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Old 11-05-2012, 08:58 AM
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I'm at 163 Hours 27 Minutes without electricity. My son has strep-throat. My daughter is going stir-crazy. It's 40 degrees in the bedroom at night.

Worst of all is that my F30 is dirty, hasn't been washed in 10 days. The car wash that I trust just re-opened. No line. I want to wash Luxy but feel guilty.

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I'm at 163 Hours 27 Minutes without electricity. My son has strep-throat. My daughter is going stir-crazy. It's 40 degrees in the bedroom at night.

Worst of all is that my F30 is dirty, hasn't been washed in 10 days. The car wash that I trust just re-opened. No line. I want to wash Luxy but feel guilty.

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Old 11-05-2012, 09:29 AM
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I'm at 163 Hours 27 Minutes without electricity. My son has strep-throat. My daughter is going stir-crazy. It's 40 degrees in the bedroom at night.

Worst of all is that my F30 is dirty, hasn't been washed in 10 days. The car wash that I trust just re-opened. No line. I want to wash Luxy but feel guilty.

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Old 11-05-2012, 09:38 AM
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At least it will signal to your kids that things are slowly going back to normal, after this long without their video games, phones and other power eating gizmos they might find the field trip exciting.
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:43 AM
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I'm at 163 Hours 27 Minutes without electricity. My son has strep-throat. My daughter is going stir-crazy. It's 40 degrees in the bedroom at night.

Worst of all is that my F30 is dirty, hasn't been washed in 10 days. The car wash that I trust just re-opened. No line. I want to wash Luxy but feel guilty.

What should I do?

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what happened to your plan of going to hotel? I thought you had that setup BJ. Man I can't even imagine being without electricity that long. Compared to you my issue is actually minor.

My CA is in NJ he was suppose to get the plates for my car by now. He just called he said he has the plates but not sure if he can get them to me by tomorrow. Temp plates expire tomorrow.
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By the way, I am really sorry to hear about this and hope everythng works out...

But again, why feel guilty? Everything else is out of your control. Do it!
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Agreed. Why feel guilty? You're paying for the wash, right? It's not like you're stealing some commodity that those affected by the storm need. Or am I missing something, here?
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I am at 161 hours without electricity myself (and the mayor lives across the street, so you know it's serious . A fireplace and a gas-fired water heater have, thankfully, kept the whole experience classifiable more as "substantial inconvenience" than "hardship." I am however eyeing the dwindling supply of clean clothing (or growing backlog of laundry, if you prefer) with increasing concern. In a few more days, steps must be taken, if only for the benefit of those downwind.

(Speaking of fireplaces: Are there none in the BJ estate? Is the hot water heater electric? Given recent temperatures I would have hoped you'd be a bit warmer. I hope service is restored to your area soon--I know some folks in Ramsey who came on line Saturday but the grid is such a patchwork right now, proximity is almost meaningless.)
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what happened to your plan of going to hotel? I thought you had that setup BJ. Man I can't even imagine being without electricity that long. Compared to you my issue is actually minor.

My CA is in NJ he was suppose to get the plates for my car by now. He just called he said he has the plates but not sure if he can get them to me by tomorrow. Temp plates expire tomorrow. :
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By the way, I am really sorry to hear about this and hope everythng works out...

But again, why feel guilty? Everything else is out of your control. Do it!
First off, thank you everyone for the well wishes. We are four hours shy of a full week without electricity now. Unbelievable.

We are fortunate that our 100-year-old house has gas. So we have a gas fireplace designed for power outages, gas to cook on the stove, and gas to heat the water. Overall or not as bad off some other people. That said, with four kids we are seriously getting on each others nerves crammed into one room around the warm fireplace. The rest of the house is below 40° at this point.

I can understand that the storms magnitude meant that we'd be without power for a while. And while not hit as badly as people in coastal areas, it's still rather ridiculous that it takes seven full days for even the first sign of our power company to pay our town a visit.

My license plate has an even number, so tomorrow I will try to get gas for the first time. Not looking forward to those lines. After the gas is in, I'll go get the car wash. Luxy deserves a visit to the beauty parlor after all the service she's provided this week.

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+1. I did that Saturday, not least to give the neighbors an opportunity to have a much-needed laugh at the expense of "that nut who's always washing his BMW."

I am at 161 hours without electricity myself (and the mayor lives across the street, so you know it's serious ). A fireplace and a gas-fired water heater have, thankfully, kept the whole experience classifiable more as "substantial inconvenience" than "hardship." I am however eyeing the dwindling supply of clean clothing (or growing backlog of laundry, if you prefer) with increasing concern. In a few more days, steps must be taken, if only for the benefit of those downwind.

(Speaking of fireplaces: Are there none in the BJ estate? Is the hot water heater electric? Given recent temperatures I would have hoped you'd be a bit warmer. I hope service is restored to your area soon--I know some folks in Ramsey who came on line Saturday but the grid is such a patchwork right now, proximity is almost meaningless.)
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I'm at 163 Hours 27 Minutes without electricity. My son has strep-throat. My daughter is going stir-crazy. It's 40 degrees in the bedroom at night.

