Fred, it's not so much the, not knowing what's involved but what is seen or not seen. They we're just talking about this on the radio this morning. The utility makes announcements like JCP&L did this morning; Which incidentally we're now back to 10 days, which the public latches onto. When the utility doesn't make good regardless of what involved they are going to hear it. The same applies to the tree that is laying on your property that took the lines down. The homeowners hear, "it's being worked on" but yet, no one has even so much driven past their down tree.
Hurricane Irene was a disaster.The following freak snow storm. As much as, dare I say it, JCP&L *censored* up with Irene they we're quite literally Johnny on the spot in my lake the day the after the snow storm passed. Even though it took them 3 days to fix it there we're guys in the lake daily at all hours.
Now we're at Sandy and there are a ton of roads closed and downed trees and wires, JCP&L hasn't even sent anyone to survey the damage. Yet, they are making projections daily. At this point I've got a pretty good system down and it's not bothering me too much.
I run the generator for a few hours in the morning, then shut it off during the day, run it again in the late afternoon until about 8-9 then it's off for the night. As long ad I'm still able to buy gas I don't care, I just find it funny that JCP&L keeps going, 7, 9, 10, 200, 14, 4000, 2, 1, 14, 7. It's ridiculous. But I'm also biased as I hate First Energy and by default JCP&L.