Friday, August 5, 2016

Brain Dump

Dear Power Company,

Please cease and desist sending fliers telling me how inefficient this house is compared to others of similar size. What are you doing spending money to collect information from the county assessor that is none of your business? How much of my bill goes to pay for your delving into such matters? Only pennies, you say? From every single person you bill. Pennies add up. How much cheaper would my bill be if you stuck to your business? Only pennies? Pennies add up.

Stop trying to guilt me. I've been guilted by pros, and you're amateurs.

Feel free to continue to send the little fliers that offer ways to be more efficient. I'll keep tossing them in the recycling bin. Believe it or not, I'm capable of looking up your suggestions on the internet and have found nothing helpful I'm not already doing if possible. How much do those fliers cost? You collected information, printed up pretty colored fliers for each individual home, and mailed them out. What about the salaries of the people involved in this data collection and distribution?

Did your nosy delving also tell you how many people live in the house? How many are big people and how many are little people? How many houses have no one in them for the better part of the day? How many people work at home? How many have special needs, including things like S.A.D.D.? How many have other problems you know nothing about? Has it occurred to you that I choose to spend my money on the comforts of home instead of other luxuries?

For the record, none of that is any of your business. Your job is to provide power not tell me how to use it. If the bills are paid, you have no right to complain. You are not my keeper and not my God. It is not your job to tell me how to live my life.

In case you've forgotten, this is not a socialist/communist country where everything is supposed to be the same for everyone, except the elitists. We live in a Constitutional Republic, which means we support the individual to be individual.

Don't expect me to idolize you. You're an unspoken monopoly. Sure, there's another power company, but the two of you have divided up the area. If I want a different power company, I have to move.

I'm grateful for the power you provide. Keep doing your job and stop pretending you're responsible for me and what I do. You aren't. You're an electrical power company, in case you've forgotten. Your job is to sell electricity, preferably as cheaply and efficiently as possible. Did you see what I did there? Yes, I'm putting the efficiency back on you.

Don't tell me to use solar power, not in a desert where black sheets of glass collecting even more concentrated heat sounds insane. Last year, a business' roof caught on fire because the solar panels became too hot. Last week, firefighters couldn't reach the fire started in an attic by a lightning strike because they couldn't cut through the solar panels. They had to go through the front door of the home. How much time was lost? How much more damage was done that could have been avoided?

As long as the bill is paid, please stop pretending you care about me or have any responsibility for how I live my life. You don't. I know it. You know it, and now you now I know it. Stop. Just stop.

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