The other day at a garage sale, I bought a second copy of the Yes CD Big Generator. Love that CD. (I'm a big Yes fan -- but only the albums with Trevor Rabin. Sorry, I came in on his watch and that's all there is to it.) I stuck it in the CD player and immediately thought of our foolish purchase last year. Yes, we bit the bullet and bought a Big Generator.
"Ha! What do you want to waste your money on that for?" more than one person asked me. After all, how often do we have power failures? Well, not three months after the generator went in, the power went out for a couple of hours. What's a couple of hours? Well, when it's COLD and DARK in December, it's a while. We sat there at happy hour, listening to music and reading the newspaper by 150 watts of light, while the furnace happily chugged away. Meanwhile, our neighbors were in the dark.
Last night we had a nasty thunderstorm. Guess what? It took out the power for three hours. Admittedly, you don't need all that much power during the night. But my clock has a battery in it. It's not flashing this morning because 10 seconds after the power went out, Mr. Big Generac came on.
Already this summer too many of my friends have been inconvenienced for days, nearly a week, when a storm (and the power lines) took out their electricity. We suffered a number of times with that ourselves, and we said, "never again." The crazy way weather is changing makes me glad we sacrificed so we could buy that generator.
Thank you for being my friend, Mr. Big Generac.