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(The New York Times)   After the freak October snowstorm, the must-have item for the wealthy of Greenwich is a 100-kilowatt silent generator with sufficient power for the shrubbery lighting, wine grotto and heated driveway   (nytimes.com) divider line 148
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2011-11-10 12:22:00 PM  
many went without as an excess amounts of repair vehicles from other states were sent to service the $$$ of CT. fark you all, you well-to-do scumbags.
 
2011-11-10 12:22:12 PM  
CSB time

i was leaving Manhattan as the snow hit. When we entered Penn Station it was drizzling. By the time the train went above ground it was OMGBLIZZARD.
 
2011-11-10 12:22:19 PM  
Let's get this out of the way then:

swtor.gamingfeeds.com
 
2011-11-10 12:22:31 PM  
Flee to the summer house in cape cod!

The end of the fois gras is near!
 
2011-11-10 12:23:18 PM  
Something something 1%
 
2011-11-10 12:23:28 PM  
Wine Grotto aside, it is smart to have even a basic generator if you live in a place where Mother Nature likes to give ya an UFIA every once in a while.
 
2011-11-10 12:24:32 PM  
If you could afford it you would have one too.

Subby sounds jealous.
 
2011-11-10 12:25:15 PM  

KrispyKritter: many went without as an excess amounts of repair vehicles from other states were sent to service the $$$ of CT. fark you all, you well-to-do scumbags.


Hey. If you want better service you can get rich too. This is America.

/not rich
 
2011-11-10 12:27:17 PM  
Well, that's rich.
 
2011-11-10 12:27:22 PM  
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Nnnyyess - tis hard to kick a servant's backside without the benefit of electric lighting for aiming purposes.
 
2011-11-10 12:27:30 PM  

Ben Enya: Wine Grotto aside, it is smart to have even a basic generator if you live in a place where Mother Nature likes to give ya an UFIA every once in a while.


This. There's nothing stupid about having a whole-house generator, and it's not a 1% thing. Where I grew up, it seemed like every rural home had one because they knew shiat happens and they weren't on the power company's priority repair list. At a bare minimum, if you live in a place where it gets cold, you need to make sure you can keep the heat on so your family doesn't die.
 
2011-11-10 12:28:17 PM  
I live in rural CT. Without power we have no water to flush toilets or take showers. We also had no heat with temperature outside in the 20's.

A generator transfer switch has been the best investment I have made in years. I can live without cable, internet, etc. but I draw the line at flush toilets and hot showers.

/10 Kilowatt is enough for us
 
2011-11-10 12:28:57 PM  
I make generator monitoring equipment and I'm getting a big boost in sales from the east coast.

When someone spends $35k on a generator and it doesn't start in an outage, boy do they get pissed.
 
2011-11-10 12:29:05 PM  
Have a 13kw Generac, runs off natural gas, with a standing invitation to my neighbors to come on by.
 
2011-11-10 12:29:52 PM  
"OMG - it's bad all over! My neighbors had to move into their carriage house for six months while their house was being renovated"*

*My Greenwich, 1%er friend, commiserating with me on the state of the economy several years ago.

/she married well
//and divorced even better
 
2011-11-10 12:30:45 PM  
Kind of dirty pool to complain that the wealthy need to pay more because they rely on the rest of us, and then also complain when they do pay more, don't you think?

Or does subby believe the Keynesian effect of spending, job creation, etc, on emergency supplies should not count because it wasn't intermediated by some government agency?
 
2011-11-10 12:30:49 PM  
I had a few cold dark days to think about things and I'd like to have a generator to at least keep the furnace, fridge, and water heater running. I can live without lights or a stove, but those other things are kind of necessary.
 
2011-11-10 12:31:43 PM  
How the hell is this news?
 
2011-11-10 12:32:30 PM  
oldfarthenry:
Nnnyyess - tis hard to kick a servant's backside without the benefit of electric lighting for aiming purposes.

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Haven't seen him for awhile. Good show!
 
2011-11-10 12:33:05 PM  

KrispyKritter: many went without as an excess amounts of repair vehicles from other states were sent to service the $$$ of CT. fark you all, you well-to-do scumbags.


You sound poor.

