three cheers for PG&E!
PG&E == "Pacific Gas & Electric," aka "the power company". The power tends to go out here at the ol' homestead. It went out yesterday morning, prompting me to actually pack up and go to the office to work (the horror!). Then tonight at 7:26 it went out again. No worries, I just got my spotlight flashlight and...the battery promptly died. So, I got dressed (yes, I was in PJs at 7:30pm) by computer light (it
has a working battery), called to report the outage, and headed to the store to buy a battery (and a candle, for backup).
By the time I got back 15 minutes later, the PG&E guy was waiting at the gate to be let in. What service! He fixed the issue (something with a transformer, he thinks our particular transformer is giving up the ghost) and all is back to well...in less than an hour! I went outside to say thank you, but he had already moved on. Too bad, because I'm sure they don't get thanked enough.