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(Washington Post)   Pepco spokesman insists that it is "not reasonable for a person to be upset at all" after seven days without electricity. No, seriously. He actually said that   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 86
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2012-07-23 11:03:23 AM
My great-great-great-great grandfather lived his entire life without electricity, and did he complain?

Actually, yes. He was a little b*tch.
 
2012-07-23 11:03:40 AM
Obviously.
 
2012-07-23 11:05:25 AM
Virginia is for lovers. And people who like electricity.

/Seriously, props to the folks at Dominion for getting the juice back on so quickly
 
2012-07-23 11:06:12 AM
Well you say Amish people do it but I haven't gotten one phone call or email supporting this claim.
 
2012-07-23 11:07:23 AM
Woopsie!
 
2012-07-23 11:07:27 AM
Fine, then he wouldn't mind if the feed to his house should become somehow mysteriously disconnected in the middle of the night, right?

/he'd have a crew out there within the hour
 
2012-07-23 11:07:28 AM
There is only so much you can do when large trees take down so many power lines. It takes time.

ww1.hdnux.com
 
2012-07-23 11:08:53 AM
Actually the dumb ass said it TWICE!!!

" When council President Roger Berliner (D-Potomac-Bethesda) graciously invited him to correct the statement, Graham doubled down instead. He insisted that it was "not reasonable for a person to be upset at all" after seven days without lights or air conditioning.

Twenty minutes later, Graham tried to repair the damage. He said he'd misread his own statement. Twice. "


 
2012-07-23 11:08:58 AM
I wonder how their rates compare to other companies.
 
2012-07-23 11:09:50 AM
What's anybody gonna do about it? Go solar? Bwaaahahahaha!!
 
2012-07-23 11:10:17 AM
I think pulling a gun on him would have been reasonable at this point.
 
2012-07-23 11:10:19 AM
If you can't go seven days without electricity then I would suggest that you purchase a generator. They're not that expensive. Last year we lost power in CT for 8 days, it was declared an emergency and those of us with generators were reimbursed for our gasoline expenses.
 
2012-07-23 11:10:25 AM
The video of it is hilarious. People gasped, looked in shock, shook their heads, then started boo-ing him.
 
2012-07-23 11:10:29 AM
Farkin' Pepsi. This is why I drink Coke.
 
2012-07-23 11:10:44 AM
Seven days without electricity makes one weak...

/try the fish
 
2012-07-23 11:11:14 AM

MasterThief: Virginia is for lovers. And people who like electricity.

/Seriously, props to the folks at Dominion for getting the juice back on so quickly


I hear the people of Rockville, Maryland like electricity, too....

Graham has to wear a tie to keep the foreskin from slipping up over his head.
 
2012-07-23 11:12:48 AM
We lost power for almost a week. I just packed up the kids and pets and visited family. Not everyone could do that. My poor husband had to work some was stuck there in the gross. At least the plumbing still worked. At out last house we had a well and septic. When Irene came we didnt have power for a week and had to flush toilets by healing buckets of water from the bay. That was fun.
 
2012-07-23 11:13:39 AM

tankjr: If you can't go seven days without electricity then I would suggest that you purchase a generator. They're not that expensive. Last year we lost power in CT for 8 days, it was declared an emergency and those of us with generators were reimbursed for our gasoline expenses.


And how would that work if you lived in an apartment/condo?
 
2012-07-23 11:14:19 AM
 
2012-07-23 11:14:21 AM
www.davidstuff.com
 
2012-07-23 11:14:26 AM
If I was unable to use my tanning bed for an entire week, I would go Batman Rises on those responsible.
 
2012-07-23 11:15:05 AM

vernonFL: There is only so much you can do when large trees take down so many power lines. It takes time.

[ww1.hdnux.com image 628x398]


It's their farking fault for cutting costs by putting poles in the middle of a FOREST instead of spending a little more and burying the lines.
 
2012-07-23 11:15:44 AM

MasterThief: Virginia is for lovers. And people who like electricity.

/Seriously, props to the folks at Dominion for getting the juice back on so quickly


There was a letter to the editor in the Post asking why Dominion was getting a pass while PEPCO was getting crucified in the press. The answer, of course, is this time it took a bit longer than usual for Dominion to get us all back up and running, but for PEPCO it happens every damn time.

