We had four days a few winters ago. Very cold. I can't imagine a week.
It didn't make national news but hurricane Ike struck as far north as Ohio last Sunday sending category 1 winds through the area. While we had no rain, the 6 hour storm knocked down trees and put about 700,000 people in the dark in central Ohio where we live. It happened that local power crews were sent to Texas where the damage there made ours power look insignificant. We got our power back today after 6 days and there are still plenty more folks who'll need candles an flashlights a while longer. While many are grumbling around here about the slow return to service it's obvious to me that this outage wasn't of the usual "squirrel fry" variety. The chain saw activity clearing downed trees sounds makes it sound like a logging camp around here yet.
All in all...not so bad. The good news is that we were forced to clean out everything in the refrigerator and freezer. All perishables lived up to their reputation....they perished. Of course much of what we found hiding in the fridge and freezer could only be identified as possible science experiments anyway.
Our thanks here go to the Appalachian Power crews and others who came to lend a hand. Thanks, neighbors!