By: Jason Colthorp
By: Jason Colthorp

Despite 3 days without power, I love the Consumers Energy guys. The Charter Cable guys... not so much.

Picture this:  It's dark and stormy.  Lightning is ripping through the sky followed by the thunder boomers.  The last place you'd find me is the top of a power pole, but that's exactly where one Consumers guy was Saturday.  He was working on restoring power knocked out from Friday's straight line winds that ripped up my subdivision in St. Johns pretty good.  It eventually came back on Monday afternoon, but those guys get more than an "A" for effort, they get my respect.

Charter Communications: You get my apathy.  Cable also went out Friday.  It's still out.  In fact, one neighbor was told when he called, "We don't work weekends."  Excuse me?  Well, I don't pay for weekends.  Charter loves its triple combo-- phone, Internet and cable package and when it's out-- it's all out.  I ran into two guys out in the sub Monday.  I asked if they were close to having it up and running.  One laughed and said, "It's all messed up.  It might be a while."  That was Monday.  Go back to Sunday when I called Charter and the guy in some other state told me it would be a minimum of two hours.  I said, "Minimum?  What's the maximum?"  Yeah, he couldn't tell me.  he also assured me they do work weekends if there's an outage.  Let me tell you, the guys I saw Monday hadn't worked over the weekend.


Power lines are down all over the state and the power companies are getting them up and running home by home, city by city.  The cable for one area is still out now going on two days after power was restored.  Power guys have half the state to worry about and you have one neighborhood.  Yeah, one neighborhood-- the city of St. Johns has cable. 

If this was a private blog there would be expletives littering this post.  Since it's not, let me just say this: Dish Network or DirecTV... here I come! 

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