The worst part of being without power for 44 hours after the storm was looking down the street at my neighbors on a different circuit who got their power back after 24 hours.
 
2012-07-23 11:16:03 AM
Al least his electric bill will be lower for the month.
 
2012-07-23 11:16:16 AM

Walker: tankjr: If you can't go seven days without electricity then I would suggest that you purchase a generator. They're not that expensive. Last year we lost power in CT for 8 days, it was declared an emergency and those of us with generators were reimbursed for our gasoline expenses.

And how would that work if you lived in an apartment/condo?


Carry the generator up the stairs and plug your fridge into it. Tell your affected neighbors that you'll compensate them for the noise by letting them charge their phones.
 
2012-07-23 11:16:32 AM
The main issue is that the superwealthy enclaves like Avenel and other parts of Potomac were last to get their power restored. When PEPCO has to triage outages and fix breaks that re-electrify the most people first, the huge lots and low density of the rich neighborhoods knock them down on the priority list. Not that I'm defending PEPCO, they are a complete failure of a utility. They've been deferring maintenance and upgrades for decades and it's biting them in the butt.
 
2012-07-23 11:17:38 AM

tankjr: If you can't go seven days without electricity then I would suggest that you purchase a generator. They're not that expensive. Last year we lost power in CT for 8 days, it was declared an emergency and those of us with generators were reimbursed for our gasoline expenses.


Who reimbursed you?
 
2012-07-23 11:18:48 AM
www.wiredmomma.com
 
2012-07-23 11:19:35 AM
It sounds like someone was shocked by this.

I wonder if anyone will be charged?

I'm positive we should look into this.

Sounds like the writer has really amped things up.
 
2012-07-23 11:19:47 AM

kingoomieiii: Walker: tankjr: If you can't go seven days without electricity then I would suggest that you purchase a generator. They're not that expensive. Last year we lost power in CT for 8 days, it was declared an emergency and those of us with generators were reimbursed for our gasoline expenses.

And how would that work if you lived in an apartment/condo?

Carry the generator up the stairs and plug your fridge into it. Tell your affected neighbors that you'll compensate them for the noise by letting them charge their phones.


I think you'd get in trouble for asphyxiating them.
 
2012-07-23 11:20:25 AM

kingoomieiii: Walker: tankjr: If you can't go seven days without electricity then I would suggest that you purchase a generator. They're not that expensive. Last year we lost power in CT for 8 days, it was declared an emergency and those of us with generators were reimbursed for our gasoline expenses.

And how would that work if you lived in an apartment/condo?

Carry the generator up the stairs and plug your fridge into it. Tell your affected neighbors that you'll compensate them for the noise by letting them charge their phones.


Yes they can use them to call the paramedics from when you pass out due to the CO that you have not vented.
 
2012-07-23 11:21:16 AM
I am not surprised some people have been without power for a week, but I am surprised the power company did not give the industry standard response of, "We apologize to our customers and are working as fast as possible to restore power."

/Ice storm of 1999 in Atlanta I was without power for 3 days and my apartment complex was right next to the substation.
 
2012-07-23 11:21:40 AM
Its common for pepco to lose power for a few days. Common. Harbor Freight sells a 2k 2stroke genny for $89.00. The one I had ran all 4 days. After snowmageddon, we got a generac 6k it had issues but I got it running by the third day. If your power is as spotty as pepcos, its best to have it sit in the box.
It never hurts to have a fan or 2 on when its 100+.
 
2012-07-23 11:22:02 AM

Erebus1954: Al least his electric bill will be lower for the month.


My electric bill was 22 percent higher than the same month last year despite having electricity for 13 percent fewer days. Not even the ridiculous "bill stabilization" that allows them to charge Maryland customers for electricity they didn't get can explain that.
 
2012-07-23 11:23:19 AM

vernonFL: There is only so much you can do when large trees take down so many power lines. It takes time.

[ww1.hdnux.com image 628x398]


But Pepco routinely has the worst record of restoring power. Although Dominion and BG&E struggled as well, they had the lights back on for a majority of their customers days before Pepco did. Pepco also routinely refuses to even consider improvements like burying lines, because that would piss off their shareholders, whom they have shown to be the people they really fear. They don't give two flying farks about their customers.

