Glad We Have A Generator
If you've been a reader for a while, you know that we lose power around here if someone sneezes in the direction of a power line.
We had a heck of storm come through again last night. My dad lives about 10 miles away and they lost their power about 8:30. We still had power as the storm faded away before we went to bed. About 2 a.m., I awakened when my CPAP machine shut off. I had to get up at 5 a.m., and we were hoping it would come back on before then.
I went to try and sleep in the living room since I snore so loud. Needless to say, by the time the alarm went off at 5, I hadn't gotten much sleep and the power was still off. I slipped on my Petzl headlamp (that I reviewed a couple months ago) and went out to fire up the generator. Outside, I heard work going on down the road, so I walked on down to the church where the linemen were cutting up a large tree that had fallen across the road, taking out the power lines. When asked, he told me that I ought to go ahead and fire it up because it would be a while.
I hooked up and started the generator, then topped off the gas tank. I tell you, if you have ever messed with a generator while trying to hold a flashlight or having your spouse standing in the rain/snow with you holding it, you need to get a headlamp. It was the first time I tried it, and I'll never hold a flashlight in a storm again! It made it so much easier having a bright light with both hands free.
Anyway, I got the genny started and powered up the refrigerator, freezer, water heater, well pump, and a couple of lights and outlets. I quick email to the boss, and I was back in bed to get a two hour power nap with my CPAP. I wouldn't have made it other wise.
After waking, I topped off the tank again, showered, and went on to work. My wife works late on Tuesdays, so she got a little sewing done (do you think I can get her to go to an old foot powered machine?) before getting ready for work. Before she left, she powered down and shut off the generator. I left work a little early and got home ready to fire back up, but the power was on and the we were back in business.
Countdown to Pathfinder
Today I stopped at a surplus store for my last items for school later this week. I got two pair of BDU trousers, made by Propper, which by all accounts are the best standard BDUs you can get, all to military spec. I got one in tri-color desert and one in black. They were the only two in my size.
I also got a half dozen MREs, apparently marked as DOD. When I was in, I actually loved MREs. I haven't had any since the early 90's vintage, and the ones I got are of newer stock. I'll take notes on them and do a review of the various menus.