A tornado touched down yesterday morning only a mile or two from Castle Borepatch. Fortunately nobody was killed but there was (as you'd imagine) quite a bit of mayhem. Falling trees took down power lines and suddenly the Castle was without electricity. That was a little after 0730 yesterday. The power was still out late in the afternoon and I began to think about the food in the refrigerators and the chest freezer. That was an investment I didn't want to replace.
And so I headed off to Orange Big Box Hardware Store and lo to my wondering eyes there was a palate (!) of 6500 W generators. I gritted my teeth at the price and wrestled one to the car, driving home in the dark. By the light of the headlights I put the wheels on, filled the crankcase with oil, poured 5 gallons of gas into the tank, and pulled the starter rope. It barked to life, and the lights on the chest freezer shone once more.
Guess how long it took after that until the power to the neighborhood was restored? No fair peeking at the post title.
Oh, well. It's probably not a bad thing to have a generator around. This is the second tornado we've had in these parts in six months. Still, I would have liked to enjoy for a little longer the neighbor's envy of the lights on in the Castle.