@kateg, @EmeraldEyes, Did I ever tell you about the girl that once worked at the highway department with us? She was a single mom with two children. In October of '98 we had a freak snow storm that dumped 3 feet/1 meter of heavy wet snow on us. It came down hard and fast! The trees still had their leaves on them. With an hour, tree limbs were snapping off and whole trees were just breaking. They took down power lines, phones, cable TV, etc. as well as completely blocking every road in our town. The town supervisor declared the town to be in a state of emergency. Our entire town was without power for over a week and some areas in town it took over 3 weeks to get it restored. It took me and my shotgun 3 days to reach my usual snow plow run which was only 6 miles/9,6 km from the highway garage. I used my 4-way plow to push trees out of and to the side of the road My shotgun would lean out of the window or stand on the truck and cut any wires and cables with cable cutters (that way we didn’t rip the wires from the corners of the houses, damaging them). Several days later a fellow co-worker and I stopped at the girl’s house to see if she needed anything for her children. We were going to head into the next town to a grocery store. While we sat there talking, my co-worker asked her how she was going to see in the morning to get her kids off to school, seeing how without power there are no lights. Without hesitation she answered, “I’ll just use the light on the vacuum cleaner.” My co-worker and I looked at each other and burst out laughing. She was bewildered! She had no clue as to why we were laughing. Finally my co-worker told her, “Deb, isn’t there a power cord on the vacuum?” She replied there was - rather indignantly. Then she pointed out to her that without power, the light on the vacuum won’t light. She sat there for almost 10 seconds before she realized her dumb answer. Yes, there are people like this in the world!