Next Post Will Happen on Monday

We decided to get a whole house generator and yesterday was the installation day. All power and gas  had to be turned off. Unfortunately I forgot to charge my back up charger and I lost power on my computer. Duke Power *forgot* to return and turn on our power and the installer forgot to tun on the gas. Last night was the coldest night of the year and we were without power and gas late into the night. Tiffany and I spoke and she wants me to add some more information to the post and is glad that there was a pause. I apologize especially to the victims whose stories now get pushed back again.


Next Post Will Happen on Monday — 16 Comments

  1. Sorry about your generator problems.

    I just now saw this on social media:

    ‘The tongue is a fire’: Southern Baptist church fractures over secrets and spiritual abuse

    Church leaders who were aware of his past concealed it from the congregation.

    ..In interviews with more than a dozen current and former congregants, a portrait emerged of church leaders compounding Foose’s betrayal by twisting scripture and exploiting the concept of forgiveness to stifle questions about how the situation had been handled.

    …Foose resigned from Oakwood in May 2018. Soon after, the beloved pastor who had left Oakwood months before, Bob Conrad, acknowledged in a five-page letter to his former church that he and other leaders had known Foose could not pass a background check.

    Foose claimed to have been falsely accused, Conrad wrote, and church leaders took him at his word, failing to prevent him from having access to children even as school employees complained about his overly familiar behavior with the students

  2. We have lots of tall trees around here. Loblolly pines and close relatives. In this area they tend to be around 100 years old and 70 to over 100′ high. They grow up by dropping lower limbs. So they are basically tall unstable wind catchers. When we get high winds they start falling down and do a number on the power lines. Dee is “at the end of the line” so when she loses power it can be a while. I’m on the first leg of a feeder circuit out of my substation and never without power for more than 12 hours and then only twice in 30 years for that long. Even with neighbors who have lost power for a week I get mine back before anyone.

    So Dee went with the generator and I figured my power will be the first to come back on so why bother.

  3. Mr. Jesperson: I am just curious as to why you just installed a whole house generator?

    My theory is the city requires it because the force of her keyboard pounding puts dangerous voltage spikes on the electrical grid.

  4. Dee: You made me laugh

    I’m still trying to wrap my head around the original statement saying “Dee is without power.” Dee powerless? Yeah, right…

  5. Loosely on the topic of adverse weather, my thoughts are with much of the rest of the UK where there’s been major flooding this weekend. Two named storms have followed within days of each other; the current Storm Dennis has dumped some billions of tons of water onto ground already saturated by comparable rainfall from Storm Ciara a week ago. In truth, we’ve had it remarkably easy here in east central Scotland, and locally only a handful of low-lying roads have been made impassable. And despite a ferocious Shipping Forecast and a weather system with a central pressure as low as 926mB *, local geography has sheltered us from the worst of the winds too (though it’s well draughty outside the noo). But elsewhere, many people have lost homes and although there’s been no confirmed loss of life, at least one person is missing, feared drowned.

    * The lowest pressure in the North Atlantic Basin was an estimated 914mB, during the Braer Storm in January 1993. This figure is an estimate because there were no weather buoys in the North Atlantic at the time capable of measuring pressures below 925mB.

  6. Dee: Style? I can assure you that it’s a really cute generator.

    I am glad that you have gotten the cute one. Just wanted to make sure you are not going all survivalist on us. Theirs are painted camo colors, but yours is most likely pink. I can see it now, a bright bubble gum pink generator…

  7. “Duke Power *forgot* to return and turn on our power”
    Ah yes, from my days of living in North Carolina and the times that Duke Power “forgot” about us.
    Funny, they never forgot to send me their bill . . .

  8. Luckyforward,

    I had the hardest time getting them to come out and install the whole-house surge protector. I mean, they advertised it on the website, they wanted to charge me money to install it, and charge me a monthly fee for having it – so you’d think they’d actually come out and do it. But I’d call and put in the service request, they’d say, ‘Someone will be out to do it in the next two weeks.”, and then nobody would come. Then 2 months later I’d think, “Wait, wasn’t Duke supposed to come out & install that thing?” So I’d call them again, rinse and repeat. I think on the third go-round I started raising some flags with folks, and they got on the line with the actual contractor. And then the fourth time around it actually got installed, around a year after I started.

    Now the only house weirdness I’m experiencing is the unending stream of companies that knock on my door, wanting to replace my roof (which, according to the inspection, should still have a few years left in it). Oh, and they keep telling us that we can get it for ‘free’ because they’ll likely find some storm damage so we can make a claim with our homeowner’s insurance. And that sounds unethical, plus likely to raise our rates.

  9. Congratulations on your generator. Whole house generators make a big difference here in Upstate NY. We had a couple of occasions where we were out of power for about a week in really cold weather. The last time was a big windstorm that took out power in the whole region for a week. We were able to keep the food from the freezer in the garage. The temperature in the house was 42 degrees, so items from the fridge could sit on the kitchen counter. We used every blanket and sleeping bag we owned. We had natural gas so we could cook and had hot water but no heat because the furnace would not turn on. People who hooked their furnaces to portable generators often burned out boards. There were fun times – playing cards by candle light. The worst part was bailing the basement sump by hand every 8 hours. Happily, an electric crew from Canada got our power turned on day 5. We ordered the whole house generator (it will run everything but the dryer and our pool pump) as soon as possible.

  10. John

    Congratulations on your new family member. We’ve had a number of power outages around here and we’ve been talking about this for a couple of years!!