weve just gotten our power back from a damned freezing rain and sleet event. It rained onto places that were living in zero degrees a few days earlier and the ice on limbs and wires was really beautiful, BUT it caused an almost complete shutdown of the power grid between Upper mid New Jersey down to lower Marylnd. Trees that towered over power lines and weren't clipped back for several years, just busted under the weight . Evergreens just broke into piles of boughs and branches.
A goodly portion of these snapping branches just tore through power lines and start shutting down the power.
We had our generator being serviced and the guy just returned it and set it back in its little spot and we now, thanks to Major General Electric, were back on line. Now Im assuming that all this is getting through cause Im posting it through a clipboard.
I think, from hearing all about the newly imported power rigs and cherry pickers from the South and Midwest, we are supposed to be back on PPL Power (or Excelon-Im never sure who my wife picks to sell us volts-she has some thingy going, dickin with the volts sales people). Apparently we buy the volts from one company and the guys who deliver em (yes they have a voltswagen) are in another company. She tells me but I glaze over quickly.
SO anyway, we are back on line with our 12KW propane genie and we , and about 2 other non Amish farms, are the only guys with power.
The news said that in Lncaster nd Chester County there are about 500000 folks with no volts, and they say thatm with all the downed trees itll be Sunday before its rehooked up.
Im glad we missed the big ice storm of Upper NY and Canada of a few years back, in that one the ice, Ive been told, just crumpled the metal high tension towers.
That musta been a thick coating of ice. Ours was less than a half inch.
We had a battery operated radio for the two days without power and and all I could listen to was some douche bags going on about Obama this and Obama that,( I find most radio music either idotic (rap) , inane(Taylor Swift) or just impenetrable to someone of my age (Bullet Riddled corpses, Blink 125, Cover Fire) only one of those bands is even remotely real but all would be good names.
Im making some hot chocolate in the microwave--BECAUSE I CAN