(Joliet, IL) Hi 73 Lo 59 -- We had a very rough night trying to sleep. With no electricity we had to leave our windows open. We're next to a truck yard and all night they'd back up the trucks and we could hear the beeping. It was also humid and the air was cool but damp, so it felt wet. Also, we couldn't run our "noise maker," the white noise machine we've gotten used to. We did do well all evening running the generator. Including running it a couple of hours this morning, we got 6 1/2 hours out of a partial tank, and it's still not empty. We don't have an inverter, so we ran the generator on a light load (laptops and TV only, no a/c). So we know we can go several days on two 30 lb. tanks if we have to.
This morning the electrician showed up just as we were getting up. Jim started the generator so we could make some coffee, then went out to talk him. He started to work on getting our power restored, then he called for back up. By the time everything was repaired there were four guys working on it. They found a bad underground wire that ran from the main panel, and also some grounding problems in the panel itself (which caused Jim to get a shock yesterday) just by touching the box not plugging in the power cord. They fished a new wire underground and fixed the grounding problem, and we now have power.
They had to hurry because a storm front was coming in.
We got rain from about 10am until around 3, and it sounded nice pattering on the roof. Then it cleared up nicely. Here's a picture of our site.
We both did computer stuff most of the day, and later took a stroll around the park. A lot of rigs came in today, and we found out they're the Oregon Good Sam's Club. They started rolling in about 2:00.
Once the sun came out the humidity started rising. We'll have a/c tonight, but it sure was an interesting experience last night.