To The Laconia Daily Sun,
On November 26 at 1:30 a.m., my wife and I thought we had been struck with a bolt of lighting. As it turned out, a soft birch tree had fallen on the lines that carried our three services, power-TV-phone. It was reported immediately to PSNH, MetroCast and FairPoint. In addition to taking out our lines, the tree fell on the cars of two daughters and our granddaughter. One car had thousands of dollars in damage and the other a lesser amount. We all go out and started to clear the tree with loppers and saws and welcomed the arrival of our son and his chainsaw. We finally cleared the tree so that the wires could be reconnected.
Thanksgiving "dinner" was cooked on my Coleman stove on the back porch. It still worked after not being used for years. We only had a small fireplace for heat. Over three days, the house cooled down so much that the temperature in the garage was down to 38 degrees. (The garage is under the house.) That night I went to bed wearing a hooded sweatshirt. I hadn't had to do that since being in the scouts and family camping.
Thanksgiving dinner with the family had been postponed to Saturday at our daughter's in Goffstown. It was great that we could absorb some of the heat of her home become coming home. On arrival, there were lights on in the house. A PSNH repair crew had reconnected the power to the pole. Our sigh of relief was short-lived. They had to return Monday because a wire had slipped out of the connector on the house. So far, so good.
A couple of days later, the wiring for the TV was reattached at the house. Service had not been interrupted because the wire had had enough slack in it and was able to absorb the shock of the tree. As far as our phone lines are connected we have not had local, long distance, and computer access to the Internet. I have had a cell phone for emergency calls, ect. During this time I have had a "Part D" prescription problem which I have been trying to resolve since November 10. Having to use my cell phone all this time I have put in four times the amount of money that it would normally have cost. In order to compensate minimizing phone use, I have driven around enough that I used up and equivalent amount of gas.
It's unfortunate that both parties in the FairPoint negotiations have not been able to call a temporary truce, get their butts in gear and care of "their" customers. Recently, there was a little clip on TV that I wish they all might have seen. If they had, all of us that have this problem would be up and running. It was about a point, during WWI, that German and American soldiers called a TRUCE, at Christmas. To celebrate the birth of Christ. Can it be that they were more intelligent in that time? Seems that "compromise" is a dirty word these days.
Other than working through being hit by two different cars, in two weeks, where both impacted the same point on the car — as it was parked in the same place, I believe that this too will pass.
P.S. - Two weeks to the day, there is a technician reconnecting our phone line. All is well, again. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to tall!
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