2017 Life Logs, Day 306: The Bad with the Good
Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017
Weather: Mostly Cloudy; High 66, Low 53 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA
The good for today is that just now Justin called to say that things are going along okay. I hadn’t heard from him since Monday, and nothing has changed, but they are hanging in there. Packages continue to arrive, but unfortunately two people at the local post office left and haven’t been replaced. So it now takes twice as long as before to wait in line to get packages.
The “happy, happy” that happened here yesterday with getting internet back, went pear-shaped today. The ‘bad’ for today happened early this afternoon. A bucket truck was heading down Falmouth Heights Road not seeing that the wires from the pole on one side of the street to the other are a little lower than they were before the storm. He snagged one of the wires and brought three poles down. I heard a loud noise when it happened, but didn’t know what it was. There are three poles on the property of The Studio. The one on the road is maintained by the power company, but the other two poles that snapped are the responsibility of the owner to replace. One of those poles stands just outside my kitchen window. Or at least it did stand there. Right now the whole pole is on the ground and wires are everywhere. I talked to the owner on the phone, but he has no idea when or how the poles will be replaced. So, until then, we have no electricity and no internet or cable. When I returned from an afternoon bike ride, the power company was already shoring up the pole on the street, but that only serves the people that live in the house out front. Now the rest of us here at The Studio have to figure out how to live without electricity for a few days. I have only two little solar lights, so I am headed out now to buy a lantern. Thankfully it is not the middle of the winter and we don’t need heat.
I’m sending this early as I am going out this evening. I’ll have to let you know about the play I am going to see tonight in tomorrow night’s log. And hopefully I’ll have a positive update on restoration of power and internet here. When I start to complain, I just have to take a deep breath and think about all of the people of Puerto Rico who have been without water, electricity, and any means of communication for over six weeks now. So hard and almost unbelievable.