Hurricane Isabel was a mean ol' woman, but after ten-plus days, I have power again... big thanks to all the linemen who came from all over to help us out, working 12-16 hours a day in always lousy and usually dangerous conditions!!
We've been living on candles & charcoal for the whole time, plus making coffee out of the kit I take with me on bike trips. It's not so bad when you're ready for it, and some people had it a lot worse than I did, but it's damn NICE to turn on a couple lights and crank the stereo again... woo-HOOO!!