Beth, Ive been arguing with mr. g'bag for far too many years about a freaking generator. We live on the corner of a one acre lot and it would be visible to the traffic, and the homeowners association has a negative views about the generator. One thing I will say, is that if we loose power tonight and it lasts longer than 12 hours, I will call the company and get that damned generator either buried or otherwise not an eyesore, set up STAT. I'm so freeking sick of losing power, toilets, running water and all the other comforts of 21st century life that I absolutely refuse to live another day.
I don't know how easily the rest of the world can simply buy a generator, hook it up and live happily ever after, but we can't do it in January 2016 in the State of Maryland. So now that I have explained all this, I think I will drag mr. g'bag out of bed and just start screaming "I told you to get the generator, dammit" and repeat it until his ears bleed. It won't solve the problem, but thanks for the inspiration.