Hey, guys - where is everyone? What are you doing these days?
I'll start off: I attended the FMCA (Family Motorcoach Assn) Octoberfest rally last weekend and had a great time! Didn't know a soul there, but invited myself to sit at a different table for each meal or event and almost every person I asked invited me to sit with them. I got to talk with about a dozen different couples that way. Weather was perfect. New cat, Elsa, not so perfect on the ride over, but once settled she enjoyed sitting by the screen door watching the world go by. It's gonna be interesting traveling anyplace with her!
Weather took a nosedive this Wednesday and we got cold and rain. Got up and flipped my thermostat to heat and - - - - nothing! Furnace wouldn't come on! Well, back in July an energy company came and checked over my furnace/AC system and installed a new (free) motor. The service was free and sponsored by our electric and gas companies. I believe they must have turned something off or disconnected something. So I called them. Gal said she'd check with a tech and call me back. Waited all day. Finally called them back at 3:00. Gal said a tech would be here between 8-10 next morning. Brrrr. Cold night. Skipped my Knit Club next morning and waited. Tech never showed. Called them again. Put on hold AGAIN. Gal finally said a differenet tech would be there betwen 3-5 p.m. He never showed. Too late to call anywhere after 5:00. Another cold night. Got up Friday and it was so cold. Temperature in the house barely gets into the 60's. I was so upset. Cancelled plans for that day, too, and dug out my furnace's manual. There's an 8-step process to turning it on. First step is to disconnect the electrical to the unit. Then be sure gas is off. I don't have a pilot light - electronic ignition. Heck, I don't dare fool around with natural gas! Called the gas company. Told gal the story. Who do I complain to? How do I get my furnace ON?! She never heard of this sponsored program. Put me on hold. Came back and said oh, yes, it was an energy program. I KNOW THAT - HOW DO I GET THE D--- FURNACE ON?!? She asked if I wanted to schedule a tech to come out. YES. First appointment is Oct. 29 - three weeks away! I started to cry. I'm so cold. And frustrated. It was 61 degrees in here. Can't shower. I'm driving down to the clubhouse/pool to use those showers. Even if it warms up outside, it stays very cold inside. Gal wasn't very sympathetic. "There are a lot of people who scheduled early and they are ahead of you". I would have scheduled if I knew the darn thing didn't work!!! Heck, a week ago I was using the A/C! "Well, do you want the appointment or not?" So, I scheduled the appointment. It's nicer out the rest of the week, but still only 65 inside. I figure I'll do a lot of cooking in the oven to warm it up in the evenings. Do a lot of shopping and go to the movies or something on cold days. It bugs me because I just know it's a darn on/off switch or something, but don't want to blow my house up trying to turn it on!
What ever happened to service? The joys of living in a crowded area where they have laid off so many public servants and employees.