, but those are nearly a necessity to live here. The neighbors (who now have power) spent Wednesday night with us because they had no heat. He and I spent Wednesday helping several other neighbors set up temporary heat, getting limbs off roadways, and pumped a basement out just before the water got into the furnace. We’re now taking showers at their house, they fed us supper last night. I guess hard times will either bring out the best or the worst in people. I think I’m blessed with good neighbors. I know I try to be a good neighbor, sometimes I have to bite my tongue though……..