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Friday, September 2, 2011

The Last Ones Standing (In The Dark)


I never thought I'd see post-Irene power restorations get to this point, but as I'm writing this, there are seven towns that have only one customer without electricity.

You've heard the line, "Will the last one out please turn out the lights?" Well, what the customers in these four towns are waiting for is the polar opposite of that, except for the fact that both tend to conjure up negative images.

The "Last One Out" line ihas become a catch phrase used when a business is laying off people or is closing its doors for good. And few things are more depressing than being the last one without in a community that has finally returned to a state of semi-normalcy.

Sure, there are probably a variety of factors beyond the control of the customer and the utility doing the restoration that make someone the last one standing in the dark. And somebody has to be the last customer to have their power restored.

But that doesn't mean they have to like it.

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