GADGET UPDATE: The Guardian 7-13 kW Air-Cooled Standby Generator . . . Are you a lawyer who can't get any work done because the power's out? Then perhaps you need this--
It's the Guardian 7-13 kW Air-Cooled Standby Generator. Set it up behind your house, cover it with some bushes, and wait for the storm that will knock out power to more homes than in your power company's 100-year history.
As soon as the trees start going down, your emergency generator will kick in, supplying power via natural gas for more than 3,000 hours. It's the gadget everyone is thinking about here in St. Louis, as we approach 48 hours without power.
At less than $2,000, it might turn out to be cheaper than staying in a hotel . . . but let's hope not!