Friday, May 20, 2005

Would you be freaked out???

I have to start at the beginning with this, so bear with me. Two days ago a gas company truck was across the street drilling for about 4 hours. Okay, no problem. The next day, they are there again, at a different spot, drilling and digging. I finally ask them "What's up?". They tell me there's a series of gas leaks, nothing to be alarmed at. Now, I a bit freaked cause they've been drilling, digging and doing other stuff for two days now and gas leaks are usually dangerous, right? Anyway, they explain to Elena (we're waiting for the bus) that a van with a blue light and funny cones on it drives around to sense gas leaks. She giggles and asks if it can find her butt? They're amused, but I'm still weirded out by the entire thing. Of course, later she asks me, serious as can be, if the van will be able to detect her farts.

Fast forward to this afternoon. It's pouring freaking rain and windy as all get out and I am standing across the street waiting for her bus. I have an umbrella up and I hear this freaky noise behind me. I turn around, nothing. I hear it again, but it's from above. I see this white light, not the kind that is beckoning you to come to it either. The damn electric wire above my head is arcing, sparking and glowing white. I run across to my house and keep watching. It's keeps doing it, but nothing is touching it or anything. Now, I am a bit worried it's coming down on me and I won't be able to get out if it's way. I walk a ways up and wait for the bus further up the street nervous as hell.

Anyway, I call the electric company and they will send someone else, but tell me this is a common occurrence during rain storms with wind. I am 40 years old and have seen a lot of rain storms with wind and never, ever saw this common occurrence before. She asks if anything is touching it. I tell her no, it doing it sporadically on it's own. She's sending someone right out.

What about the gas leaks and the sparking wire? Is this a potential scary thing. I'm freaked out and won't leave the house. Yes, we have a gas stove and dryer here. Shit, I hate when I don't understand how things work and men telling me it's nothing and not to worry.



ThreeOliveMartini said...

omg .. laughing at the fart detection..

would still be a little concerned aobut the whole electricity gas thing but not overly ..

Kari said...

ROFL @ the fart detector.
Reminds me of a boy I went to school with who would light his farts on fire.

I would call the gas co and ask them whether there is concern about the electric line. Generally if it is a big enough leak to cause concern like fire/explosion they would be all over 24/7 to find it.

Wendy said...

I would be worried too, but I wonder if that is because commen sense tells us that "Open sparking + gas leak = huge explosion?" Hopefully the storm will pass and no more arcing and you will not see any vans w/ flashing blue lights and diggers.

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