I live in a rural area of Northern New England and we suffer regular power outages due to wind, ice, snowstorms--you name it. We now have a diesel generator which kicks on automatically whenever there is a power outage. And yet . . . I find that I miss the power outages. Preparation for us used to be lighting the candles and cooking by camp stove. Now, the lights blink off, the generator starts up and we don't even have to worry about stuff in the fridge. It's certainly more convenient, but it's not very fun.