Friday, December 08, 2006

I Think We Have Power Back --

We have been cursed with a very intermittant power supply over the past few weeks . . . but it looks like it is finally steady again.

We live on a small island and apparently salt water had invaded the undersea cables that bring power to the Island. So those cables needed to be replaced . . . and, of course, all power had to be shut down while this was going on . . . and on . . . and on . . . and on.

We were told that the power company had reached the final phase -- where they would be burying the cables. This would not be a problem for us because the power would only be interrupted for 4-hour blocks "in the middle of the night".


"The middle of the night" started at 7:45 pm! . . . . I wonder just what kind of schedule they keep that 7:45 is "the middle of the night"? (I know that, at our latitude, we only have about 8 hours of daylight this time of year, but this is ridiculous).

A further problem -- beside the power interruptions -- is that we remain under a "boil water" order. Every time that the power goes out, our water system (which comes from a lake) depressurizes, causing a 48-hour "boil water" order.

Well, we've had all of these repairs as well as a string of storms that have caused major damage so we've been on a "boil water" order faily consistantly for weeks! And this is a real pain when, without power, you only have a wood stove (and not one designed for cooking). My dear wife is very weary of this and so am I.

The good news is that last night the power did not go out . . . so maybe (just maybe) they've finished burying the cables and we will be able to think about getting back to a semi-normal schedule . . . well except for the holidays.

Needless to say, I've not been able to do much work on the computer ala Saxe-Bearstein lately.

-- Jeff


Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Hang tough Jeff! The end to all of your frustrations can't be too far off.


MurdocK said...

Yes Jeff and since the rest of the island you are on is likely used to going to bed at 6 pm, then 7:30 pm really is the middle of the night!

Keep on hooting - you night owl!