Personally, I think it may be time for Maryland to allow Montgomery and P.G. to take over the distribution grid via eminent domain and then let contracts for managing it. Pepco could still end up running the grid, but a collosal farkup of this magnitude could then cost them their business entirely, which would piss off the shareholders and so might make Pepco senior management pay attention to something other than their next tee time.
 
2012-07-23 11:23:22 AM
Condors. Lets say you were a Condor and didn't have electricity for 7 days , you wouldn't have a problem with it.
 
2012-07-23 11:24:00 AM

Gwendolyn: We lost power for almost a week. I just packed up the kids and pets and visited family. Not everyone could do that. My poor husband had to work some was stuck there in the gross. At least the plumbing still worked. At out last house we had a well and septic. When Irene came we didnt have power for a week and had to flush toilets by healing buckets of water from the bay. That was fun.


We stayed with my aunt and then the last two days with Future Mr. Mouse's parents. I would make little trips back to the apartment and almost every time I would see this one stay-at-home mom sitting in her idling car with the AC on and two screaming toddlers. I guess she didn't care to go the mall again or something? But I thought it was a pretty sad state.

However, we are Dominion here. Our problem is that we had a massive tree take out three poles and we weren't exactly in a priority area. We had the power back on that Wednesday.
 
2012-07-23 11:24:01 AM

kingoomieiii: Walker: tankjr: If you can't go seven days without electricity then I would suggest that you purchase a generator. They're not that expensive. Last year we lost power in CT for 8 days, it was declared an emergency and those of us with generators were reimbursed for our gasoline expenses.

And how would that work if you lived in an apartment/condo?

Carry the generator up the stairs and plug your fridge into it. Tell your affected neighbors that you'll compensate them for the noise by letting them charge their phones.


When the heat goes out in the winter, do you drag a 40 gal. barrel into your apartment to burn wood in it? Just askin'.
 
2012-07-23 11:24:59 AM

Gwendolyn: We lost power for almost a week. I just packed up the kids and pets and visited family. Not everyone could do that. My poor husband had to work some was stuck there in the gross. At least the plumbing still worked. At out last house we had a well and septic. When Irene came we didnt have power for a week and had to flush toilets by healing buckets of water from the bay. That was fun.


Mine was off for 6 days. The whole house smelled like thawing chicken cutlets and I had a constant low-grade migraine from the heat and gloom. At least I still had water. My nearest relative with power was 3.5 hours away, so I couldn't stay with him without missing work. The whole experience was miserable though I tried not to complain because I knew it was going to be a biatch to fix everything.

However, if the spokesman for AEP had said something like that I would have been tempted to shove him inside my refrigerator for a couple of days to see how much he enjoyed being without lights and AC. And oxygen. Idiot.
 
2012-07-23 11:25:44 AM
They were just testing. It's probably going to be like that for all of us in the foreseeable future.
 
2012-07-23 11:25:45 AM

Satanic_Hamster: I think pulling a gun on him would have been reasonable at this point.


If the utilities had to pay a fine, so much $$$ per day, they would find a way to fix it, and to prevent it.

The loss of income from some meters not turning is not significant to them.
 
2012-07-23 11:25:48 AM
I was born and raised in the Northern Virginia area... and lived there for 7 years after college as well.

I always assumed it was normal for there to be extended power outages whenever there was a severe storm, that was all I knew.

5 years ago, I moved to Nashville. We get a shiatload of severe storms here, way more than in DC. And I've lost power TWICE. And both times, it was back on in about an hour.

Pepco is a complete joke. Its like the damn 3rd world utility.
 
2012-07-23 11:26:22 AM

CheatCommando: But Pepco routinely has the worst record of restoring power. Although Dominion and BG&E struggled as well, they had the lights back on for a majority of their customers days before Pepco did. Pepco also routinely refuses to even consider improvements like burying lines, because that would piss off their shareholders, whom they have shown to be the people they really fear. They don't give two flying farks about their customers.


They're argument is that it would cost billions to redo the infrastructure. My argument is if you're carrying a new area or replacing a network somewhere anyway, why not bury those lines and then work into a couple of surrounding neighborhoods? You don't need to get all done in the same year. Over time you could accomplish much. How much are they spending on emergency personnel and tree trimming as it is?
 
2012-07-23 11:26:50 AM

Wellon Dowd: MasterThief: Virginia is for lovers. And people who like electricity.

