This is exemplified by the solid stream of
power they give us at very affordable
rates. And my appreciation for BC Hydro
was confirmed by an outage that happened
at my home over the Christmas period.

The onset of the power outage was
nothing too unusual. I sat down in my
bedroom and turned on a space heater I
use to keep warm. Then suddenly the
heater turned off. At first I thought it may
have overheated but I saw that my
overhead light had gone dim as well. It
went from a big white glow to a faint
orange glimmer. Oh shit! I live in an older
house and one of my many fears is an
internal electricity outage due to wiring
problems. And I was fairly positive that’s
what had happened.

I started checking lights and outlets and
found that they all had a minuscule
amount of power coming through. I could
charge my phone in an outlet but there
wasn’t enough juice for my fridge. And
all the house lights had that same faint
orange glimmer.

But soon everything went completely
dead.

So I grabbed my cell phone and started
phoning around for an electrician. The
first company I called was one I’d used in
the past. However, their voice mail was
full so I couldn’t leave a message. Not a
good sign. Then I Googled “electricians”
on my phone and called the first company
that came up on my screen. I was elated
and a little surprised when someone
actually answered the phone considering
it was the day after Boxing Day.

I described what had happened and
amazingly within an hour, dusk quickly
stealing daylight out of the sky, the owner
himself (!) was at my home doing an
assessment of the situation. The first
thing I did was direct him to the smart
meter box which BC Hydro had already
told me needed to be replaced due to
extreme corrosion of the components. I
figured that box might very well be my
electrical problem right there. However,
he checked the box, and while it was
badly deteriorated, he determined that the
loss of power was coming from a point
prior to the smart meter.

He looked at the power line and surmised
that it was probably a tree or a branch
touching the wire that was causing the
problem. It puzzles me that power lines
are THAT sensitive to branches but
apparently they can be. I asked him if he
could recommend anyone to clear the
lines and he said yes. He said he would
organize the entire matter for me.

After he left he called me later on and
told me that everything was coordinated
and would go into play first thing the next
morning. A nice gesture was when he
offered to drive me to a hotel for the
night. I thanked him for his concern but
declined and spent the night at home in
chilly darkness.

And yes, at nine-thirty the next morning a
BC Hydro crew was turning off the power
to the line and inspecting the line; a tree
trimmer was cutting down the tree growth
around and along the line; and a young
hotshot electrician was tearing the old
smart meter box off the wall of my
house.

The trimmer was quite something to
behold. He was a rugged, Dolph
Lundgren-lookalike who would
effortlessly climb up trees with one hand
while holding a chainsaw in the other and
then skillfully slice through tree limbs
with one hand.

I was also very impressed with BC
Hydro’s efforts that day. After they
turned off the power they lowered the
line to the ground and were forced to
climb down a brush-filled bank to inspect
it. My rural property is a far cry from city
streets where lines are much easier to
access.

The final event of the operation had a
ceremonial feel to it. Apparently ONLY
BC Hydro is lawfully permitted to put a
smart meter into its base, electricians
aren’t allowed to without special
permission. So once all of the tasks were
completed -- the line inspected, pulled
back up and powered up again; the trees
all cleared away; the smart meter box
replaced -- a BC Hydro official was on
hand at my house to undertake the honor
of inserting the meter into the base.

The electrician and I stood watching in
silent anticipation as the Hydro official
checked the newly-installed circuitry
with a hand-held meter. Once that was
done, he pocketed the device and picked
the smart meter up off the ground and
carefully snapped and secured it into its
round hole. He studied the meter’s
readout for a few moments. Then without
a word he confidently stepped away from
the meter, informing me with just a
reassuring glance that power to my home
had been restored. The glory of success!

Incredibly, this was all completed by
about twelve o’clock noon.

This story has a small unexpected coda to
it. After the servicemen had departed, I
noted that BC Hydro’s big rig was still
parked at the top of my driveway a while
later. I found that odd but presumed they
were still completing their service of the
power line. The next thing that happened
was a young man came to my door. The
man wasn’t dressed in a uniform of any
kind so I was taken aback when he told me
he was a BC Hydro employee.