SpectroBoy: I live in rural CT. Without power we have no water to flush toilets or take showers. We also had no heat with temperature outside in the 20's.

A generator transfer switch has been the best investment I have made in years. I can live without cable, internet, etc. but I draw the line at flush toilets and hot showers.

/10 Kilowatt is enough for us


This. I don't have a generator and have been kicking myself for the last two months. Now you can't buy a generator because their on backorder. I just want to be able to run the furnace and flush the goddamned toilets.

Oh, and cut down some goddamned trees, connecticut!
 
2011-11-10 12:36:29 PM  
My girls generator-hopped all over town all week, thrilled to have a different sleepover every night.

whores
 
2011-11-10 12:38:44 PM  
We live out on the Amish Frontier...we've had a generator for years. When the power goes out, we just fire that bad boy up, plug it into the side of the house, flip a few switches in the basement and we've got heat, water, satellite TV, operational sump pumps and lights.

/we're not posh enough for the nearly silent natural gas generator that kicks in automatically.
 
2011-11-10 12:40:06 PM  
I was without power for 1 week during April tornado season. I lost everything in the refrigerator/freezer except what we managed to get on the propane grill. Yes, I now have a small generator, and will be looking to upgrade if the opportunity presents itself. What if had been winter or another zombie apocalypse?
 
2011-11-10 12:40:24 PM  

Fat-D: How the hell is this news?


It's not, it's not journalism; it's an advertisement published by NYT.
 
2011-11-10 12:40:48 PM  

a 100-kilowatt silent generator


Somebody tell Doc Brown to go buy out the store.
 
Oak
2011-11-10 12:41:17 PM  
Terribly sorry to hear of all these people spending their money and patronizing businesses, thereby causing employment and increasing the prosperity of others. After all, they could simply cover themselves with layers of their currency, or perhaps burn it for warmth. That'd be a better idea.
 
2011-11-10 12:41:21 PM  
FTA: "School is canceled, so why not?" he said. "It's like a war zone here. The thing is, I am waiting for, and am in line for, a permanent generator installation. I've got one essentially on order, but they're all back-ordered since Irene. I am definitely feeling some generator envy."


SHUT UP. YOU HAVE A TINY PENIS.
 
2011-11-10 12:42:12 PM  
Even the occupy Wall Street crowd has generators. Well they did anyway, until the man came and took them away.
 
2011-11-10 12:43:01 PM  

SpectroBoy: If you could afford it you would have one too.


Hell, I can't afford it and I am thinking about getting one.
 
2011-11-10 12:43:35 PM  
I was thinking about getting a 10kw generac or similar but with my luck the next time the power goes out the gas will too, rendering my cunning plan obsolete.
 
2011-11-10 12:43:35 PM  

RedfordRenegade: Flee to the summer house in cape cod!

The end of the fois gras is near!


Retreat! To the Hamptons!!!

/tra-la-la-la-la
 
2011-11-10 12:43:57 PM  

poorjon: I had a few cold dark days to think about things and I'd like to have a generator to at least keep the furnace, fridge, and water heater running. I can live without lights or a stove, but those other things are kind of necessary.


When its 20 degrees and the furnace isnt running, why do you need the fridge running?
 
2011-11-10 12:44:04 PM  
All this will do is create more of the global warming that caused a snow storm to happen in CT in October.
 
2011-11-10 12:44:26 PM  
Um, lots of people in disaster-prone areas have generators. What a stupid farking article, a stupid person who submitted it, and a stupid mod who greenlighted it.
 
2011-11-10 12:44:53 PM  

freewill: There's nothing stupid about having a whole-house generator, and it's not a 1% thing. Where I grew up, it seemed like every rural home had one because they knew shiat happens and they weren't on the power company's priority repair list. At a bare minimum, if you live in a place where it gets cold, you need to make sure you can keep the heat on so your family doesn't die.


I think the point of the headline is that people are buying 100KW generators, in case they need to run 500 clothes dryers simultaneously.

Electricity costs $0.18/kWh in CT, on average. If your house requires 24/7 power at 100KW, your monthly electrical bill will be about $13,000.

It's just dick-waving. They're buying these for the same reason they're upgrading their yacht.
 
