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2013-01-03 05:15:21 PM  
image.legios.org
 
2013-01-03 05:16:23 PM  
or worse, imagine living 8 days without power while you're married.
 
2013-01-03 05:16:24 PM  
As an employee of a power company I declare this the definition of the term "not news."
 
2013-01-03 05:16:35 PM  
Texas
Bonanza


4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-01-03 05:18:43 PM  

Land Ark: As an employee of a power company I declare this the definition of the term "not news."


That is why you fail.
 
2013-01-03 05:20:29 PM  

pute kisses like a man: or worse, imagine living 8 days without power while you're married.


It works for Les Stroud.

/Heck he'll even leave out the food and water.
 
2013-01-03 05:20:45 PM  
Short version: Power went out. Power company system was wrong. *ring ring* "Dude's power is still out", "Ok, we'll fix it". Power company fixes it.

Clearly, the dude is an idiot if he needed help to get the power company to fix his power.
 
2013-01-03 05:21:53 PM  

nytmare: Land Ark: As an employee of a power company I declare this the definition of the term "not news."

That is why you fail.


Explain how.
 
2013-01-03 05:21:57 PM  
Anybody have any odds of that when he initially lost power it tripped his breaker and he went 7-days, 23-hours and 35-minutes without checking his breaker box?
 
2013-01-03 05:23:33 PM  

Land Ark: nytmare: Land Ark: As an employee of a power company I declare this the definition of the term "not news."

That is why you fail.

Explain how.


Your overconfidence is your weakness.
 
2013-01-03 05:28:06 PM  
pute kisses like a man:
or worse, imagine living 8 days without power while you're married.

Day 1 "Not tonight honey, I'm worried about the black out"
Day 2 "Not tonight honey, I'm listening to the wind-up radio"
Day 3 "Not tonight honey, I'm tired because it's always dark"
Day 4 "Not tonight honey, I have a headache and the drug store was closed because of the black out"
Day 5 "Not tonight honey, the house is cold"
Day 6 "Not tonight honey, I haven't had a shower"
...

Makes you wonder where those jumps in the birth rate come from.
 
2013-01-03 05:28:28 PM  

pute kisses like a man: or worse, imagine living 8 days without power while you're married.


5 and a half days without power, while married to a woman with osteo and rheumatoid arthritis. It's not fun. That experience is why I now have backup power, heat, and light. (I'm actually looking for an upgraded generator this year.)

Ponzholio: Anybody have any odds of that when he initially lost power it tripped his breaker and he went 7-days, 23-hours and 35-minutes without checking his breaker box?


There wouldn't have been an article.

What I don't get is why, after repeated calls, no one showed up at his house? At the very least, if it had been a customer error, they could've checked, charged him for being an idiot, and he would've been fine. At the very worst, they would have showed up, confirmed the outage, and actually fixed it before the local news decided to check it out and call the power company.
 
2013-01-03 05:30:50 PM  
Obviously he's never had to deal with Verizon for internet service. Then he'd be so tired of dealing with "My service is out!" "We've repaired it" "My service is STILL out" "We've repaired it" that he'd just have given up ages ago.

At least you don't usually have to stay on hold for 60+ minutes with the power co.
 
2013-01-03 05:32:51 PM  
What likely happened:
Power went out, guy called it in.
Person responding clicked the wrong button and the repair ticket disappeared - software makes it impossible to look up old ticket once complete and without ticket number/address dispatcher can't help (10% pure speculation).
Guy called the next day and either had to leave a message, got a recorded message, got ineffective employee on phone who saw it was repaired and probably lied to the guy.
Repeat for a few days.
Guy gets fed up and calls local media.
Media person contacts media relations person at power company.
Media relations person looks into it and realizes the problem.
Power company employee sends out repairmen.
Power is restored.

Massive failings at company combined with old technology and poor customer service contact.
It's probably not the first time it's happened to this guy.
He probably has a generator which kept him from calling every hour after the 2nd day.
 