He politely informed me that their truck
had gotten stuck at the top of my
driveway. He said the truck was now
blocked from backing out by a gate post
at the entrance to my land. He explained
that the driver was reluctant to drive down
my driveway and turn around because it
appeared unsafe and that they’d rather
remove the gate post so they could back
out. He asked me for permission to take
out the post to allow the truck to leave
and assured me that BC Hydro would
replace the post within four days at the
latest.

Considering the above-and-beyond effort
they’d just put into restoring my
electricity, I felt horrible that they were
having difficulty departing. I said yes, go
ahead and take out the post. To tell you
the truth, I was so grateful for what was
done I probably would’ve agreed to pretty
well ANYTHING they asked for!
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Blessed are the electricity providers! I
use my space here to criticize the
government a lot but I do realize there
are many things they do exceedingly
well. One of those things is provide
electricity to us through public utilities
like BC Hydro. This is exemplified by
the solid stream of power they give us
at very affordable rates. And my appreciation for BC Hydro was confirmed by an
outage that happened at my home over the Christmas period.

The onset of the power outage was nothing too unusual. I sat down in my bedroom
and turned on a space heater I use to keep warm. Then suddenly the heater turned
off. At first I thought it may have overheated but I saw that my overhead light had
gone dim as well. It went from a big white glow to a faint orange glimmer. Oh shit! I
live in an older house and one of my many fears is an internal electricity outage due to
wiring problems. And I was fairly positive that’s what had happened.

I started checking lights and outlets and found that they all had a minuscule amount of
power coming through. I could charge my phone in an outlet but there wasn’t enough
juice for my fridge. And all the house lights had that same faint orange glimmer.

But soon everything went completely dead.

So I grabbed my cell phone and started phoning around for an electrician. The first
company I called was one I’d used in the past. However, their voice mail was full so
I couldn’t leave a message. Not a good sign. Then I Googled “electricians” on my
phone and called the first company that came up on my screen. I was elated and a
little surprised when someone actually answered the phone considering it was the day
after Boxing Day.

I described what had happened and amazingly within an hour, dusk quickly stealing
daylight out of the sky, the owner himself (!) was at my home doing an assessment of
the situation. The first thing I did was direct him to the smart meter box which BC
Hydro had already told me needed to be replaced due to extreme corrosion of the
components. I figured that box might very well be my electrical problem right there.
However, he checked the box, and while it was badly deteriorated, he determined that
the loss of power was coming from a point prior to the smart meter.

He looked at the power line and surmised that it was probably a tree or a branch
touching the wire that was causing the problem. It puzzles me that power lines are
THAT sensitive to branches but apparently they can be. I asked him if he could
recommend anyone to clear the lines and he said yes. He said he would organize the
entire matter for me.

After he left he called me later on and told me that everything was coordinated and
would go into play first thing the next morning. A nice gesture was when he offered
to drive me to a hotel for the night. I thanked him for his concern but declined and
spent the night at home in chilly darkness.

And yes, at nine-thirty the next morning a BC Hydro crew was turning off the power
to the line and inspecting the line; a tree trimmer was cutting down the tree growth
around and along the line; and a young hotshot electrician was tearing the old smart
meter box off the wall of my house.

The trimmer was quite something to behold. He was a rugged, Dolph Lundgren-
lookalike who would effortlessly climb up trees with one hand while holding a
chainsaw in the other and then skillfully slice through tree limbs with one hand.

I was also very impressed with BC Hydro’s efforts that day. After they turned off the
power they lowered the line to the ground and were forced to climb down a brush-
filled bank to inspect it. My rural property is a far cry from city streets where lines are
much easier to access.

The final event of the operation had a ceremonial feel to it. Apparently ONLY BC
Hydro is lawfully permitted to put a smart meter into its base, electricians aren’t
allowed to without special permission. So once all of the tasks were completed -- the
line inspected, pulled back up and powered up again; the trees all cleared away; the
smart meter box replaced -- a BC Hydro official was on hand at my house to
undertake the honor of inserting the meter into the base.

