A ‘Typical’ Good Start

It has been a bad night, with poor Maggie spending the majority of it quivering under our little coffee table and me tossing and turning because my knee was playing up.
It was bad enough having fireworks at 6pm and practically hourly throughout the evening, with the great surround-sound conclusion at midnight for around twenty minutes as everyone seemed to have a different clock to work by.
Despite the considerable wet stuff falling, some inconsiderate bar-steward let off a bazooka at 2am, frightening us ALL to death, with follow up whizzes, bangs, flashes and whooshes indicating the start of a night sky WW3.
Two more massive booms followed and Maggie cowered. I hate to see that.
fireworks 2 fireworks 4 fireworks
Photos : My own from the Stratford Upon Avon display 2015

Apparently, 2016 was longer than recent years, by a whole second, and that may have been the problem.
So much depends on technology, microchips and computer programming that anything out of the norm, such as a single second, could throw systems into a spin. Well, that’s how I see it anyway. If something is used to resetting on the 6th pip and suddenly there’s a seventh, well, it could be a delayed millennium bug scenario couldn’t it.
bugsHubby was awakened just before 6 by the clicking and hum of our battery charger/inverter aboard as it kicked back in after a power cut. This went on with intervals of seconds or a few minutes for a while, so we got dressed to check things out.
It was still raining,  and all power to the marina was off, so that ruled out a single trip switch being thrown, or something wrong with our boat (breathe sigh of relief).
Being New Year’s Day, there are no staff in the office today, and with just a security check sometime this morning, there was no way we could find out what was happening.

Taking advantage of our next access to the internet, we looked up the emergency number for the local electricity board (which is now logged into my mobile) and gave them a call.
Yes, it was a problem to our area and should be resolved by 9.30.
Purely by chance, there was also a lull in the weather (had I mentioned it’s also been raining through the night?) so we managed to get Maggie out for her first wee and walk of the day. We’d just got back when the skies opened.

We’ve had breakfast and three cups of tea, so settled down to do the usual things for a Sunday, only for the power to fail again an hour or so later and not come back on this time.
dr bugI rang the electricity board and spoke to a guy who sounded a little weary as he explained there was a fault covering something like 20 km of cable supply to nearly 600 houses, and the engineers were checking it out on foot.
He added they were walking very fast, so I thought, OK, the lad’s got a sense of humour, and suggested they were all kitted out with wheels. When he said they were also out in the helicopters checking the overhead cables, I offered to wave from the boat and invite them down for a cup of tea (power permitting).
He said wave by all means, but perhaps we would consider giving them a tow (or was that towel?) .
Anyway, it should be fixed within an hour he said, and lo and behold some thirty minutes later our laptops are going berserk with flashes and stripes as we lost control of our mouse pads whilst the internet connection re-established itself. You may recall from previous posts my mentioning that our WIFI here doesn’t like to get wet at the best of times, so throw in a power cut and it gets really confused and upset.
angry-callerHaving been on the receiving end of frustrated callers, we feel sorry for those who have to work on bank holidays and get flack from irate and sometimes irrational customers when things don’t work.
Yes, it is inconvenient.
Yes, it’s a pain being all-electric and losing heating plus the means of boiling a (quicker) kettle or using the microwave to cook dinner.
Yes, it’s a nuisance that it can take a long time to fix.
But you know,
give upit’s not their fault.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and have a terrible sweet tooth. Best friends are Hubby, our dog Maggie, Bro in NZ, MSM and MOH (and his dog). I am also a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we were once again house hunting until September. We now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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6 Responses to A ‘Typical’ Good Start

  1. Oh my, no power, no tea! Now that can make a person cranky! Poor Maggie. Last night there wasn’t too much noise outside. Locally there has been a lot of publicity about how anxious fireworks makes animals — all of them including the wild ones who live outside all the time. I don’t think it will stop people but maybe dampen the idea. Most prefer the summer holidays for fireworks anyway.

    • We have a gas cooker and kettle which we use when we’re out of the marina as we’re not connected to mains, so we’d managed. Except cooking dinner today the gas ran out! Good job we always keep one spare, so will be replacing the empty one tomorrow.

  2. foguth says:

    Let us hope that the beginning of 2017 is the rockiest part! (Our security system got set off about 2:30 this morning – talk about disorientation! My husband diagnosed it as a glitch and hopefully has programmed it so this will not become a daily event.
    I hope your knee issues can be overcome … have you considered a homemade “thunder coat” for Maggie? A friend used the 4″ wide ace bandage to create one.

    • Our friend’s medi alert phone line alarm kicked in during the night apparently as a safety feature for power cuts. She thought someone had broken in as it took a while for her to realise where the voice was coming from! How scary is that????
      Sadly thundercoats or similar don’t seem to work for our girl.

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