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On A GAS Meter
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Fern(Mi)    Posted 01-27-2005 at 04:52:38       [Reply]  [No Email]

Soon after having been tricked into giving up my freedom naturally a nest to be lined with love had to be considered. In togetherness a honeymoon cottage was built. We lived there for seven years. Outgrowing it we updated a well aged Victorian Christmas House moving in and living there for another twenty-eight years. The family satellites well grown and on their own. The Christmas house grown empty, the honeymooners move back into the cottage.
In a matter of weeks, what with changing seasons, memories of old including the effects the fireplace had had on these entwined hearts, we were once again heating the honeymoon cottage with the fireplace. While it was not wholly efficient, it was cost effective and relatively cozy. Specially two people sharing the same warmth. Here in these walls there was continued happiness regardless what was going on outside.
Thanksgiving come and gone as well as Christmas. The oldest children marvel at how much smaller this house seems to them than they had remembered. While outside into a New Year the gas company had already changed our gas meter twice last Fall are bothering us to do it again. Changing meters three times, by this time, I had considered the Gas Company had some problems. A few more days/a week or two/or three, I didn’t keep tract, I knock comes at the door. Opening it, I see a suit standing outside looking me nastily in the eye, opening his mouth…..
Behind him I see a shinny new automobile, behind that I see a Gas Company truck, in my driveway a cop car, and the suit speaks, “Tell us how you’re stealing our gas, and maybe we wont prosecute!!!”
The whole picture had instantaneously registered, with this jerk’s flapping jaw. The suit some sort of heavy lawyer or detective, the Gas Company personal ready to disconnect our natural gas source+, and last but not least the cop’s presents to intimidate me.
There was no measure the fury rising within me. Had he had so much as lifted one finger to me I might have ripped his head off and stuffed inside his suit coat. I stood tall, proud, mad as Hcll right into his face, for those faces with ears inside their vehicles, any neighbor with an open door to hear, I hollered load enough this stuffed shirt in a suit could hear me good, “YOU A$$HOLE! Turn you’re ais around and tell me what you see under my yard’s pine tree!”
Surprised as Hcll, my demeanor, he turned, and spoke, “Just some wood.”
“Just some wood?” I asked. “That wood is what’s left of three cords of fire wood I’m heating this house with.”
Then the suit says, “You can’t do that!”
“The hell I can’t. Where’s the law written I have to burn all the gas you expect me too.”
“I’ll warm myself as I see fit, and you can get your ais off my property before I find a lawyer with good reason to sue you and your principles for something.
I must have vibrated around our cottage for a couple hours before settling down. If anyone should have burst a blood vessel that day, it might have been me.
Fernan


John D. Smith    Posted 01-28-2005 at 12:16:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
When the a**holes show up at the door, listen real carefully, because they said this:Tell us how you steal our gas and we won't prosecute. There is a lot of info in that message. Like we don't know how you are stealing, but if you tell us, we will use it in the future to throw people like you in jail. And, if they don't know how you are stealing, they don't have any evidence to prosecute anyone!!! Being a stubborn, obnoxious kind of person when confronted by athority, I would have said "If you're smart enough to think I steal gas, then see if you're smart enough to find out how I do it. Then come back and I'll show you how wrong you are."


toolman    Posted 01-27-2005 at 10:11:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
they charge us a monthly fee for the meter , deliverly cost via the pipeline, plus the cost for the gas. you should have taken him up on the offer and negogated a deal,i,ll tell you my secrwet for a fee or free gas for life(course i have that now, just the wrong kind) and then pointed to the wood pile lol.anybody know how these meters work, i think mines broke or soon gonna be and i just might to fix it myself cause when i call i get a machine most times and when i did get thourh i seem to have gotten someone who knows little of the english language again.


bob ny    Posted 01-27-2005 at 07:27:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
in nys the power company charges a different rate for those who use gas for heat and those who don't therfore they are intitled to know if youy heat with wood so you will be charged accordingly


Patria    Posted 01-27-2005 at 07:01:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Carajo Fern!! what a backtrip with this wonderful story..you build it up like a fine crescendo...the honeymoon cottage, the Victorian Christmas House, family, love, romance...and then.. BANG!! the gas meter vs. the usual suspects!! heheh

You'll get it together, though. :-)


Mudcat49    Posted 01-27-2005 at 05:10:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would git a lawyer and go after those A$$holes!
This happened to me several years ago. I had been using this one Fertilizer co. and had switched to another and had raised a beautiful crop of sweet corn. Someone was stealing fertilizer from co. #1's tanks. The reps and the cops from fert. co #1 came by and said since I had such a good crop and hadn't bought any fert from them then I must be the one stealing from them. WRONG. I went to my desk and produced the bills from fert co #2 and then told those a$$holes to git moving before I filled them with buckshot.


Betty Oh    Posted 01-27-2005 at 06:25:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
My son heats with wood and the gas co is at his house 3 to 4 times a yr to find out why his gas bill is only 8 dollars. He just takes them to the basment and shows them.


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