The electrician and I stood watching in silent anticipation as the Hydro official
checked the newly-installed circuitry with a hand-held meter. Once that was done, he
pocketed the device and picked the smart meter up off the ground and carefully
snapped and secured it into its round hole. He studied the meter’s readout for a few
moments. Then without a word he confidently stepped away from the meter,
informing me with just a reassuring glance that power to my home had been restored.
The glory of success!

Incredibly, this was all completed by about twelve o’clock noon.

This story has a small unexpected coda to it. After the servicemen had departed, I
noted that BC Hydro’s big rig was still parked at the top of my driveway a while later.
I found that odd but presumed they were still completing their service of the power
line. The next thing that happened was a young man came to my door. The man
wasn’t dressed in a uniform of any kind so I was taken aback when he told me he
was a BC Hydro employee.

He politely informed me that their truck had gotten stuck at the top of my driveway.
He said the truck was now blocked from backing out by a gate post at the entrance to
my land. He explained that the driver was reluctant to drive down my driveway and
turn around because it appeared unsafe and that they’d rather remove the gate post
so they could back out. He asked me for permission to take out the post to allow the
truck to leave and assured me that BC Hydro would replace the post within four days
at the latest.

Considering the above-and-beyond effort they’d just put into restoring my electricity,
I felt horrible that they were having difficulty departing. I said yes, go ahead and take
out the post. To tell you the truth, I was so grateful for what was done I probably
would’ve agreed to pretty well ANYTHING they asked for!

A few minutes later I heard the roar of a chainsaw cutting down my gate post. But
still the truck wasn’t able to get out. I watched from below as it struggled to move
back and forth in very small distances. Then they did what they said they didn’t want
to do -- they gave up on backing out and decided to venture down my driveway.
That truck was definitely one of the biggest vehicles I’ve ever seen go down that
road. But they made it all the way down and turned around and then sped back up the
driveway and left without any apparent problems.

And true to their word, a work crew was at my driveway the next morning to replace
the gate post they’d removed and by noon the gate had been nicely re-erected. You
just can’t beat that for trust.

There is a group of service providers that I feel often get taken for granted. Those
providers include the suppliers of food and transportation. It also includes the
suppliers of electricity. Electricity doesn’t seem like THAT big a deal while it’s
available but we’d be in BIG TROUBLE without it -- especially in the wintertime
when faced with cold weather!

The teamwork I saw that day, which was a coalition of government and civilian
individuals, was an immensely impressive display of workmanship and
professionalism. It was almost like watching a military action. Total excellence! To be
honest, I didn’t quite feel I was worthy of such support. It was truly humbling.
A few minutes later I heard the roar of a
chainsaw cutting down my gate post. But
still the truck wasn’t able to get out. I
watched from below as it struggled to
move back and forth in very small
distances. Then they did what they said
they didn’t want to do -- they gave up on
backing out and decided to venture down
my driveway. That truck was definitely
one of the biggest vehicles I’ve ever seen
go down that road. But they made it all
the way down and turned around and then
sped back up the driveway and left
without any apparent problems.

And true to their word, a work crew was
at my driveway the next morning to
replace the gate post they’d removed and
by noon the gate had been nicely re-
erected. You just can’t beat that for trust.

There is a group of service providers that
I feel often get taken for granted. Those
providers include the suppliers of food
and transportation. It also includes the
suppliers of electricity. Electricity
doesn’t seem like THAT big a deal while
it’s available but we’d be in BIG
TROUBLE without it -- especially in the
wintertime when faced with cold weather!

The teamwork I saw that day, which was a
coalition of government and civilian
individuals, was an immensely impressive
display of workmanship and
professionalism. It was almost like
watching a military action. Total
excellence! To be honest, I didn’t quite
feel I was worthy of such support. It was
truly humbling.
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