We destroy the beauty of the countryside because the un-appropriated splendors of nature have no economic value. We are capable of shutting off the sun and the stars because they do not pay a dividend. — John Maynard Keynes
Yea! The lights just went back on!
I'll tell you more tomorrow about how we survived (it was kind of fun, actually) the Great Northeast Blackout of 2003. Our block in the Village must have been one of the last to go back on in New York City.