Two nights ago we had a power failure. It lasted nearly three hours. There's just not much you can do, sitting in the dark. TV, Internet all require power. My battery operated radio didn't work--it's been years since I used it. So, I sat in the dark, save for a small emergency lamp, and finally drifted off to sleep.
The funny part was when the power went out. I was watching this movie. The goons from the government were after these people They'd heard noises outside the house, then my power went out. For a brief moment I thought the bad guys were outside and they'd cut my power. Now, that is good storytelling.