The 11 houses that comprise our section of a very long block got their power back this morning at about 10:30 a.m. Yes, after many phone calls from the 11 families to PSE&G this morning, we got our power back. That would be about 17 hours after the entire north side of our street got it back and 15 hours after the south side of the street, except for our 11 homes, got it back. We 11 are convinced that we would still be without power if we all hadn’t called and kept calling the PSE&G hotline this morning. You see, the hotline was convinced we had power. The people who answered the phone at PSE&G told us we had power. As I assured “Richard,” if I had power after 7 days and 6 nights without it, I would definitely notice it! This situation happens “all the time” to us 11 homes. When the block goes dark “everyone” but us get back up and running and we 11 have the tasl of convincing PSE&G that it forgot us once again. By now, you’d think there would be a note on each of our accounts reminding PSE&G that we 11 are not on the same circuit (or whatever) as the rest of our side of the street.
When I walked outside to leave this morning I heard my neighbor talking with a PSE&G repairman, as he was turning away from her I shouted to him,” Are we getting power back soon?”
He replied, “In about 5 minutes.”
I stared across the width of the driveway at him. He stared back at me, then he said, “I have a favor to ask. Are you on your way to work?”
Puzzled, I replied, “Yes.”
“Oh, too bad,” he said, turning away. “I was wondering if you could do my crew’s laundry.”
I. Kid. You. Not.