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Monday, March 20, 2006

Remember the time....

Have you ever heard the adorable ramblings of older people reminisce about when they first started dating, or when they first got married, or first bought a house? They tell a funny story about something dumb they did because they didn't know any better, and "wow, weren't we innocent and dumb, but we had fun didn't we? Oh those were the days weren't they?"

And it's adorable, and you think to yourself, "I hope we're like that when we grow old and sit on our front porch telling stories of times past to the new couple who just bought their first house next door and have started a life."

Memories have a way of making the past seem so much more romanticized. In thirty years, I'll ask my husband "remember when we were just married, and had just bought our first house? Remember how we didn't know that the gas bill was an estimate, and that the gas company read the meter every month to confirm the bill? Remember how the gas company never read our meter until a year and a half after we moved in because they kept coming during business hours? Remember how they never even told us that they came, or called us to let us know that it had been 18 months since our last meter reading? Remember how they finally showed up one Saturday to read the meter and two weeks later we got a gas bill for $2000 because they had estimated our gas usage pitifully low? Remember how mad I got and I called the gas company in a fit of rage? Remember that they told me that the bill said it was only an estimate in fine print on the back, and that we should have realized because 'everyone knows the gas bill is only an estimate', and 'why didn't you call us when you realized no one had read the meter since you moved in' and I screamed that I had no idea that the meter was supposed to be read or even where it was for the love of God, and then I hung up? Remember how you had to call back and we had to go on a ghetto payment plan because we had just spent our extra cash on a vacation to Mexico?"

"Remember that? Wasn't that funny? We were so young then, weren't we?"

Good times, Good times.


Blogger Josefina said...

hahahaha!! good story!
I mean, not that I'm making fun of you, but it actually is the kind of stories you can tell your grandchildren!!
On the other hand, it's amazing that wherever we are, or how advanced the technology is...incompetence is all around us!! I understand your anger completely...damn gas company!!!

4:58 PM  
Blogger undercover celebrity said...

Oh I can hear the reminiscent laughter already!

I have a personal hatred for all utility companies -- they have us all by the proverbial balls. What are we going to say, "You have horrible customer service and poor business practices, from now on I'm getting my gas elswhere. Please cancel my account!"

This is not even an option unless you want to return to your Amish roots. And I, for one, don't have Amish roots, so I am doubly screwed.

How am I supposed to know what a fair price is for water, sewer, or trash collection?! And, even if I did know what a fair price is, it wouldn't matter because they can charge whatever they want. ERGH.

5:33 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

Wow, such good times you've had! :)

I had a similar call when our electric bill went sky high. I called and complained that we'd done nothing different from one month to the next, until. it. suddenly. dawned. on. me. Oh, yeah, the Christmas lights. Never mind, I said sheepishly, and hung up.

11:57 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Ahh, UC, to live in PA...

Very funny story. Sucks to be you, but very funny story!

I remember in college hearing a g/f of mine talk about the sorority house they were living in. It was FREEZING and she couldn't figure out why. Called the maintenance folks who finally came out and looked at the thermostat and said, "well, it's set to 50 degrees in here. That might be part of the problem. did you try turning up the heat?" My friend admitted her dad never let her touch the thermostat so she had no idea what to do with it.

Ahhh, life's lessons.

11:29 AM  
Blogger Clearlykels said...

You soon as I leave the college age and start going out with my real world friends, I have found that a lot of my time is spent talking about the utility company...especially lately. Fun stuff!

12:47 PM  
Blogger Katrina said...

Breathe in....breathe out....breathe in...breathe out....

I HATE those expensive life lessons.

And yes, you WILL be able to laugh about it one day--when you've paid off the last of the balance and had your entire house remodeled for baseboard heating.

2:17 PM  
Blogger Katrina said...

Hey, how come no one ever invites ME to make extra cash being a secret shopper? I have GREAT shopping skills!

2:18 PM  
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