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    We only lost power in Ontario for 36 hours during that storm. I had a 75kBTU stove insert in the fireplace and five cords in the garage and I kept the house above freezing.

    Neighbor next door found out that having a sump pump with no power doesn't do too much good. Even when it's -20 outside the groundwater keeps flowing. Frozen lake in the basement. No room to make the turn around the net and you couldn't raise your stick or you'd hit the ceiling.

    We had a popped transorb on the pole down the road and I knew what had to be done to get power back. Just push in the transorb (it's like a ceramic fuse). Could we get Ontario Hydro to come out? Not a chance. Finally, I called them and said that they could take my call off their list because I'd decided to go up the pole with a baseball bat and push it shut. By the time I'd walked down to the end of the road, Ontario Hydro had a truck out. I guess the thought of pulling a cremated citizen off the pole wasn't attractive to them.

    Good diary, Claude.

    The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it is true. J. Robert Oppenheimer

    by captainlaser on Tue Sep 13, 2005 at 04:53:29 PM PDT

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