So, been busy, setting up for the electrical panel install, etc. They did the first half of the job today (the panel) and tomorrow they'll finish up the sundry items. I requested a 50 Amp generator hook-up, mainly because the math made sense and because multiple people told me I would be foolish to get just 30 Amps. (Can't argue with the fact that 30 Amps would barely keep the fridge and furnace running and something would drop if they both tried to turn on at the same time.)
BUT! I have an entertaining story for those of you who like cars and/or fix things. My poor old minivan needed a new alternator, and I'd made an appointment to get it installed. The shop guys said my engine valve covers were leaking and I broke down and told them I could spring for fixing it since I knew I wasn't going to be buying a new vehicle the same year as all that electrical work if I could help it. They started calling me to say that there was another problem, I agreed to let them fix it and then they called to say that there was still a problem and ask was I sure nothing had been going on before I brought it in? I assured them that the engine had sounded fine to me, so they did some diagnostics. It turned out that someone had dropped a nut into engine valve #4. So they're going to be keeping it a while longer, I've got a rental they're paying for and there's some machining and whatnot they have to do to fix everything. I also don't have to pay for whatever it was they thought would fix the problem since that was a misdiagnosis on their part.
The moral of the story is to always count your nuts twice.