In my neighborhood, the utilities are buried. No unsightly power lines which can ice over in a winter storm or fall to the ground when a tree or large limb lands on it during a wind storm.
Whenever anyone plans to do any digging (and this applies to utility workers, landscapers and even home gardeners), you’re supposed to dial 811 a week or so in advance so that “Miss Utility” (who named that?) can come out and spray paint all over the streets, your grass, your beautiful flowers, whatever is in the way of where the cables and power lines are buried. That’s what happened to us, someone had called Miss Utility and we found marks like the orange arrow above all over the place. We knew we didn’t call them but figured something was up. And it was. We had a note on the door on Tuesday saying the gas company was going to be doing some work in our yard.
We had a nasty surprise when we got home from work yesterday evening:
Our lawn was covered with straw and we were worried our irrigation system had been compromised (thankfully it wasn’t).
Our back gate was open and we saw this in the neighbor’s yard:
The utility boxes in our yards house cable and power lines, I’m not sure if there’s anything else. But as far as we know, there are no gas lines going back there.
We had no cable, internet or landline phone. Our cable (FIOS fiber optic) had been cut by these guys, even though the lines were clearly marked.
John talked to the neighbor who is home during the day and got the scoop: the power company had determined that there was some kind of problem leftover from a storm (a month ago?) between our house and the guy across the street. While they were trying to fix it, they somehow damaged our gas line and caused a leak which brought the fire department out. This all happened before we got home so we missed the excitement. The power company contractor was the one who cut our cable and they apparently didn’t realize it.
John got on the phone with Verizon last night and they can’t come out to fix it until Saturday! We were surprised that they don’t have emergency teams on call. Granted, this wasn’t Verizon’s fault, but neither was it ours. The contractor mentioned to the neighbor that they were going to get fined for damaging the gas line. Just wait until they hear about the cable!
So, I guess we’ll be “camping” at the house without TV or internet. I don’t care about the loss of the phone, the only calls we get are political and we don’t answer it if we don’t recognize the number. Thankfully I have a good book on my Kindle, we have electricity and air conditioning and we can watch DVDs and I can sew or take pictures. So plenty to do in the meantime, but it still is unnerving to be disconnected for so long. I’m writing this post at work.
What we’re going to miss is the Big Brother double eviction tonight, so no spoilers please!
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