Behind my house, on a large hill are two poles. One pole carries the electrical cable and the cable-modem/tv cables. The other (smaller) pole carry the phone lines. Both started leaning this summer and the wires that go to my house (and my neighbor’s) are now hanging about 7 feet above the ground. I can reach up and touch 'em. The power line is also tangled up with the phone line, 'cause there’s so much slack.
The way the two poles are leaning is like this:
Power–> // <–phone
The phone company (rightly) can’t/won’t fix their pole because A) they can’t straighten out their pole until the power company fixes theirs (the power company’s pole is in the way) and B) They don’t wanna fuck around with their wires when they’re tangled with the power companies’ (and I don’t blame 'em).
The power company, however, point blank refuses to go out and fix their pole until the phone company fixes theirs. They say that if they straighten up their pole, they’ll pull the phone company’s wires out of my house, ignoring the fact that it’s on a seperate pole (which, “by law” :rolleyes: they can’t touch). But, even though I’ve got electrical wires laying across a lattice patio roof (imagine a horizontal trellis), it’s “No big deal 'cause the pole is in no danger of falling and it’s no biggie to have wires laying on your roof.” (???!!! :eek: ) And I’ve been told this by half-a-dozen people, so it’s not just one idiot.
I’ve called, I’ve yelled, I’ve written letters. Nothing. I’m ->[sub][sub]thisclose[/sub][/sub]<-- from yanking the fucking wires out and saying “I’m without power. Now fix it, dammit.”
I’m being bounced back and forth between the two companies and I’m getting nowhere and, short of going to their offices and taking hostages, I’m not sure where to go next, but I wanted to vent. Dammit.
What’s really gonna be fun is this winter, when one of the lines comes down and the pole is unclimbable (because it’s leaning so steeply) and they’ll have to try to put in the pole in a blizzard.