So I went out to get some gasoline for the generator, which is mainly what I do, and when I got back, there was... A TRUCK! With electricity wranglers in it! They were from a power company in Charleston, South Carolina, and they GAVE US BACK OUR POWER. Were it not for the fact that we were all highly masculine men -- them with their truck, me with my manly generator -- I would have hugged them.
So except for the lingering odor of gasoline, our house is pretty much back to normal -- something that, unfortunately, cannot be said, and will not be said for a very long time, about those poor folks in coastal Louisiana and Mississippi. Thanks to all of you who've donated money and posted good information in the PLEASE HELP thread below. You are good people. If you haven't donated, and you can, please consider it. Thanks.