MY 'POWER' ORDEAL!
By Tom Hyland
ACCORDING TO A NEWS REPORT ...
PER THE 'HEAD' OF BGE ...
THIS PAST STORM DAMAGE
WAS AKIN TO ... KATRINA ...
WITHOUT ALL THE H2O !
My ‘Power’ Ordeal
© - Tom Hyland - 7/15/12
It all started on Friday, June 29th -
We had just finished eating some hot steamed Crabs
When that Storm started up.
Wind - Rain - Swirling Leaves ...
Dodging Fallen Trees on the Back-Roads -
Swerving To and Fro -
Gingerly avoiding Branches strewn on the Beltway -
Back to Pat’s house in Dundalk Safely ...
Spent first night there -
Saturday returned to my Trailer - No Power!
Loaded Meats from Freezer into Cooler -
Got Ice from Royal Farms ...
Second night at Pat’s ...
Sunday returned - Watered my Plants - No Power!
Heat Wave Continued - 103 Degrees!
Third night away from Home ...
Monday, July 2nd - Had Flat Tire - Had to Replace!
Worked 8.5 Hours - Pool in evening ... Lost!
Home around 11:30 Pm - No Power!
Propped both Doors open - Slept on Floor!
Tuesday, Threw away All Contents of Fridge -
Picked up ed & Vesna at train Station -
Spent day/evening at Niece Bernie’s -
She still had Power, in Catonsville ...
Home at Midnight - No Power!
Slept on Floor Again ...
Wednesday - July 4th - Independence Day!
Happy Birthday America!
Celebrated the Evening ...
With Cold Beers and Hot Fire-Works!
6th Night at Pat’s Again ...
Thank God for A/C !
Thursday - Worked 8 Hours -
Over to Rose & Gary’s at Nine Pm -
Their Power was Restored - played Cribbage ...
Returned home at Midnight - No Power!
7th Night - on Floor Again ...
Friday, back to Pat’s House ...
Saturday Return - No Power!
But Found out that Park Had Been Restored!
ALL ... BUT ME! ... WHY?
Tried calling BGE ... No Help!
Tried BGE Home ... No Help!
Figured out that Circuit Breaker Switch at Meter -
HAD FAILED! Would Not Re-Set!
Tried about 24 Times over 5 Days to Reach Owner of Park -
NO ANSWER! NO RECORDING! NO NUTHIN’!
Saturday - Pat’s ... Sunday - Pat’s
Monday - Worked 8 Hours - No Power!
Monday, after Pool - back to Bernie’s ...
Tuesday - took Friend Louie’s Advice and called 911 ...
Two Police Officers saw Breaker -
Thought it was an ‘Easy Fix’ - Just ‘Swap Out Breaker’!
They Watched as I got Toolbox - Removed 2 Screws n’ Panel -
OOPS! Hard-Wired OLD Circuit!
NEED AN ELECTRICIAN!
ONLY OWNER CAN APPROVE!
I WAS EXASPERATED ... FRUSTRATED ... PISSED!
THIS WAS MY TWELFTH DAY WITH NO ELECTRICITY!
WHERE, OH WHERE, WAS ... GOD?
As I was leaving the Park, around 3 Pm ...
Noticed a Little Sign on Empty Lot ...
The Phone Number was DIFFERENT ...
From the One in my Cell Phone ...
Called - Got Recording - Left Message ...
SHE CALLED WITHIN MINUTES ...
Within One Hour Electrician was There!
HE REPLACED FAULTY BREAKER ...
My Meter was Not Turning ...
Still NO POWER!
I quickly went to Bedroom Panel ...
MAIN BREAKER WAS TRIPPED ALSO!
RE-SET IT ... YAY! LIGHTS!
BUT ... STILL NO A/C !!!
After Pushing Many Buttons on the BGE ...
Digital Programmable Thermostat ...
IT FINALLY KICKED ON!
At 5 Pm on Tuesday, July 10th -
After 12 Days of Misery & Frustration ...
I Finally Had A/C - it Was ONLY 93 DEGREES Inside!
After Pool - Slept in OWN BED FINALLY!
THERE SHOULD BE A LAW AGAINST SUCH EMERGENCIES !
THE CEO OF BGE HOME TOLD ME PERSONALLY:
EVEN IF I PAID FOR IT ...
THEY COULD NOT SET FOOT ON PROPERTY
TO DO REPAIR ... WITHOUT OWNER’S PERMISSION!
THAT ... SUCKS!
P.S. Went Food Shopping Yesterday, Saturday July 14th ...
Almost Two Hundred Dollars of ‘Replacement’ Food!
Will HomeOwners’ Insurance Cover It?
WE SHALL SEE!
© - TKH.
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