There's a big gap between "this technically works" and "this is a good idea". Specifically, this is a technique very loudly denounced by every electric company and generator manufacturer.Good to know it's doable. Thanks!
As for NC's neighbors. Well, the whole "everyone ignores their own advice" thing springs to mind. Doctors smoking, for instance. More so, a lineman or whatever his position was knows the ins and outs extremely well. This is very much a case of "if you have to ask questions, you should not do it."