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Power Out AGAIN!!

Monday, September 09, 2013

I don't know what it is about our section of the power grid, but once again the power is out. I heard a bang at 4am, woke me up, and the power went down. Thank goodness we have a whole house generator!! Although it came on and no power was coming to the house. I had to get a flashlight and reset the circuit breaker on the unit out back. Whatever tripped the grid circuit tripped my generator as well. The people across the street have power, as usual. You'd think that after a couple of decades of power failures, Virginia Power would have figured out there was a problem. As it is, they told me years ago that the only solution was for me to sink the many $$$ into a generator.

My next door neighbor finally bought a generator, but the rest of them are upset. The neighbor behind me complains of the noise, says that it "disturbs the peace of a power outage". Really? They no longer speak to me. Oh well, I can still use my computer. And watch TV and make coffee.

Like a lot of other things, a generator is a very expensive white elephant....until you need it.
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    Where we live it's almost a certainty that the power will be out sooner than later. One time we even had the meter taken in the middle of the night!. We have a generator and use it whenever we need power. It's almost a necessary fixture just like a tornado shelter, which we have too. emoticon

    Ignore the complainers. emoticon
    1719 days ago
    A generator is like car buy it hoping you never need to use it!

    Your neighbor is an unhappy person who probably complains about everything! Enjoy your coffee and internet while he's complaining!!
    1720 days ago
    When I lived in Louisiana a generator was a necessity. Glad we had one a few times when the power went down there. Sorry The Skins couldn't pull it out but they looked much better in the second half. I walked away for a bit and then figured out it was 33-20. I think they'll be okay~ emoticon
    1720 days ago
    I think it's great you have the generator. It disturbs the quiet of the outage?? LOL...I'd rather have the noise and power! There are 6 houses where we are in a neighborhood of hundreds and for years the 6 of us would lose power where others didn't. Just a couple weeks ago I came home to a notice on the door from NOVEC that the 6 of us wouldn't have power for a 4 hour window during the morning while they repaired something that affected just us. I hope that was the end of our lone outages.
    1721 days ago
    Thank goodness you learned early and bought the generator. I'm sure it's still a hassle in the middle of the night. Some neighbors just aren't very nice. I hope you get your power soon.
    1721 days ago
    Perhaps there's a nice cave those people can buy so they can enjoy the peace of a power outage...full-time! I can also say that it's nice that they are trying to get a positive out of a negative.
    1721 days ago
    I would like a generator, but our outages don't usually last long. We have had a week with no power. We do have a gas stove, cell phones and a battery operated radio. my husband can walk to a grocery store if we really need something.
    1721 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I'm glad you have the's a lifesaver. I used to be like you when we lost power the whole street across the street had power but not our side. Now we are the ones that are the newest in the "neighborhood" (we live far into the country on 21 acres) so we pretty much NEVER go out and everyone else is out.

    Hope your power comes back real soon!
    1721 days ago
    I was always jealous of our neighbors with generators, every time we lost power in NH during a snowstorm! That engine noise was like a thorn in your side and sometimes the first sign that the power was out throughout the neighborhood. I really wished we had one whenever I heard it!
    1721 days ago
  • JEANNE229
    Not sure if it gets cold there, but a generator can save pipes, plants, etc. Lots of money but more to lose it all...
    1721 days ago
    Wow! Back luck. I wonder why your power goes out like that?
    1721 days ago
    We used to be like your neighbors across the street. Four houses in my neighborhood are apparently wired to a different transformer, and usually when the power went out to the rest of to neighborhood, our lights stayed on...even through Hurricane Isabel. Now, though, I guess our transformer is getting old, because we seem to lose power more. No generator...yet. Hope your power came back soon!
    1721 days ago
    That's too bad.That generator is a good investment. I hope you're up and running soon!
    1721 days ago
    I love when our power goes out. I plug into my truck. I have light and tv . Neighbors get jealous ... Its a lack of priorities. Buy a generator instead of a big fancy suv.
    1721 days ago
    Nell so glad you have the generator if you have this problem at lot, you neighbor sounds made they do not have one
    1721 days ago
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