A Bump in the Night

12 Jul

We woke up yesterday morning to discover we had no cable – no TV, no phone, and – aargh! – no Internet! In addition, the electric power had been off, and most of the clocks needed to be reset. I did float to surface during the night when the a/c in the front bedroom went off, but it wasn’t enough to actually awaken me.

Anyway, The Squire checked all of the connections, and then called Comcast, as the problem seemed to be outside, and therefore, their responsibility. To make a long story short, a vehicle of some sort had been involved in an accident, and torn the transformer off the pole. The first repair man to come out said it looked as if an oversized semi had caught on the cable, but whatever the problem was, he couldn’t fix it by himself, and he was going to call for a cherry-picker and a larger crew.

It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you have neither TV nor Internet. The Squire finished a book, and I worked on the dollhouse. If I’m going to get that thing finished before Austin starts high school I’d better get a wiggle on!

When the crew arrived in the late afternoon – five o-clock or so – it was still in the 80s, so I walked out with a pitcher of iced tea and some paper cups. As I told them, our grandson used to be a lineman for the Gas and Electric Company, and I try to look out of the guys hanging from poles – or directing traffic. While I was wandering up and down the road, I noticed a lot of what I call “front end stuff”. A bumper and a lot of plastic chrome, plus bits of glass. The guard rail was torn up and the yellow and black sign that warned of a narrow bridge was on the verge.

Whatever it was, it must have been pretty spectacular, but we slept through it all. We had cable back before we went to bed, so there is peace in the valley, again.

2 Responses to “A Bump in the Night”

  1. Garfield Hug July 13, 2020 at 2:52 am #

    I am glad the repairs were rather efficiently expedited. Horrors to live in today’s world without internet or TV. I guess we are all in a modern world and used to the devices of today’s world.

  2. tiggerlyss July 13, 2020 at 3:22 pm #

    Your story reminds me of the time that the derecho had come through Joppatown and half of Towne Plaza was left without electricity for a week along with half of I95. It is amazing how ingenus one has to be. Luckily, I had solar-powered flashlights from camping with the Scouts and candles out the wazoo. Although the best thing for after dark was the portable DVD player and a plethora of Disney movies for the kids. My crowning moment was figuring out how to make drip coffee with boiling water, coffee grounds, filter, and a funnel.

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