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Edward Odell
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Dedication of our Op. 649 today. If it ain't ready by now....

Departing LGA for Syracuse. Giving a lecture tomorrow at AIO

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Day 6 without power at home. Fortunately was able to procure a 7500 watt generator Tuesday night at the Enfield Costco ($899) which has afforded us the luxuries of refrigeration, hot water and lights. Making do on the rest.

Getting the generator set up wasn't too difficult for me, but I did my homework and was very, very careful. I worry about people who aren't. I'm also concerned about people profiting from others desperation: take a quick look at listing for generators on craigslist if you don't believe me.

Tip: If you need a NEMA 14-30 twist lock plug (such as are used on the 220 outlets of most generators) you will be hard pressed to find one in any local hardware store or home depot anywhere in eastern CT. I was thus grateful to be able to order some parts I needed through my McMaster-Carr account and have them on hand the very next morning. Compared to CL & P's antediluvean use of information technology, it was a godsend, and a sad commentary on how some companies "get" customer service, while others languish in the past.

The quietude and darkness at home are easily accustomed to for me. Listen to NPM or flip my hotspot on my iPhone and I can do some basic web browsing; it is actually a surprisingly fast connection (when its working).

As I said in an earlier post, not really missing TV that much. Ours is the type of household where, but for the times we go to watch a movie or specific show in the living room, TV is basically background noise or a sort of sleeping pill. I can't say I miss the breathless talking heads at CNN or MSNBC much; once the weekend passed they basically forgot about Connecticut anyway. I have now read about halfway through the Henriques Maddoff book and Grant Aschatz's autobiography, as well as about a third of the way through a Richard Ford novel.

Came home last night to 2 CL & P Line crews working on the downed poles and wires in front of our home on Town Street, but our power is still out and they had not returned when I left for work at 8:30 this morning.

I was glad to see them, but last night they worked until about 6:30 and then quit for the day, leaving the work unfinished. I assume this is because of the 16 hour daily limit, and I totally understand the need for safety, but I can't help but wonder, does this include travel time? I am sure these guys are tired, but they had at least 90 minutes of daylight left and could have perhaps gotten more done. I seem to recall reading somewhere that after 16 straight hours they go into automatic double-time. You can't help but wonder if certain CL & P decisions regarding the management of this crisis are driven by economic concerns rather than safety.
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There's nothing quite like spending a few days without electricity to put modern life in perspective.

Strangely didn't miss tv that much.

More later.

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J.H. & C.S. Odell Opus 649, (2011) United Congregational Church, Orange, Connecticut:

http://www.odellorgans.com/Organs/NewInstruments/649.html
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Test gilding. Old zinc, new (Dutch) gold.
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The new shop is (mostly) up and running.
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Just a little weekend baking...
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