No, that's not a typo. Just to make sure you read it the first time, I'll repeat it here.
Yes, fuck them. Hard. No lubricant.
(Can you tell? I'm a little pissed right now.)
I came home tonight to find that my power was off and my UPSes were beeping at me. Puzzled, I checked my neighbors. They all had power. So I figured my breakers had tripped for some reason. I grabbed a flashlight and went to investigate. They were fine.
I sat down and ate my dinner (Chinese to go) by candle light. Of course, I had to find the candles first. Then I grabbed the phone book to call my local power monopoly. I explained the problem and the conversation went something like this.
Me: Hi. I just came home and found that my power is off.
Moron: Did you pay your bill?
Me: Yes, I'm pretty sure I did. But I can't tell you for sure. I use an on-line bill payment service and have for about a year and a half. And, well, my power is off--as you know. (I've since confirmed with BillPay that the payment went out as normal.)
Moron: What's your address.
(I tell him my address and he puts me on hold.)
Moron: Your service was turned off for non-payment.
Me: (Quite surprised.) What?! Well, can you turn it back on? I certainly have the money to pay whatever it is you think that I owe.
Moron: No, you'll need to take this up with billing in the morning.
Me: I called for emergency service and you're refusing to re-activate my power? Would you like to pay for the $100 of food that's going to spoil in my refrigerator?
Moron: Sir, you'll need to talk to billing at 8am tomorrow. (It was 7:30pm when I called.)
Me: Can you at least tell me when my power was shut off? I want to know if I should risk opening the refrigerator.
Moron: I have no idea.
Needless to say, I'm very pissed off. According to my records, they got their payment on-time. Did I get a threatening letter in the mail?
Did I get a threatening phone call?
Where do these assholes get off doing this?
I ended up driving up to Fry's to buy a 50 foot extension cord. I plugged it into the shared laundry room and used to power my refrigerator, one light, my DSL modem, and a laptop.
I'm really starting to wonder why I bother living here at all. I pay $1,400 a month (twice the monthly payments on my old house) and for what? To deal with really bad traffic, moronic utility companies, and countless other bullshit.
Oh, that's right. I came out here to work at a company that has since forgotten how to innovate and take risks. Yippie.
Maybe I should start looking for a job somewhere that I can actually afford to live. It's not like I get paid enough to make up for the fact that a house here would cost me at least $500,000. Not even close.
At least somewhere else I'd have some room and maybe more of a life outside of work.
Posted by jzawodn at September 24, 2002 09:31 PM