Powerless for 7 Days and 6 Nights; Can You Do Me a Favor?

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.


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8 Responses to Powerless for 7 Days and 6 Nights; Can You Do Me a Favor?

  1. Kathy says:

    I did say wait in line after I finish mine….but on the second hand they have been working day and night….but seriously the gaul!!
    Glad you have power my sister’s just got there’s last night….time for NJ to bury the power lines!

    • Kathy:
      It’s been a long haul kinda week. I had no words for the PSE&G guy. . .all I could think of was how much laundry and cleaning and stuff I had to do to get my family “back to normal!”
      Glad your sister is up and running again too!

  2. Kim says:

    Are you kidding me???
    Glad you got your power back. We were five days.

    • Kim! I’m happy you got your power back sooner.

      It has been really unsettling. And it’ll likely happen again. It’s like NJ public utilities get amnesia after every major incident!

  3. Cindy says:

    Next time you’re without power, call JCP&L and offer to do the crew’s laundry if they’ll put you 1st on the “fix it” list! Maybe while they’re waiting for clean clothes, they’d also like a hot shower & warm meal! Unbelievable!

  4. I think I would have been utterly speechless. Glad normality is resumed!

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