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Black-out

A third of the southern wing of my network is down tonight. From the pattern of the outage notification I got from NMS it looks like another power failure in the Wethersfield Ave. feeder. This, I have been told, is an old and creaky cable. When it gets cold -- or very hot -- loads go up and the cable tends to break. This happens at least a couple of times a season. It also happens in the lower Albay Ave area and North Main St.

I'll tell you this. If I were a ratepayer in Hartford, I'd be bloody pissed about the crappy infrastructure Connecticut Light & Power seems to think is acceptable. We were having problems like this in downtown Glastonbury about a decade ago. The businessmen and residents banded together and gave CL&P hell until they put in a new feeder. The same thing happened in Simsbury in the '90s as well.

Let's see, organized suburban white people get new, up-rated electric service. Brown and black people get to shiver in cold, dark buildings. You do the math.

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half_elf_lost
Dec. 3rd, 2007 05:37 am (UTC)
Given the public asswhupping CL&P has been taking, I can't think it would be that difficult for those neighborhoods to whip The Courant, Hizzoner, and other interested publicity-seeking partners into getting CL&P to commit to upgrading things.
netcurmudgeon
Dec. 4th, 2007 02:13 am (UTC)
You'd think. But there seems to be a level of apathy in that accepts these conditions. It's probably unfair of me to lay this entirely at CL&P's feet: a wheel needs to squeak before it gets greased.
thecoughlin
Dec. 3rd, 2007 09:29 am (UTC)
Sounds like the differnce between pharmacutical companies and drug dealers (at least according to Chris Rock, and I tend to agree).

Pharmacutical companies make white people rich, illicit drug trade makes brown people rich, hence its illicit.
netcurmudgeon
Dec. 4th, 2007 02:18 am (UTC)
Word.

Have you ever seen his "How not to get your ass kicked by the police"?
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