Unfortunately, these Halloween decorations are really not mine, so I don't get to take credit for them. Somebody seems to be channeling Stephen King!
I wonder what would happen if this little guy got loose!
And about the ongoing saga of my potentially exploding house:
Yesterday, a reporter came to my door, and I found out that actually, it IS 1300 homes! (That could be a lot of debris flying into the air!)
I'm such a push-over, but the reporter was about the age of my kids, and begged me to agree to be interviewed on the air to say what I felt about this.
So I was on TV last night, and I said that I felt not only afraid, but angry that Xcel Energy knew about this since 1999 and has not yet replaced the gas lines. But they're also not willing to tell us specifically which houses could be affected, or what the true level of risk is. I also objected that we were being treated like "collateral damage." They also interviewed the city fire chief. He said we should "just use common sense and not panic. . . and if we smell gas, should call Xcel." Yeah. The family in Fargo that got blown up smelled gas. . . and things didn't exactly turn out well for them!
The reporter told me that they're going to continue to research the details and would get back to us. At least with 1300 rather than 13, there's more potential for people to band together to exert some power.
It was really hard for me to be on TV. I felt the content of what I said was just fine; but I have a neurological condition, abductor spasmodic dysphonia, kind of like Robert F. Kennedy Jr, only his is aductor spasmodic dysphonia. Some of my words have gaps in them. . . like words with h's in them. . . like the word "house." So speaking on this issue in front of a camera. . . was embarassing. Oh well. . . I guess people have all kinds of accents and we figure out a way to deal with this with each other, so what I have to say could be important, even if it's not smooth and polished.
ETA: After much debate, I decided to include the link to this TV interview. If you cut and paste it into your browser, you'll get to see me live, and on my very own front steps. Darn! Wish I'd put pumpkins on the front steps! www.in-forum.com/av/index.cfm?id=25302&type=tvscript