I’ve Got The Power

We came back to California from our Minnesotan Christmas vacation at midnight on the morning of the 31st. Just after I woke up later that morning, Comcast had problems with their ‘Net connection, and the whole thing went down until about 10pm. It was due to “weather-related difficulties.”

Then, on the morning of the 1st at about 9:40am, the power went out. Actually it went out, came back, and went out again. And it stayed out until this morning at 6am. This was also due to “weather-related difficulties.” We had no heat. It was raining outside and the whole place felt damp. The laundry piled up (you know how it can get after a vacation). We cleaned our house by fluorescent lantern light. We didn’t vacuum. One part of me says it was a fun, unique experience. That’s true, but a larger, more vocal part of me says it sucked.

I am so glad the power is back. All my initial anger about the long loss of power went away entirely when I woke up and saw the glow of the ceiling light coming from the hallway, and realized I was too hot because the heat had come back on and I had optimistically turned it up a bit yesterday afternoon. I just pray the power stays on this time.

If PG&E wasn’t a monopoly, I’d be switching right now. But they are, so I guess they’ve still got my business. I know, “weather-related difficulties” is a really good excuse, but I want a company whose systems are more robust than “weather-related difficulties.” You could say I’m being unreasonable. You could also tell me when the last time was that you were without power for an entire day.

Happy New Year!

9 Comments

  1. Posted January 2, 2006 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    Large portions of the Twin Cities were without power for several days in September. Of course that was with tornados and high winds taking out a couple transmission towers and the local lines in a lot of places. I’d say a day without something drastic like that being the cause is pretty bad. I guess the good side is at least they’re not as bad as LAWP, right?

  2. Posted January 2, 2006 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    Ahhhh. Power! So refreshing. I actually had fun doing laundry this morning because I was like, “HA! Washing machine and dryer… I’ve got you where I want you NOW! You can not escape me! Wash! Dry! Bwahahahahahahahahahaaaaa!”

  3. Erik
    Posted January 2, 2006 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    who needs power when your blog changes colors constantly yet so subtly that i thought i was imagining it. well i guess i need power. so yay for power? ps. while trying to find the correct spelling for ‘sublty’ i came across http://www.westegg.com/simpsons/ which you might find enjoyable if you are extremely bored. happy new year

  4. Posted January 2, 2006 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Without a vacuum, I would say your experience *didn’t* suck.

    Ouch. Sorry ’bout that.

    Anyway, good to see you over the holidays.

  5. Posted January 4, 2006 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    Perhaps you could get a hybrid and use it as a UPS. http://www.priups.com/riddle/answer-1.htm

  6. Posted January 4, 2006 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    Apparently that last link hit the front page of digg and won’t respond for quite some time so here is the google cached link. http://64.233.167.104/search?q=cache:ortUvJw1q8IJ:www.priups.com/riddle/answer-1.htm

  7. POP
    Posted January 4, 2006 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    I’ve got a 5500 watt Coleman generator…but then I live in Minnesota and you live in California.

    Shoot!

    POP

  8. Posted January 4, 2006 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    That does kinda hurt the whole idea. Yeah.

    To be fair, we did experience some pretty serious flooding out here, so I’m sure that’s why PG&E was so slow to help. They had tons of outages and a lot of work to do in a 100-mile radius from here, so maybe a 21-hour outage isn’t so bad in the face of all that.

  9. POP
    Posted January 4, 2006 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    Be glad you’re not up to your ankles, knees or neck in H20.

    POP