After last fall's massive outages, a Times piece dubbed it the "Great Generator Divide."
Basically, it's the split between all the poor sops like me who don't have a generator and the growing number of people who have decided to spend several hundred to a few thousand on a backup power source.
And at top of the pyramid are those high-end homes with mega generators that can keep the electricity flowing full blast - no $800 department special for these folks!
For buyers shopping at the top end of the market, a powerful home generator is as much of a necessity now as a home theater, the Times piece notes.
The same is true, I suspect, for the high-end market in Boston's suburbs. Certainly developers I interviewed earlier this year who are tearing down 50s capes and building $1 million-plus homes were including generators in the package.
Of course, you don't have to own a McMansion to buy a generator - you just have to be willing to part with anywhere from several hundred to a few thousand dollars.
As for me, I am relying on the good folks at NStar to keep the lights on.
After I finish writing this, I am going to head outside and put the lawn furniture into the cellar.
That, and making sure the flashlights have batteries, is the extent of my storm preparations.
Maybe I will cave someday and buy a home generator, but with the so-called Frankenstorm bearing down, it's a little late right now for that.
How about you?
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