- When I picked out my new toilet I chose a low-flow model specifically for times like this. If you've never been on a well, when the power is off the pump doesn't work and there's no manual backup. So when you're filling the toilet tank from buckets of water (hoarded in the basement specifically for this purpose) the difference between a 5 gpf toilet and a 1.6 gpf toilet adds up REALLY FAST for a family of 4.
- Some people obsess over cars. Some people overclock their PCs, although lately that seems passé and you're supposed to fetishize your cell phone. Some people love guns, and spend their evening slowly polishing and stroking the barrel. I have an unnatural, perverse love for my woodstove. Half-day power outages are part of the reason. I don't exactly enjoy getting up at 3AM and loading in more wood, but it's better then waking up freezing at 6AM.
- The house is amazingly quiet with no power. It's amazing how many humming and buzzing things there are, I'd completely tuned them out.
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