I mentioned on Twitter the other day that I lost power, and it’s actually quite a mess.
In New Orleans, the infrastructure here is old and poorly maintained. A woman driving normally down my street somehow happened to snag an old cable line that has hung loosely from a telephone pole across the street. It somehow got tangled in one of her wheels and pulling on that pulled on many other lines jumbled up with where that one originated.
Among them was the power line running to my house. It ripped one of the stems right from the house, and that’s why—as it turned out—I lost power.
The power company has come out and cut the wire entirely, and needs the owner of the property to replace that whole attachment before they will reattach.
I rent this home.
Further complicating matters is the fact that the energy company has said that all of the electric equipment on the side of the house is outdated and not up to code, and everything will need to be replaced before they will reconnect (it’s actually an old fuse box right now, and not circuit breakers).
The owner of the property is now (as I understand it) dealing with electricians and hopes to have someone out by tomorrow. So, in the best case scenario, I get power back on in a day or two. But at this point I don’t actually really know because an electrician hasn’t even yet been out (because it’s the weekend, and this is the Deep South).
Luckily, my neighbor has been kind enough to let me run a long extension cord to a plug on their property, and I am using that to keep my refrigerator on, and to charge mobile devices.
All of my work that I do is done on a desktop computer, and I can’t run all of that equipment off of this one extension cord. So, bear with me for moment until I figure out what’s what. If it’s going to take them a long time, I may need to physically move (if even temporarily) or something else that I cannot yet foresee. My ability to post articles will be limited for at least the next few days.
I apologize for this unfortunate turn of events.
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