2011-11-10 12:44:59 PM  

freewill: Ben Enya: Wine Grotto aside, it is smart to have even a basic generator if you live in a place where Mother Nature likes to give ya an UFIA every once in a while.

This. There's nothing stupid about having a whole-house generator, and it's not a 1% thing. Where I grew up, it seemed like every rural home had one because they knew shiat happens and they weren't on the power company's priority repair list. At a bare minimum, if you live in a place where it gets cold, you need to make sure you can keep the heat on so your family doesn't die.


That seems odd, because where I grew up it seemed like only a few rural homes had them, and it was damn cold outside of Chicago. Heat was always available of course through the fireplace(s).
 
2011-11-10 12:45:37 PM  
I bought a 5 KW portable a few years back, have yet to use it in CA, here in CO, it's been three winters and nary more than a flicker in power over that time period.

Course, I have four different heaters in the 800 SF cabin, two of them independant of outside supplies: Wood and Propane [wall heater takes no AC to operate!], plus a pellet stove and electrical baseboards as backups.

The water is the only bother from my POV, and if I had to I could bucket water from our cistern to flush toilet. And we would have no hot water w/out AC power.

I ponder a backup generator, then remember that our power is 99.99%. I could go a day or two and not be too fussed.

But a week or more? I'd have a permanant genset with auto start and transfer installed as soon as possible.
 
2011-11-10 12:45:42 PM  
Long ago I lived in Rochester NY. In the middle of the city I had a HUGE wood stove for heating. Snow storm whacks the power lines, neighbors all have kids, All were invited to stay.


Neighbors 300 year old grandmother visiting from PR was unimpressed at the cooking attempts by anyone, she basically ransacked everyones kitchens to find flour, cooking oil , yeast (that was still viable) , salt, sugar and whatever she liked.


We ate very well although I have no real idea what is was. She found cornmeal and used all the perishables that were available.



She was in my house and of course followed MY rules! LOL She had me running around to take care of the wood supply.

Amazing lady! It was only for a few days but I still found small toys that the kids left there for weeks.

4 families, about 11 + kids 7 adults Nd the 4'8" grandmother that ruled the place.
 
2011-11-10 12:47:40 PM  

ritalinchild 54


4 families, about 11 + kids 7 adults Nd the 4'8" grandmother that ruled the place.


That's a pleasing story.


This comment is snark- and sarcasm- free.
 
2011-11-10 12:47:50 PM  
Note to self: must-sell overpriced item for the wealthy of Greenwich...
 
2011-11-10 12:49:37 PM  
Al Gore's Occidental oil shares nod in approval.
 
2011-11-10 12:52:11 PM  

Snowflake Tubbybottom: Al Gore's Occidental oil shares nod in approval.


Al Gore owns shares of an oil company!? How dare he!? How dare he try to get a return on an investment. This is the kind of thing that makes me want to PUKE!
 
2011-11-10 12:52:53 PM  
I live in a wine grotto.
 
2011-11-10 12:53:05 PM  
Good heavens, people, what's your problem? Has no one noticed that the name of the high-end generator manufacturer is "Cummins Onan"? Seriously, how is this not being mocked in middle-school fashion? Where are your priorities, people? Set aside your class envy-- there's pervy sex jokes to be made!
 
2011-11-10 12:53:22 PM  
Talk to me after spending 8 days in the dark and cold because CT light and Power are run by a bunch of idiots. I bought one
 
2011-11-10 12:56:16 PM  
California city dwellers like myself laugh in these folks' general direction.

/I think the power went out for four hours once about a year ago
 
2011-11-10 12:57:45 PM  
Meh, I have a generator, in case the batteries get low - but I prefer a silent power source.
a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net
/The snow melts first on the panels too.
 
2011-11-10 01:02:25 PM  
During the October storm in 2006 here in Buffalo we were without power for 24-48 hours, depending. I thought that was a long time. Glad I don't live in CT.
 
2011-11-10 01:03:30 PM  
Alot people think 10kw is enough but remember it takes a minimum of 10kw just to start a central AC unit.
15k is really the minimum.
 
2011-11-10 01:05:32 PM  
/forced to stay at the summer home

White people problems.
 
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