2013-01-03 05:34:33 PM  
I know a guy who hiked the whole length of the Appalachian Trail, which took 6 straight months of hiking, and when he came back he no longer wanted electricity, cable, internet, etc. and cancelled the service to his house. He was always a bit weird, but considerably weirder when he got done with that hike. 6 months of largely being alone might have weird effects on your psyche.
 
2013-01-03 05:36:23 PM  

Land Ark: (100% pure speculation).


FTFM
 
2013-01-03 05:42:24 PM  

Sean M: Obviously he's never had to deal with Verizon for internet service. Then he'd be so tired of dealing with "My service is out!" "We've repaired it" "My service is STILL out" "We've repaired it" that he'd just have given up ages ago.

At least you don't usually have to stay on hold for 60+ minutes with the power co.


The area i may move to my choices are Verizon or Comcast....your sentence does not inspire confidence
 
2013-01-03 05:45:58 PM  

mongbiohazard: I know a guy who hiked the whole length of the Appalachian Trail, which took 6 straight months of hiking, and when he came back he no longer wanted electricity, cable, internet, etc. and cancelled the service to his house. He was always a bit weird, but considerably weirder when he got done with that hike. 6 months of largely being alone might have weird effects on your psyche.


or maybe 6 months of watching the local news made everyone else so much worse.
 
2013-01-03 05:52:41 PM  

mongbiohazard: I know a guy who hiked the whole length of the Appalachian Trail, which took 6 straight months of hiking, and when he came back he no longer wanted electricity, cable, internet, etc. and cancelled the service to his house. He was always a bit weird, but considerably weirder when he got done with that hike. 6 months of largely being alone might have weird effects on your psyche.


Was his mistress hot?
 
2013-01-03 05:55:23 PM  
Now that is a good headline!

/Bravo
 
2013-01-03 06:02:05 PM  

eagles95: Sean M: Obviously he's never had to deal with Verizon for internet service. Then he'd be so tired of dealing with "My service is out!" "We've repaired it" "My service is STILL out" "We've repaired it" that he'd just have given up ages ago.

At least you don't usually have to stay on hold for 60+ minutes with the power co.

The area i may move to my choices are Verizon or Comcast....your sentence does not inspire confidence


Comcast is the root of all evil
 
2013-01-03 06:03:03 PM  

No Such Agency: Makes you wonder where those jumps in the birth rate come from.


Newly weds and couples that just started dating.
 
2013-01-03 06:03:48 PM  
Great headline
 
2013-01-03 06:06:09 PM  
Jesus, what a crybaby. He's starting to sound like those Hurricane Sandy freeloaders.
 
2013-01-03 06:27:59 PM  
1990
Rochester 'burbs
Mid winter
Ice storm
One month without power

...and no school

Eh, that was actually kinda fun. at least if you were eleven at the time.
 
2013-01-03 06:29:10 PM  
Our neighborhood lost power during the same storm at 9am on Christmas Day. Called the power company and told them I had to be at the gym in 26 minutes. Nine hours later we had power again. Actually I called for the neighbors. We have a generator.
 
2013-01-03 06:31:29 PM  
I was moving into a new apartment on the weekend so I scheduled activation for the friday before. When I arrived, it was pitch black. I called the power company and they said there was a problem that the apt complex needed to fix.

When I asked how I was supposed to find out about this, they claimed they had no obligation to tell me if there was a problem. This quickly devolved into a yes you do/ no we dont argument.
 
2013-01-03 06:34:23 PM  

the_vicious_fez: Comcast is the root of all evil


"Root", hell. They're the whole friggin' Yggdrasil of evil, complete with Ratatosk.
 
2013-01-03 06:35:20 PM  

the_vicious_fez: eagles95: Sean M: Obviously he's never had to deal with Verizon for internet service. Then he'd be so tired of dealing with "My service is out!" "We've repaired it" "My service is STILL out" "We've repaired it" that he'd just have given up ages ago.

