Thursday, June 20, 2013
Close to Nowhere
Power is wonderful
• As I write this on Tuesday afternoon, I’m thinking about last Tuesday when the power went off about 10 times. Barry, the editor, lost the front page a couple times, I think. Even after that, I forgot to save and lost the legals page.
According to what I think I heard, which is not always accurate -- my memory of what I heard or the information -- I understand that HSUD (Holly Springs Utility Department) is making improvements at the substation to supply more electricity to an area growing not only in size but in consumption.
When the power blinks off here at the newspaper office, it’s very traumatic -- to us anyway. There is literally nothing most of us can do here without electricity for our computers.
I cleaned my desk off and I read on my Kindle for a bit. Went to the post office to get the mail. Read my book on my Kindle a little more.
Barry pounds his keyboard and then he paces. Barbara takes everything in stride; nothing throws her off. Beth takes the pages she’s proofreading to the window for better light and proofreads.
We all scream when the power blinks off again. It’s almost certain that one of us forgot to save!
One of my favorite really bad jokes is about saving...
“The devil and Jesus are having a computer contest. At the end, just before God calls time, the power blinks out. Jesus won the contest because, “Jesus saves.”
• Our power goes out a lot at home also. If it rains, either the phone or power goes out, sometimes both. That’s possibly because we live in a very rural area.
Son Kris (who’s 38th birthday was Tuesday, June 18) has the only phone in the house on a cord, so he always has the privilege of calling the power company.
I have to give credit to the power company linemen though. Doesn’t matter about thunder, lightning, rain, hail, snow or ice. They always come out and fix whatever the problem is -- including when wrecks knock down power lines.
• I had to talk to a lady at AT&T recently about a cell phone problem and she was horrified that we had no cell signal or service. She said she was going to report that to “whomever” and get it fixed immediately.
I politely thanked her and when I was off the phone, I had to break down and laugh.
Not only are we really rural, we live downslope of everything and are surrounded by very tall trees.
We may never have cell service, but thanks to HSUD, most of the time we have power!
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