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June 16, 2006

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Electricfied

I guess we are starting the pre-summer days in the hole. Already power out in the City. Didn't we experience this type of problems from Nstar in years past? Didn't we get assurances that this wouldn't happen from prior and current Administrations? Didn't we get the BS from everyone that Nstar changed to bigger and better so that these power transformers wouldn't blow?

I guess when your on the Cape enjoying the suds, fun and Naughty Girl, you could care less what happens to your City. Guess the "Man_In_Charge" Mike Buckley had a lot to handle. MAybe it was too much for him. The Mayor, Commish, "Skipper" BOA members and others were gearing up for the big "40" bash for the Mayor which started yesterday.

Today's the day and I would probably bet a rats'arse, hundreds of them, that Mrs. McCarthy is well on her way being the mermaid on that float. Probably snookered JN in taking her down there too. I hope you both get blitzed.

Happy Birthday Mr. Mayor. Hope this cake will be as good as your 41st!!!!! If you know what I mean.

James Norton

Electrified -

Nope not me I don't much care for the Cape crowd anymore and I'm not even travelling up North to Little Somerville aka Moultonborough this weekend. Beyond that, I think that Mrs.McCarthy, aside from having a fling with the gardener, isn't talking to me anymore because I forgot to let her out of the box. If she let me in, I would have let her out.

I need help.

JN

NStarHater

So this would be a good place to tell my N Star horror story. Late one summers evening last year the power goes out at about 1am. Being unable to sleep I'm up and about so I reach for the phone to call in the outage. Being late I'm sure no one else will call it in, especially since this is isolated to my block. When I call to my surprise I get a live person. Now I'm thinking this is a good thing. But instead this turns out to be a poor turn of events. The lady at N Star proceeds to fight with me about the information. Repeatidly she says "Sir, we have no reported outtages in Somerville." To which I keep saying "That's because I'm the first one to call". After more than 5 minutes on the phone with her she finally acknowledges that there's an outage and practically hangs up on me. Now that's quality customer service.

Dr. Mrs. McCarthy

Jamie,

You naughty, naughty boy. Stop airing our dirty laundry in public.

Now, all you have to do is apologize for locking me up and all is forgivien.

In the meantime, come down here to the WHYacht Club and help me get the f^%k out of this GD kyaak. My ass is stuck, the walker is causing it to tip and I'm takin on water................

All right, all right! You don't have to say you're sorry. Just help me get out of this thing. I'm goin down the Cape, find that lout Koty and KICK HIM IN THE NUTS!!!!!!

Forever Yours with a Cherry On Top,

Dr. Mrs. McCarthy


James Norton

Dr.Mrs.McCarthy -

Apparently you and everyone else missed my "box" innuendo earlier. Oh well.

I'm on my way down there. I might stop at Goodtimes for a Diet Coke w/lime to rest and refresh myself. I won't be driving you to the Cape though. Other than passing through there to go to MV for some business, I'm all done with that place.

Be right there.

JN

Electricfied

Dear Dr. Mrs. McCarthy, if you were to get your arse out of the GD kayak and proceed down to the Cape to Koty's homestead, you may not find the Amigos there. I believe they are among the guest of Janice DeL. She seems to be the only one that has the cash in hand.

Dr. Mrs. McCarthy

Jamie,

I did not miss the reference. I ususally get innuendo all the time.

That reminds me of my good friend Sophie Tucker when she and her boyfriend Ernie were in the woods one dark night. Ernie commented to Sophie that is was so dark he couldn't see his hand in front of his face.

"I know its dark Ernie, you've been munching on grass for the last fifteen minutes!

God I miss the old girl..................

Box Lunch Babe,

Dr.Mrs. McCarthy

National Grid

Keyspan was just bought out by National Grid, and plans are in the works for National Grid to take over NSTAR.

JARfromWard3

Tell us more about these "plans". I've been hearing that rumor for some time, but am yet to see anything concrete.

Actually, when you look at it, a merger with ConEd makes more sense. FWIW, if you think NStar sucks, wait'll you get a load of National Grid. At least NStar is a locally-based company. Grid is based in the UK.

73
JAR

JARfromWard3

An amalgam of ConEd, NEU and NStar would make even more sense.

 National Grid

I wish that I could give you more information in regards to the plan thats on the table but unfortunetly I have no more information. My sources tell me that both Natioal Grid and NSTAR are in negotiation. A plan is on the table to purchase NSTAR. The negotiation process is near completion I know for certain that Keyspan is now National Grid.

JARfromWard3

I agree that, in a purely geographical sense, it does look like Grid is a natural to devour NStar. However, electric utilities (NStar is a combined Gas/Electric utility) are significantly different than, say, contiguous railroads or other such entities. ConEd tried to merge with NEU back in the 90s, but could not come to terms. That may change with NStar in the mix. In my opinion (and it is ONLY an opinion) it is more likely for ConEd to make Tom May an offer he can't refuse than it is for Nat. Grid. But I wouldn't bet my NStar stock on it. The marriage of two companies is often, in reality, the marriage of two CEO's.
For many years, Commonwealth Electric (now part of N-Star) people worked hand-in-hand with NEU people, even sharing desks and parking spots. I heard it remarked once that "We figured that one day we'd show up for work and we'd all be Northeast employees." It never happened, but there are physical nut-and-bolt system-based reasons why it could.
I could envision a scenario whereby NStar's gas distribution system is sold to Grid, but the power systems are a different story. Again, this is ONLY an opinion. One thing I DO believe is that, no matter what happens, the level of service Somerville gets will suffer. We have, in many areas of the city, an antiquated secondary system in need of significant investment. Cambridge is in the same boat. A recent substation built in East Cambridge intended to address forecasted supply deficiencies for years to come is now classified by ISO New England as a "just-in-time project" since demand is projected to outstrip supply by 2008. My guess is that even the 345KV line being built to Canton, designed to address area load pocket deficiencies, will be in almost the same situation by the time it is completed. Reason being, the area where it originates is seeing growth in electric demand that is at least as great as Boston's. Simply put, there may not be enough power for them (the Blackstone Valley and Rhode Island) to support their own local area growth let alone export it.
No doubt, the utility industry in 10 years will bear little resemblance to its current self. We're hearing that there will be 10 or 15 large distribution companies nationwide, just like there were in 1933, prior to PUHCA.

73
JAR

somervilleoldtimer

The power went out on Friday because a squirrel got into a transformer. It happened around the corner from my house -- there was a POP and then lights went out. So don't be paranoid. Sometimes a squirrel is just a squirrel.

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