Worst of all is that my F30 is dirty, hasn't been washed in 10 days. The car wash that I trust just re-opened. No line. I want to wash Luxy but feel guilty.

What should I do?

BJ
You should not feel guilty at all. Spending money and consuming is an important part of the economy. If nobody goes to the car wash then the owner won't have any money to spend on the things he normally does. Its a vicious cycle.

If you have the means to get your car washed and they have the means wash your car then go for it.
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On Sunday morning, we called the house from our hotel and found out the power was back up, since the phone machine started working. We checked Con Eds online listing, and it still showed outages in our area. We checked out of the hotel and came home, and it was a real pleasure just having electric and heat and stuff. Then, this morning, while my wife was out checking the mailbox, a ConEd guy in a van asked her if we had power.

My wife was not excessively polite about telling him that yeah, it came on sometime while we were away.

We are still awaiting the robo call that our power was back on.

Con Ed really dropped the ball up here in Westchester.
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Why would you take a BMW to a car wash? Free swirl marks with every wash??

I've got a CR Spotless Water system, it deionizes the water. Just use a microfiber mitt, horizontal directional motion, one-way, like as if you were painting. Wash mitt while you're making passes, so no dirt buildup on mitt. No soap, just water to get dirt off with mitt, then the deionized water to spray off "dirty" water. It air dries with no water spots, any spots are from the "dirty" water that wasnt deionized, or you missed a spot cleaning.

I bought the system from Costco, but you can buy it straight from the company, as with the refills. Easily cheaper than going to a carwash, and I know some buffoon didn't scratch or **** my car up in the process.
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On Sunday morning, we called the house from our hotel and found out the power was back up, since the phone machine started working. We checked Con Eds online listing, and it still showed outages in our area. We checked out of the hotel and came home, and it was a real pleasure just having electric and heat and stuff. Then, this morning, while my wife was out checking the mailbox, a ConEd guy in a van asked her if we had power.

My wife was not excessively polite about telling him that yeah, it came on sometime while we were away.

We are still awaiting the robo call that our power was back on.

Con Ed really dropped the ball up here in Westchester.
Maybe I'm dense, but I'm not quite understanding how they "dropped the ball". You, along with millions of other people just went through the storm of the century, leaving billions of dollars in damages, millions of trees downed, floods and all other sorts of mayhem. In spite of all of this, they got your electricity back in something like 6 days. That strikes me as nearly miraculous. We had a week long power outage here last summer caused by a 5 minute long severe thunderstorm accompanied by a strong microburst. It took crews from 8 states almost 2 weeks to fix all the damage. I can't imagine what they're dealing with on the east coast right now.
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Maybe I'm dense, but I'm not quite understanding how they "dropped the ball". You, along with millions of other people just went through the storm of the century, leaving billions of dollars in damages, millions of trees downed, floods and all other sorts of mayhem. In spite of all of this, they got your electricity back in something like 6 days. That strikes me as nearly miraculous. We had a week long power outage here last summer caused by a 5 minute long severe thunderstorm accompanied by a strong microburst. It took crews from 8 states almost 2 weeks to fix all the damage. I can't imagine what they're dealing with on the east coast right now.
Your not dense. People are just plain frustrated. We lost power for 2 1/2 days in Clark,NJ and were very very happy to get it back on. Our beach house in Lavallette,NJ is another story,you can't get to it to see what the extent of the damage is do to road ca lapse and flooding. The only way we look at is it could be worse, some people don't even have a house.
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Saturday we finally got into Lavallette after more than a 3 hour wait in line to cross the Seaside Bridge. It was horrible to see the devastation in person and not on the news. There was rubble and furniture on all the curb sides. They wouldn't let anybody go down the streets in Ortley heading towards the ocean where the houses were totally destroyed. There were well over 100 police vehicles some from out of state even as far as TX. all along the way to stop people and looters from going down any of the streets. When we got to our place we REALLY lucked out, somebody up there was looking out for us. The only thing we had was a little bit of sand and the food that went bad in the refrigerator. Some houses had a few pieces of siding loose and some shingles missing. At the bottom of the street most all the cottages had watter damage. We were told that the gas won't be restored until some time in April and the electric sooner. Any way we got our place winterized and cleaned out the fridge in the little amount of time we had,we had to be out by 2 o'clock.
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Saturday we finally got into Lavallette after more than a 3 hour wait in line to cross the Seaside Bridge. It was horrible to see the devastation in person and not on the news. There was rubble and furniture on all the curb sides. They wouldn't let anybody go down the streets in Ortley heading towards the ocean where the houses were totally destroyed. There were well over 100 police vehicles some from out of state even as far as TX. all along the way to stop people and looters from going down any of the streets. When we got to our place we REALLY lucked out, somebody up there was looking out for us. The only thing we had was a little bit of sand and the food that went bad in the refrigerator. Some houses had a few pieces of siding loose and some shingles missing. At the bottom of the street most all the cottages had watter damage. We were told that the gas won't be restored until some time in April and the electric sooner. Any way we got our place winterized and cleaned out the fridge in the little amount of time we had,we had to be out by 2 o'clock.
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I'm terribly sorry about what happened to your town but am relieved for you that your place held up okay. What a terrible situation.

