Saturday we had a pretty wicked thunderstorm. Lights flickered and there were several close strikes. Just to give you all an idea, one above-ground line services the entire street. When one of has problems, we all have problems. Here's the body count for the evening (10 residences): 1. Two plasma TV's over 42". 2. One 57" CRT HDTV. 3. Two PC's. 4. Three cable modems. 5. Two wireless routers. 6. One Xbox. What was the body count at the McDaniel house? Zero. Neighbors to the left and right of me suffered casualties, but we managed to get through unscathed. My neighbors were astounded given that I have more electronics than anyone on the street. The difference? Every item I own has surge protection of some variety from the big expensive Monster Power center to the kids' 11" television. Even the line going into the cable modem runs through a $10 Belkin suppressor. None of the above items had any protection. Two of the three TV's as well as the Xbox were turned off. Of course, when the lightning gets close, I always shut down the expensive stuff. Yeah!