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Thinking Out Loud

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Electricity >> The Big Tease

We actually got our power back at 4:30 PM on Monday!!

For just over 14 hours. The we lost power again at 7:10 AM on Tuesday, and no updates on whether we've been shuffled to the bottom of the priority list or what. But at least we had one cool night of comfort!

That’s pretty damn frustrating, though.

On the bright side, at least we didn’t go grocery shopping to restock everything, and we did get to bath, shower, do some laundry and enjoy the electricity for a few hours. Granted, we were asleep for the majority of the time we had power, but at least we slept comfortably.

I can't help but wonder if we’re now back to the bottom of the storm-related queue of residents needing service, since I’m assuming our losing power this morning was completely unrelated to the storms last Wednesday and Friday. I haven’t called Ameren to find out, though…

Speaking of Ameren. When we came home and found the power back on, there was a message waiting on our answering machine, from Ameren. "Sorry we missed you. We just wanted to call to confirm that your power is back on. If it is not back on, please let us know."

Isn't that a bit like asking a blind person if he likes the color of your shirt? If you don't have power, how is your answering machine picking up and recording the message? The real punchline -- since we lost power again, we can't re-listen to the damn message to get the special number we're supposed to call. Auuuuugh!

4 Comments:

  • a couple of points. SOme people have voicemail with their telco, so you can leave a message without needing power.

    Also, you can get details of "my outage" on ameren's web page if you sign up and register. You'll need your latest bill to do it, as you'll need your customer number.

    By Blogger Timotab, at 1:38 PM  

  • Right, but to access Ameren's web page, you need electricity... Granted, there are some locations that still have electricity (since I can generally only access the web now from work) but it's still a bit ridiculous -- like the solar-powered flashlight.

    By Blogger Jason Little, at 2:44 PM  

  • If I were you, I'd buy a chainsaw, and go on a tree-cutting rampage. You might end up in jail, but look at the bright side: It's much harder to lose power when there are no tree branches that can hit the power lines.

    By Blogger hibikir, at 3:12 PM  

  • At this point, if I bought a chainsaw, I don't think I'm going after trees... >:(

    By Blogger Jason Little, at 3:45 PM  

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