We were going to rent a home for a week down there this upcoming summer just to check it out, doesn't sound like that can happen now.

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Maybe I'm dense, but I'm not quite understanding how they "dropped the ball". You, along with millions of other people just went through the storm of the century, leaving billions of dollars in damages, millions of trees downed, floods and all other sorts of mayhem. In spite of all of this, they got your electricity back in something like 6 days. That strikes me as nearly miraculous. We had a week long power outage here last summer caused by a 5 minute long severe thunderstorm accompanied by a strong microburst. It took crews from 8 states almost 2 weeks to fix all the damage. I can't imagine what they're dealing with on the east coast right now.
I couldn't have said it better. The only person who rips the ass of the service guy who has probably been pulling 14 hour days for a week and hasn't seen his family, is someone who has never done a real job in their f*cking life.

The techs and engineers are those companies are pretty much killing themselves and want this fixed as badly as the homeowners (if not more). People should be a little more appreciative. If those guys become frustrated and stopped working so hard you wouldn't have power till Xmas.
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I couldn't have said it better. The only person who rips the ass of the service guy who has probably been pulling 14 hour days for a week and hasn't seen his family, is someone who has never done a real job in their f*cking life.
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I'll go a bit further. While it's inconvenient to have to stay in a hotel, away from home, there are thousands of people who don't have that option and are crammed into shelters right now... or worse, are still in their homes with plunging temperatures and no heat or power.

There are elderly people who are terrified not because they "lost power" and had to go stay at a hotel but because their homes are going to be labeled uninhabitable and they don't know where they are going to go.

People should be a little more thankful for how "bad" they have it compared to how bad others do.

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I couldn't have said it better. The only person who rips the ass of the service guy who has probably been pulling 14 hour days for a week and hasn't seen his family, is someone who has never done a real job in their f*cking life.

The techs and engineers are those companies are pretty much killing themselves and want this fixed as badly as the homeowners (if not more). People should be a little more appreciative. If those guys become frustrated and stopped working so hard you wouldn't have power till Xmas.
We'd never voice any displeasure with any of the individual crews, those guys are heroes, they're risking their lives and really helping us out.

The issue is the management of the electric companies themselves. PSE&G, which is my utility company, is bragging about how they have 9,000 additional personnel working 24/7. Meanwhile, my neighborhood hasn't seen more than one crew in the past eight days, and in driving around the entire town the few crews that were assigned here are gone at 5PM.

Whoever is managing the utilization of existing and extended resources is totally dropping the ball. That's the issue, not the crews.

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Maybe I'm dense, but I'm not quite understanding how they "dropped the ball". You, along with millions of other people just went through the storm of the century, leaving billions of dollars in damages, millions of trees downed, floods and all other sorts of mayhem. In spite of all of this, they got your electricity back in something like 6 days. That strikes me as nearly miraculous. We had a week long power outage here last summer caused by a 5 minute long severe thunderstorm accompanied by a strong microburst. It took crews from 8 states almost 2 weeks to fix all the damage. I can't imagine what they're dealing with on the east coast right now.
By not knowing who had power and who did not, and having to send out someone to drive around.

They had almost no crews out here for the first 5 days. Our town had only one truck operating for the first 5 days, with all the local people being sent down to Manhattan.
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BJ. Hit the bricks and move the family up to a hotel somewhere in the Hudson Valley. We have gasoline, and I am sure you can find a room someplace. It is getting cold, man.
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BJ. Hit the bricks and move the family up to a hotel somewhere in the Hudson Valley. We have gasoline, and I am sure you can find a room someplace. It is getting cold, man.
Trust me, I'm going to give tonight's 28 degrees a try and make a decision tomorrow.

We own a beach house in Maine, can be up there in 5 hours, nice and warm, no charge. Problem is that the electric company keeps promising "tomorrow" as the restoration date and the kids go back to school on Wednesday.

Might do the Mahwah Sheraton if we can't take another night.

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Old 11-05-2012, 07:34 PM
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Originally Posted by boltjaM3s View Post
Trust me, I'm going to give tonight's 28 degrees a try and make a decision tomorrow.

We own a beach house in Maine, can be up there in 5 hours, nice and warm, no charge. Problem is that the electric company keeps promising "tomorrow" as the restoration date and the kids go back to school on Wednesday.

Might do the Mahwah Sheraton if we can't take another night.

BJ
Go to Mahwah, Maine is too far. It made a big difference to get the chill out of the body, and just be able to watch some stupid TV and lose the tension.
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