Fridge is empty, just a little remains in the ice chests. This rant is more about surviving Sandy than what we had for breakfast even though that was good too.
Came home from our last 40th high school reunion event last night an noticed the neighbor's spot lights were on. I know he doesn't know how to hook his generator into his house lines so that meant one thing - electric power is flowing thru our grid again!
The power probably just started flowing because there were still a few generators running. It went out 5:46 on 10/29. Eleven contiguous days this time which matches the total for all of last year's outages. I knew it wouldn't be too much longer when we passed two staging areas where the trucks were parked. There must have been 40 -50 lift trucks alone not to mention the flat beds and vans.
The linemen really deserve a round of applause.
When I hear the screaming-meemies bitching about not having the power they pay for, it simply piesses me off. I doubt they know what it takes to build
They never cleaned a stall in late winter, fixed a spreader in February, laid track in the August sun after feeding mud and brick to two masons for hours. Sure we had to wait for almost 2 weeks. The amount of repair work required was tremendous. The substation was damaged as well as the feeder line to this end of the county. I took a small 5 mile loop ride on Tue. 10/30 and estimate I saw about 50 utility poles down. Some were snapped in three places
Transformers laying all over the place, not to mention countless trees. Firewood prices should drop. Up on the local 'mountains', there are many new vistas where the winds took out swaths of mature hardwood trees. A friend that lives alone up on one of the local mountains lost 25 huge trees on her 2.5 acre property. She was so scared she didn't sleep a wink the night of the storm. The fire company guys helped clean it up for her. God's hand was at work that night, not one tree landed on the house.
We did just fine due to some strategic preparation and some help from my fiends. Thanks to W'nC's loaned generator we had well water pressure for the last 6 days when we needed it. We used under 15 gallons of gas and only had to refill the cans once this past Wednesday. Before that, another friend loaned me his 1K inverter that I ran off of the diesel GC2310 to keep the chest freezer in the 20s. This combo worked well, using less than 4 gal of diesel in 3 days. With the tractor at idle, the freezer was pulling < 20% of the inverter's rated output. I used some of the remainder to power my 12V charger to sore some amperage in a recently failed Interstate batter (it only lasted 9 yr and 10 months) I pulled out of the Explorer that I used to run my CPAP at night. I'll have to get one of these little work horses. Lots of beeswax candles were consumed but we have have many pounds to go, probably a life time supply remains. Hope to pass some on!
Ah, it's good to be back