/Seriously, props to the folks at Dominion for getting the juice back on so quickly

There was a letter to the editor in the Post asking why Dominion was getting a pass while PEPCO was getting crucified in the press. The answer, of course, is this time it took a bit longer than usual for Dominion to get us all back up and running, but for PEPCO it happens every damn time.

The worst part of being without power for 44 hours after the storm was looking down the street at my neighbors on a different circuit who got their power back after 24 hours.


It also helps that in a lot of the new development that's been built in the last 20+ years in Northern Virginia, it's been standard operating procedure to bury the power lines, to make it more aesthetically pleasing. Doesn't do much if a transformer gets affected, but because above ground power lines are typically kept to the main roads, it means a lot fewer instances of trees falling on power lines and knocking out power. PEPCO's infrastructure, especially in DC and close-in suburbs of Montgomery and Prince George's County are typically a lot older with a lot more above ground lines and large trees that are taller than the power poles.
 
2012-07-23 11:28:09 AM

jsteiner78: I was born and raised in the Northern Virginia area... and lived there for 7 years after college as well.

I always assumed it was normal for there to be extended power outages whenever there was a severe storm, that was all I knew.

5 years ago, I moved to Nashville. We get a shiatload of severe storms here, way more than in DC. And I've lost power TWICE. And both times, it was back on in about an hour.

Pepco is a complete joke. Its like the damn 3rd world utility.


I grew up in NoVA too and still live in Fairfax. I had no idea that Pepco serviced the VA side.
 
2012-07-23 11:28:40 AM
I need to put on my glasses. Those were some bad freaking typos...
 
2012-07-23 11:31:42 AM

sdd2000: kingoomieiii: Walker: tankjr: If you can't go seven days without electricity then I would suggest that you purchase a generator. They're not that expensive. Last year we lost power in CT for 8 days, it was declared an emergency and those of us with generators were reimbursed for our gasoline expenses.

And how would that work if you lived in an apartment/condo?

Carry the generator up the stairs and plug your fridge into it. Tell your affected neighbors that you'll compensate them for the noise by letting them charge their phones.

Yes they can use them to call the paramedics from when you pass out due to the CO that you have not vented.


Also, lots of electrical outlets in apartments can't handle the load of a generator and will blow out all the circuits in the electrical system.

I live in an apartment in Rockville. The power seems to go out whenever the wind rustles or a sparrow sneezes. PEPCO has got to be held accountable.
 
2012-07-23 11:32:04 AM

jsteiner78: I was born and raised in the Northern Virginia area... and lived there for 7 years after college as well.

I always assumed it was normal for there to be extended power outages whenever there was a severe storm, that was all I knew.

5 years ago, I moved to Nashville. We get a shiatload of severe storms here, way more than in DC. And I've lost power TWICE. And both times, it was back on in about an hour.

Pepco is a complete joke. Its like the damn 3rd world utility.


I've lived in Fairfax County for 29 of the last 34 years. I hadn't noticed it was normal for there to be extended power outages whenever there was a severe storm.
 
2012-07-23 11:34:28 AM

Huggermugger: sdd2000: kingoomieiii: Walker: tankjr: If you can't go seven days without electricity then I would suggest that you purchase a generator. They're not that expensive. Last year we lost power in CT for 8 days, it was declared an emergency and those of us with generators were reimbursed for our gasoline expenses.

And how would that work if you lived in an apartment/condo?

Carry the generator up the stairs and plug your fridge into it. Tell your affected neighbors that you'll compensate them for the noise by letting them charge their phones.

Yes they can use them to call the paramedics from when you pass out due to the CO that you have not vented.

Also, lots of electrical outlets in apartments can't handle the load of a generator and will blow out all the circuits in the electrical system.

I live in an apartment in Rockville. The power seems to go out whenever the wind rustles or a sparrow sneezes. PEPCO has got to be held accountable.


We have BG&E here in Ashton MD (about 15 miles east of you) and the same things happen. It's not PEPCO exclusively.
 
2012-07-23 11:35:16 AM
I am slightly surprised that there are not laws on the books that list electricity as a 'necessary' utility, like water or phone service in some areas. Meaning power companies have a requirement to provide electricity and keep that power on as much as possible, or face government fines, etc.

But I am sure the power companies have spent lots of money on the local politicians to make sure that does not happen.
 
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