We were lying in bed this morning around 8:30 when something beeped and we realized the power was out. While making coffee on the propane stove, we checked the SMECO site from the IPad and determined that, indeed, there is a neighborhood wide outage. Involving at least 800 homes. The reason is not clear yet, but given that it's a calm sunny morning, I'll venture to guess that an accident took out a transmission line or transformer.
We had milk and cereal with banana for breakfast, and we're just sitting here without any 60 cycle hum, watching the birds and squirrels at the feeder.