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Thunder and Lightning

There's thunder overhead, as a few pop-up thundershowers are scattered across the former blackout zone in what I was calling Baghdad on the Mississippi. And I'll bet a lot of people who were never afraid of lightning before are shuddering to hear thunder right now. Why? Because while Ameren(ron) claims to have restored power to the last of the people who lost it because of the last two big storms, we all know that those repairs were done in a heck of a hurry, and that about half of the repairs were done by crews who weren't familiar with the local power grid. Right now, our power grid is being held together with bailing wire and duct tape, and we're just going to find out the hard way, the next couple of times it rains, how well that rush job is going to hold up.


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Jul. 30th, 2006 11:37 am (UTC)
Not well, apparently. We lost power again, but have it back up now.
Jul. 30th, 2006 09:20 pm (UTC)
I had a fair number of very brief flickers (thank Prime I use an uninterruptible power supply for the 'puter or it would have fried, probably), but so far so good here.
Jul. 30th, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
DOn't knowck bailing wire and duct tape! My first car, an '83 VW Rabbit, limped along beautifully from 140k to 240k miles, held together with duct tape and bailing wire. And a healthy amount of J-B Weld high-temperature epoxy....

A typical conversation:
Me: well, how much are the muffler hangers?
Parts guy: well, they're $6 each, and all eight of yours are worn out, and that's caused the pipe to crack here, so we should probably just go ahead and replace the exaust system from there back, too.
Me: well, how much is that?
Parts guy: Oh, hard to say, maybe three or four hundred dollars.
Me: well, thanks for getting the car up on the lift to show me, but I can't afford that just now. I'll have to get back to you.

Next stop, hardware store, for $10 of bailing wire, duct tape, and epoxy. Two hours later, a quiet car. And the hack patch job held up just fine.

No, the real problem with the repairs to the grid is that the linemen have a vested interest in the grid not working. More repairs, more overtime, more money for them. So, it has to be a good-enough fix that they don't get canned, but not so good they don't get more work.

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