Should We Talk About The Weather

Well, September still feels like the middle of August in Death Valley as we keep riding this heat wave. How hot was it? It was so damn hot that multiple transformers in my neighborhood decided to up and die.

From about 5pm Friday to 10:45pm Saturday the block I live on was without power. So on a day that had reached 90 by 11:30am we had absolutley no air or celing fans to cool us down. Deciding to beat the rest of the people in the area to the punch, we rented a generator at the local party supply store. Once we got it home we ran extension cords to our freezer, fridge and the television. Our neighbors [who went and bought a generator at Lowes] apparently plugged in their fridge, their television, their tivo and a small wall unit and holed themselves up in a living room. Priorities, eh?

Apparently Edison was so inundated with blown/fried transformers in the La Mirada/Fullerton area that they had to call in contractors to take care of a lion’s share of the work. The guys replacing the units up on the pole were apparently pulling a 32 hour shift just to get everyone back online. Good times. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go take advantage of the fact that I can use the air again. I don’t care if it is cooler out now, it’s just the principle of it all.

2 Comments so far

  1. Terry Chen (unregistered) on September 12th, 2004 @ 1:19 am

    Ai-yah! And the humidity? I feel like we’re in Hawaii, but without the paradise.

  2. Joel Sax (unregistered) on September 12th, 2004 @ 5:38 pm

    You’re just paying the price for deregulation: before, power companies were compelled to spend part of their money in maintenance and refurbishment of their systems. Under our profit-comes-first economy, they let equipment deteriorate until it fails. And fails again. And fails again.

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