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  •  We bought a generator last year (18+ / 0-)

    ....after the October blizzard of 2011 lost us power for 10 days.  It was the 6th power outage in our neighborhood that year, and we saw the writing on the wall.

    A friend of mine who lives on Cape Cod (definitely middle/working class, by the way) said, "You mean you don't have a generator?  There's only one power line that runs to the outer Cape.  We have to have them here."

    Two of our neighbors in the same boat all got together, priced generators, and approached a company with the goal of getting a 'bulk' deal - they could install three whole home generators in one day if they gave us a sweet enough deal.  Thus we were able to purchase and install one for $7500.

    It was a Godsend during Sandy...our neighborhood was the last in town to get power restored 12 days later.

    We live on the edge of some woods.  In our town, which was hit hard during Sandy, all the power lines are above ground and entangled with trees.  It's a bad plan...moving the powerlines underground would be a huge improvement.  

    Back during the Bush years, I worked with a man who did security consulting for Capitol Hill.  He introduced me to some people who were at the forefront of the infrastructure issue, which was being looked at critically for the first time after 911.  Basically, it was a mess, and it would take very little for a terrorist organization to shut down portions of it and disable huge swaths of the US.  This was around 2002.

    Apparently it hasn't improved much since then.

    "The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion." - Bodhidharma

    by hopesprings on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 05:44:18 AM PST

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