by Anura Guruge
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This, for us in Alton, served by PSNH as opposed to the Electric Co-Op, was the longest outage in many a year. It was a humdinger. 26 hours over Thanksgiving. But it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. For that I am thankful. That I was lucky enough to have two working generators, that chugged away, non-stop for hours, much to my amazement, certainly helped. It would have been very different if NOT for the two generators. When they are going 70% of the house has power and we have heat, oven, microwave and running water. So cooking a full Thanksgiving dinner with Turkey and Ham was not a challenge. All the outlets don’t work so the toaster oven was not operational but that was not a big deal since the big oven was on all day.
The last PSNH outage, in Alton, that I am aware of was on June 18, 2014. So that was 161 days previously. The one prior to that was on November 27, 2013. Fancy that, PSNH outages on November 27 two years running!
So in away we really can’t complain. Yes, I was miffed. I am always miffed when we lose power. Can’t help it. I am not sure that a 26 hour outage was warranted. But at least we got power back before we had to spend a 2nd night without power.
I am always much more sanguine once the power comes on and I find everything, especially the Internet connections, are back to normal. I am nowhere close to as livid as I was say at 2pm on Thanksgiving Day. That said I was pretty cool all day — once I went and got 14 gallons of gas, in 2 trips, to make sure that we had enough juice to go through a second day. I spent much of the day either reading or shoveling snow — both activities I enjoy. I had the Turkey in the over by 9 am and the ham didn’t require that many hours.
The power has flickered a few time since. That makes me jittery. But I am OK.
It was a memorable Thanksgiving thanks to the storm and the outage. All in all it was not bad at all. We had fun. The relatives arrived, slightly ahead of schedule. That was fun. They brought me a TON of good wine! I haven’t tapped into them yet but they will get drunk.
This was the longest run for our 2 generators. They exceeded my expectations. I am impressed. That was a lot of work for them. Hopefully they can have a long break before I need to use them in anger again.