At least you don't usually have to stay on hold for 60+ minutes with the power co.

The area i may move to my choices are Verizon or Comcast....your sentence does not inspire confidence

Comcast is the root of all evil


True, they add "services" to your bill without permission and then you have to go to an office to get your account straightened out. And no matter what goes wrong, it's not their problem.
"The modem I'm leasing from you failed."
"Sounds like you have a modem problem and need to buy a new modem."
"The modem I'm leasing from you failed."
"Sounds like you have a modem problem and need to buy a new modem."
"The modem I'm leasing from you failed."
"Sounds like you have a modem problem and need to buy a new modem."
"The modem I'm leasing from you failed."
"Sounds like you have a modem problem and need to buy a new modem."
...
 
2013-01-03 06:40:22 PM  

kombat_unit: Now that is a good headline!

/Bravo


Don't bother congratulating subby, his wife already took his computer away because he posted that.
 
2013-01-03 06:46:26 PM  
HOTY contender already.
 
2013-01-03 07:11:23 PM  
People are giving this guy shiat, but there wasn't a hurricane, it was a fark up on the part of the power company. Hell yes, I'd want to shame the electric company for not doing it's only function, too.

Everyone in the comments section was giving the guy shiat comparing his situation to Ike, or their grandparents, but they do so comfy and warm on their computers and charged cell phones. farking hypocrites.

farking. Hypocrites.

But hey, this is the U.S.A, and it's all fun any games as long as it doesn't happen to, or impact us, personally. farkers.
 
2013-01-03 07:20:55 PM  
Meanwhile, in Africa...

bearsharkaxe.com
 
2013-01-03 07:23:13 PM  

Sean M: Obviously he's never had to deal with Verizon for internet service. Then he'd be so tired of dealing with "My service is out!" "We've repaired it" "My service is STILL out" "We've repaired it" that he'd just have given up ages ago.


In the 4 years I (and the ex) have had FiOS, it has been out exactly once. About 15 hours.
 
2013-01-03 07:43:54 PM  

Molavian: Land Ark: nytmare: Land Ark: As an employee of a power company I declare this the definition of the term "not news."

That is why you fail.

Explain how.

Your overconfidence is your weakness.


Your faith in your utilities is yours!
 
2013-01-03 07:48:46 PM  

PC LOAD LETTER: Meanwhile, in Africa...

[bearsharkaxe.com image 268x433]


Never fails...Whenever I'm feeling bad about how crummy my life has become, All I need is to be reminded that others actually do have it so much worse than me.

And I instantly feel worse.

/More than one reason to not keep a gun in the house.....
 
2013-01-03 08:03:37 PM  

Meesterjojo: People are giving this guy shiat, but there wasn't a hurricane, it was a fark up on the part of the power company. Hell yes, I'd want to shame the electric company for not doing it's only function, too.

Everyone in the comments section was giving the guy shiat comparing his situation to Ike, or their grandparents, but they do so comfy and warm on their computers and charged cell phones. farking hypocrites.

farking. Hypocrites.

But hey, this is the U.S.A, and it's all fun any games as long as it doesn't happen to, or impact us, personally. farkers.


Seriously, 8 days!!!!1 I live in a pepcoland and this kind of thing makes them look like a model company.
 
2013-01-03 08:06:08 PM  

No Such Agency: pute kisses like a man:
or worse, imagine living 8 days without power while you're married.

Day 1 "Not tonight honey, I'm worried about the black out"
Day 2 "Not tonight honey, I'm listening to the wind-up radio"
Day 3 "Not tonight honey, I'm tired because it's always dark"
Day 4 "Not tonight honey, I have a headache and the drug store was closed because of the black out"
Day 5 "Not tonight honey, the house is cold"
Day 6 "Not tonight honey, I haven't had a shower"
...

Makes you wonder where those jumps in the birth rate come from.


That sounds like a case for Maury.

