Well, I know this is being posted a bit late but, life and work get in the way of our plans.
Here is my update for today... On the way home from work on Friday, we encountered some really strong straight-line winds that damaged a lot of trees and power poles. As a matter of fact, the main power to our part of Columbus was interrupted when two poles decided to get lazy and lay down.
When we got home, neither of us had a key to the house. You might ask, "Why would someone as wise and highly intelligent as Peggy, not have a key to the house?" Yep, it was all her fault. Here is the rationale that prompted a change in our key carrying habits. We were smart... (In hindsight, maybe not) in that, we got a garage door opener that has the built-in battery backup so if the power goes off, the door will still open and thereby, free access to the house. The problem was that we did not do any risk analysis. The question should have been asked, what happens if the battery goes dead... With hindsight being 20-20, now we thank of it. So, we now have a contingency plan should the battery fail again by having a key as the backup.
During this tragedy, I was impressed with AEP's "Smart Power" project. I actually had an opportunity to work on that project but unfortunately fell through and a story for another time. As soon as the power when out, AEP email us letting us know. The problem was the information in the email was off a bit. Their original estimate was restoral completed by 9:30 pm the NEXT day. Well, it was back on and the garage door opened within hours of the power pole siesta event. We did actually call a locksmith but the power was back on before he was able to get there.
On Saturday, Peggy and I volunteered at the Columbus Arts Festival and worked at the Grange Acoustic Lounge. We spent a good four (okay, 3 1/2) hours doing hard manual labor. We did the same thing (I think) last year but did not work that hard then because we were not on "setup detail". I am not that "In to" the whole art scene but the acoustic lounge had some good music and I love acoustic music. So, it really wasn't that bad.