Friday, February 26, 2010

Transformers

The Bag Lady had a busy day yesterday, but it did not all go according to plan. It took her until 10 am to realize that she was mistaken about the repairman coming to fix her washer. The Rancher came in from doing some chores outside and asked her if he had phoned yet, which made her look at the note she left herself, which was when she realized it said March 4th. Sigh.

Her meeting was not a long one, so she had more time in the afternoon to do a few things around the house. She put a soup together and weeded out some papers in her office. Late in the afternoon, she and the Rancher settled in to watch the gold medal women's hockey game between Canada and the States. It was fast, it was exciting, it was down to the last 1 minute and 20 seconds.... Canada was ahead by 2 goals and










the screen went black as the power went off.

They knew that Canada would probably win, but a lot can happen in a fast-paced hockey game in a minute and 20 seconds. The Americans might score, cheating Canada out of a shut-out win.

The Bag Lady called the power company, who promised to send out a serviceman. Then the Bag Lady spoke to the neighbour, just to double-check that their power was off, too. There are only the two households on the line, and the power has been known to go off on just this section. The Bag Lady settled in with a flashlight and a book, while the Rancher napped on the couch. (yes, they lead an exciting life!)

The Rancher finally drove to the highway to confirm that yes, the switch at the highway was open, so the Bag Lady called the power company back to let them know. An hour or so after that, the serviceman from the power company drove into their yard and waded through the snow to their transformer pole (where the main breaker is situated), then eventually waded back out to his truck........

He finally came to the house and the Rancher went outside to talk to him. He explained to the Rancher that the problem appeared to be that the transformer in their yard had blown and would have to be replaced, and could the Rancher please plow a path to the transformer pole so the serviceman could get his truck out there?
Sigh.
Three big trucks eventually pulled into the parking lot space the Rancher had cleared and set to work. Five and a half hours after it went off, the power was restored. There is now a nice shiny new transformer in their yard that will, hopefully, provide them with many years of service.

19 comments:

Leah J. Utas said...

I remember the days when it was just our power that would go out. I can still smell the kerosene lamps.
Sad you missed the end of the game, but
at least it, and your power problem ended well.

the Bag Lady said...

It was disappointing not to see the ending, but there wasn't much we could do about it! Amazing how dependent on electricity we all are!

Missicat said...

The ending wasn't that great. You didn't miss anything! hehe

the Bag Lady said...

Hehehe, Missicat! Perhaps from YOUR perspective..... :)

kcinnova said...

NOOOoooooooooo!!!

I bet you can find the ending online.

the Bag Lady said...

Kcinnova - that's probably true, but I would rather have seen it in real time!

Reb said...

The game was just too exciting for the old transformer, eh? Just a good thing is wasn't 40 below, Well, and that you have a fire!

ctv.ca will get you any info on the games you want btw ;)

Conny said...

Congratulations on the women's hockey win!! I wish the USA team didn't look so disappointed at getting a silver medal. Like Cammie Granato commented (having been there herself at one time) they are disappointed now, but in a few weeks time they'll come to appreciate the silver and all their hardwork getting there.

We had a transformer blow up in our backyard once - it was frighteningly loud. Is yours far enough away that you didn't hear it?

Cheers and have a great weekend.

the Bag Lady said...

Reb - it is a good thing it wasn't really cold, both for us and for the guys who had to fix it! And thanks for the info about ctv.ca

Conny - we didn't hear a thing, which is what made it so hard to believe it had blown - it isn't all that far away (I'm guessing a little more than a football field)!

bunnygirl said...

Being without electricity isn't an adventure I enjoy. I'm glad it all ended well, but what a hassle with all that snow to clear! There are distinct disadvantages to country living, but it's give and take wherever you go, I guess.

messymimi said...

This kind of timing is yet more proof that somebody up there has a sense of humor.

Charlotte said...

Wow - well I'm glad it all worked out in the end and you have your reading light back!!

Gail said...

Who won???

In '08 and '09 we were out of power for almost two weeks. One dut to a tornado and the other an ice storm. Good thing yours was restored so quickly.

Hilary said...

Well I suppose it could have happened at a worse time.. but that had to be very frustrating. So.. no laundry until March 4?

the Bag Lady said...

BG - I love living in the country.... most of the time!

Messymimi - yeah, some sense of humour!

Charlotte - I was pretty happy to have the power back on so I could turn the lights off before I went to bed.......

Gail - CANADA!!! Yippee!!! Two weeks without power would be brutal! I have to admit, I'm a modern girl in that way!

Hilary - I actually have been doing some essential laundry, but each time I put a load in, I'm afraid it'll be the last time the door will latch! (it's only leaked a couple of times.....)

solarity said...

[frustration: why did this post not show up for me until late last night? The ways of blogger are strange.]

I suppose if the repairman had been scheduled for then the transformer would have blown up while he was there?

The time my transformer at the old house blew up I definitely heard it--it was only fifty feet from the house (and I wasn't listening to a lot of cheering from the television.) Luckily for me it was summer, and not even hot enough for me to miss the ceiling fans before they got it fixed.

That transformer led only to my house and my uphill neighbor, but there were about five other houses on a line that was separate from most of the houses on that road. When I would call in an outage they'd ask me if it was the [I can't remember] line and I'd say "Yes" and they'd say the truck would be there in about half an hour. I love my co-op.

Mary Anne in Kentucky

[WV: "nartic": abbreviation for inarticulate.

the Bag Lady said...

Mary Anne in Kentucky - our transformer must have just died, rather than blowing up - nary a peep!
And you're probably right - it would have blown while the repairman was here, so it all worked out for the best!

CherylK said...

There is nothing more frustrating than losing power but even worse when you are in the middle of a good television show...the worst part for you is that there won't be reruns - ha!

Bummer about your washer. Since I'm so late in reading your posts, I'm assuming that it's all better now.

the Bag Lady said...

Cheryl - I wish I could say that it is all fixed, but it isn't. Sigh