There wouldn't be so many unhappy marriages if people didn't settle. But, unfortunately, I have found out along the way that I'm one of those who will have to settle. It's not because I have high standards. That's not even remotely close to being true. That's just the way shiat is sometimes.
 
2013-01-03 08:06:15 PM  

Jument: Short version: Power went out. Power company system was wrong. *ring ring* "Dude's power is still out", "Ok, we'll fix it". Power company fixes it.

Clearly, the dude is an idiot if he needed help to get the power company to fix his power.


My mothers utilities went out after a bad ice storm. It was out for days. The homes all around hers got their utilities restored but when mom called about hers she was told that she did have utilities. Placing a phone call is not always the answer if you get some moron at the other end. Mom finally had to call the mayors office and beg for help. A utility crew came out that day.
 
2013-01-03 08:27:38 PM  
i.qkme.me
 
2013-01-03 08:33:38 PM  

KiwDaWabbit:
There wouldn't be so many unhappy marriages if people didn't settle.


Whats the other option?
 
2013-01-03 08:43:15 PM  
Heh, I consider my utilities optional. Why buy from them, when you can have them buy from you?
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I don't notice most of the utility blackouts. My lights, fridge, and heat keep humming away (at least for 24 hours). If the power stays out longer than that, I just pull the generator out, run it for 2-3 hours to top off the batteries and I'm good to go for another 24 hours.
 
2013-01-03 08:52:59 PM  

Jument: Short version: Power went out. Power company system was wrong. *ring ring* "Dude's power is still out", "Ok, we'll fix it". Power company fixes it.


The Consumerist is ther-- oh. Well, that's surprising actually.
 
2013-01-03 09:13:01 PM  
As a guy from Jersey who just lived through Sandy: oh boo-farking-hoo. I bet it got a wibble biatchiwwy in Houston. Poor fella might've had to wear a sweater.
 
2013-01-03 09:22:42 PM  
Since this is Montgomery County Texas, I am thinking a more likely scenario is that the guy's electricity was turned off due to non-payment, and he was hoping to invoke the media's help to get it turned back on for free, hence the need for an electrician to remove the lock box on the meter.
 
2013-01-03 09:29:27 PM  

MemeSlave: KiwDaWabbit:
There wouldn't be so many unhappy marriages if people didn't settle.

Whats the other option?


Being alone, which is probably how I'll end up.
 
2013-01-03 09:54:10 PM  

UncleFriendly: As a guy from Jersey who just lived through Sandy: oh boo-farking-hoo. I bet it got a wibble biatchiwwy in Houston. Poor fella might've had to wear a sweater.


it's not the "boo hoo, it's cold"
it the "boo hoo, everything in my fridge and deep freeze has to be thrown out"

for me, a type 1 diabetic who needs insulin (and insulin needs to be refrigerated) it's "the $500 worth of medication I had in my refrigerator is now useless".
 
2013-01-03 10:10:46 PM  

The_Original_Roxtar: UncleFriendly: As a guy from Jersey who just lived through Sandy: oh boo-farking-hoo. I bet it got a wibble biatchiwwy in Houston. Poor fella might've had to wear a sweater.

it's not the "boo hoo, it's cold"
it the "boo hoo, everything in my fridge and deep freeze has to be thrown out"

for me, a type 1 diabetic who needs insulin (and insulin needs to be refrigerated) it's "the $500 worth of medication I had in my refrigerator is now useless".


Are you the guy in the article or something?

I was making fun of the fact that this was even an article in a newspaper when millions in my region, the most populated in our whole nation, lived that in a colder climate for longer.
 
2013-01-03 10:19:46 PM  

UncleFriendly: As a guy from Jersey who just lived through Sandy: oh boo-farking-hoo. I bet it got a wibble biatchiwwy in Houston. Poor fella might've had to wear a sweater.


You guys never stop whining when it goes over 90.
 
2013-01-04 03:37:03 AM  

Pockafrusta: [i.qkme.me image 625x640]


"You're," not "your."
 
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