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Interesting nuggets from the subscriber contract

Distinguished Professor III

Re: Interesting nuggets from the subscriber contract


@MarkJFine wrote:

I've had to restock a full refrigerator quite a number of times over the past year or two.


Earlier this year, or late last year, we had an outage that lasted nearly a day and a half.  Not that long, but when it comes to food in cold storage, that's the end.  I ended up having to restock everything in my fridge and chest freezer.  And the worst part is that I had just gone shopping two days beforehand.  The chest freezer was stocked very well.  Smiley Sad  


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Professor

Re: Interesting nuggets from the subscriber contract

" imagine giving a full-up ops briefing after you've bathed using 16oz water bottles and shaved via flashlight. "

 

But you have a captive audience, right? they can't leave. Smiley Happy  (Edit: so at least you're not alone in your misery...)

Professor

Re: Interesting nuggets from the subscriber contract

Yes, I had the same experience of having just restocked everything when the refrigerator died.  These things always happen at the worst time. 

 


@GabeU wrote:


Earlier this year, or late last year, we had an outage that lasted nearly a day and a half.  Not that long, but when it comes to food in cold storage, that's the end.  I ended up having to restock everything in my fridge and chest freezer.  And the worst part is that I had just gone shopping two days beforehand.  The chest freezer was stocked very well.  Smiley Sad  


 

Senior Instructor

Re: Interesting nuggets from the subscriber contract

Oooooh... I remember two big NYC blackouts: The first was 1965? We were living in an apartment complex in South Queens that had their own power generation. It was awesome to look out the window and see darkness all the way to JFK.

 

The second I would have to say was 1977, because it was in that ESPN Yankees doc. Dunno about cookouts, but there was a lot of looting that night. I just remember it because I was on my way to see Todd Rundgren at the Asbury Park Convention Center, and there were zero NYC FM radio stations on the air.


* Disclaimer: I am a HughesNet customer and not a HughesNet employee. All of my comments are my own and do not necessarily represent HughesNet in any way.
Professor

Re: Interesting nuggets from the subscriber contract

I think the one I remember was the one in the 70s, and yes, there was a lot of looting, but also oddly, a lot of community spirit.  I was in Manhattan at the time, and the cookouts were surreal but also very cool. And yes, seeing NYC without lights was also surreal. 

 

Edit: I also remember a big outage in the early 2000s. 2003??

Edit number deux:  The 1965 outage

Distinguished Professor III

Re: Interesting nuggets from the subscriber contract

We got VERY lucky during the 2003 Northeast Blackout.  We were one of the few areas that was not affected.  Smiley Happy   There were folks less than three miles from here that had no power for nearly two days.  


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Professor

Re: Interesting nuggets from the subscriber contract

Clearly services love you. Smiley Wink

 


@GabeU wrote:

We got VERY lucky during the 2003 Northeast Blackout.  We were one of the few areas that was not affected.  Smiley Happy   There were folks less than three miles from here that had no power for nearly two days.  


 

Senior Instructor

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I think I vaguely remember that one because of Gulf II... I think that was supposedly caused by the load being too high on account of being a real hot day, made more complicated by a solar flare that impacted the way the grid switched.

 

Edit: Almost got it right. Software glitch, not a solar flare.


* Disclaimer: I am a HughesNet customer and not a HughesNet employee. All of my comments are my own and do not necessarily represent HughesNet in any way.
Professor

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OR...it may have been those wascally Wussians.

 


@MarkJFine wrote:

 

Edit: Almost got it right. Software glitch, not a solar flare.


 

Distinguished Professor III

Re: Interesting nuggets from the subscriber contract


@maratsade wrote:

Clearly services love you. Smiley Wink

 


I wish that were the case.  Because of living on the side of a large ridge that faces Lake Erie, which is about ten miles away, we get hammered with wind storms and terrible lake effect snow.  Our power goes out, on average, about four or five times a year.  It's not usually out for more than a few hours, but it's very annoying, especially when it happens during extremely cold or or horridly hot weather. 

 

My folks are lucky in that they have a floor furnace in their living room.  It doesn't need power, so they still have heat, and the thermostat is a millivolt thermostat, running off of power generated by a thermopile unit over the pilot on the furnace.  Me, OTOH...  I end up using my oven and stove, but if it lasts more than an hour or so I turn them off because of the carbon monoxide danger and break out the kerosene heater.  It works, but for my little house it's overkill, and I have to open windows to regulate the temperature, lest it get to the 80s or 90s in here, even when it's -10F outside.  I'm going to be getting one of those propane Buddy heaters this fall.  That will be better.  


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