Big Unexpected expenditures

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Registered: 05-15-2001
Big Unexpected expenditures
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Fri, 11-16-2012 - 9:07am

Boy, do I have a doosie!  It will take me for awhile, and it's early (for me).  This is the first time that I have been able to sign in in days.  I'll be back later; in the meantime, if you have a story to tell, please do!

pinchpenny2000
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Registered: 05-15-2001
Mon, 11-26-2012 - 7:45pm
Thank you for sharing your story with us. You were so correct to get out of your home before the hurricaine hit. We've been near the Gulf when a storm was coming, and the change in the barametric pressure woke both of us from a sound sleep. We were staying at a nice motel, but didn't want to take any chances. We left before the real evacuation began, so we got home safely. Shelters are hardly any place for anyone to be, but it would be especially difficult for someone who is elderly. You were so fortunate to find a place in a hotel, and although the $400 would be hard to part with, in that case, it was well spent. At least, your son realized how devistated you will be for a long time. Our relatives, who live near the shore, have been through some horrible storms. Somehow, they make their way back to living a seemingly normal life. Many of them have lost precious items and pictures. Other family members try to gather photos to renew the lost ones, but there are some that can never be recovered. Best wishes to you, and all who care for you.
pinchpenny2000
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Mon, 11-26-2012 - 12:03pm

wow. first let me say that I am so sorry this has happened and yes that is quite a bit of money you had to spend.

I have something but way less than that.. When hurricane Sandy hit we had to be evacuated because we live right near the water.. There was nowhere to go except a shelter and I had to take my 89 year old mother with me.. So I spent 400 dollars in a hotel for four days only and I took that money out of my savings which I didnt really want to at the time.. but what were the choices.. I could have either stayed home and maybe died or drowned or went to HS shelter and my sis couldnt care less what me and my mom did.We all unfortuantely live together due to finances..

Anyway;; Thank goodness my son and his gfriend let us stay at their house for a month because back home there was no power and no heat nor water and nothing.. Total devastation.. Thank goodness our home is okay and I should be greatful that I only spent 400 but it was alot of money to me and without working its tough.. Anyway;; Life throws curveballs and its sad but it is what it is.

Take Care

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Sun, 11-25-2012 - 7:52pm
As you might be able to tell from the typos, this was cut from a letter to relatives. Please excuse the 'be' instead of 'me'; and, the small pick-up truck which had a small winch and cable. The range came late yesterday, the dishwasher had been delivered Wednesday; the installer said that it would not fit in the opening where the old one had been. Even though I had ordered the same model, he insisted that it wouldn't fit. I might have to get a friend who has a construction business to bring his Sawsall (sp?) to saw the old one out, remove some tiles from the floor and hope that gives enough room. Yikes!
pinchpenny2000
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Registered: 05-15-2001
Sun, 11-25-2012 - 7:39pm

 

On Nov. 1, the transformer between our house and the house at 17 exploded because of squirrels gnawing on the cable. Our neighbor came over, and I was the one to call the Power Co. to give the location and the account number for our house. The neighbor never called. The lineman came out and drove into her driveway and proceeded to fix the line into her house. They worked until about 2 am; then, they came over to see if we had lights. I thought we did, because the ones that were on at the time came back on. The lineman did go into the basement where the breaker box is located. We could smell a burning odor coming from the box and the old refrigerator, which still seemed to be working. The men just left, and didn’t do one thing to the line coming to our house. Before the lineman left, he gave me his business card and told me to call the claims office, which I did the next day. I got to speak to two different women, as the first one handed me off to the second one. The second one gave me the direct number to a woman who must have been a supervisor; I called the number several times and never got anything except a voice mail box.

In the meantime, I found that our microwave, stove, dishwasher, lights under the cabinets, the light at the bottom of the stairs, five ceiling light fixtures in the basement, the doorbells, and tonight the can opener do not work. The Power Co. is telling me that they won’t replace a thing: “Because the damage was caused by the squirrels.” We have been without the use of all of those things since Nov. 1.

Can you imagine trying to put on Depends, count out pills, administer them, put eye drops in Howard’s eyes (I’m used to putting them in mine), try to cook and clean with no lights, and no heat?

I wrote a letter to the Power Co. and explained that we were without service still.

The next day, I ran the letter off again, and noted that it was the second letter.

I was thinking of everything I could do, and nothing seemed to light a fire under them. Then, I had a brilliant flash, and decided to call our broker’s office, because if anyone could find the name of a ‘high mucky muck’ in the company, Glenda could. She knows how bad things are for us, and I knew she would help if possible.

She said that she wished that I had called a minute or two earlier, because someone had just left the office who would know what I wanted to know. Se said that she would call him, and asked if it would be OK to give that person our name, address and ‘phone number. Of course, that was just fine with me! It was not forty-five minutes later that the bucket truck pulled into our drive. The man got out of the truck and began to tell me that was the ONLY TRUCK available in the area.

This is one part that drives me up the wall; the guy got out of the truck and went over to talk to our neighbor! He and she stood and talked, and talked. I put on my maroon hoodie and walked out side and stood and paced around for a few minutes. I have to come inside every few minutes, because Howard gets anxious and begins to come looking for me. I did the walking around bit several times before the guy came over to the house. He said that it would be necessary to pull the truck into the yard, which would leave large divots. I said that was OK because we could not go without appliances or lights any longer! DUH!!! He did finally go about his work.

In the meantime, the painter, his wife, and son came for some touch-up work on the house. (I had finally decided that we had enough money to have the work done one last time before we die.) The lineman got down from the truck and stood around talking to all of us, while the painter finished his work. I wondered, but knew that he might be stuck with that heavy truck. The painter and family left. Then the lineman began talking to be as if it were all my fault that the squirrels had chewed on the line. He said that I shouldn’t feed the birds (I don’t except for humming birds), and I shouldn’t feed the dogs and cats outside (never did, even when we had them). A little while later, a Power Co. small pick-up truck came, which a small wench and cable on the front of it. Well, I could see in a minute they weren’t going to get anywhere with that, but they strung the cable out anyway, before they gave up.

Remember, I said that I was told that was the ONLY BUCKET TRUCK in the area, as a part of you are wasting our time and resources. Pretty soon, here comes another BUCKET TRUCK to pull the first one out.

I’m still without the use of my appliances and lights; it has been 24 days! They are telling me that it is not their fault! I had called an electrician the next day, and he went around and checked all of the sockets, and said something about the negative not being right, and the last thing that he asked before he left was the same thing that the first lineman said: “Do you have working smoke detectors??? 

 

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