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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Indy Car and F1


    Today marks the first Formula One race in the US in several years, wait you didn’t know that? Its no surprise as F1 is virtually unknown and unpublicized in the states. Even a casual race fan frequently confuses Indy Car and F1 here. I’m not going to go into a point by point comparison to explain the differences, but I will just touch on the highlights and point out the single biggest difference.

       F1  is a truly global sport with drivers and teams from all over the map. Indy is a uniquely American product, there are plenty of foreign drivers (many formerly in F1) but the teams and sponsors are american. Indy runs a mix of ovals and street courses where F1 runs exclusively road courses. The cars and engines are quite different as well. Indy everything is spec and all teams run virtually the same thing, in F1 each team designs their own car.

       Thats it for the basics, there are a lot more subtle differences but in a nutshell that touches on the main points. The best way for americans to think of it is like football (soccer here) its a sport the world watches and americans just don’t understand.

       The biggest difference is something most people don’t even think about when comparing the two. The biggest difference between Indy and F1 is one man. Yup, one person Bernie Ecclestone. Love him or hate him (and I lean toward the latter) he is the man responsible for F1’s popularity on the world stage. Where Indy has a board of directors with political infighting, a revolving door of CEOs and the constant battle for control between team owners and the board, F1 has Bernie. Indy uses so much energy to fight amongst themselves its hard to see them ever retaining their former glory, F1 has Bernie. Many people disagree with his decisions and opinions, but he rules with an iron fist and in the end, that is actually a good thing.

        Will Bernie be able to crack the elusive US market? Will F1 gain in popularity here? Only time will tell, but as much as I don’t like him, I’m not betting agains him. 

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Friday, November 16, 2012

The power company’s dirty little secret


As you may or may not know, we had a little storm here in New Jersey a few weeks ago. It was apparently the second most powerful storm to make landfall in the US. Needless to say there was massive amounts of damage done, much more than you probably saw on the news. Understandably this caused wide spread power outages. In the face of these outages the power company’s efforts to restore power were admirable . Its after they restored power that this blog will address. I’ve been on my local fire department for 25 years, I’ve handled my share of emergencies and worked closely with the power company in the past, so I have a little insight into how they operate. If you call during what they deem an “emergency” or storm the first question they will ask is “Is it on fire” that gets a response, the second question is “do you have power” Its the answer to that question that causes the problems and exposes the power company’s true priorities. The only number ever published in the press, the only number the politicians look at, it the number of people without power. 

       I am not going into how long I didn’t have power, that is not an issue, I will start with the day power was restored. Understandably @JCP_L employed local contractors to assist in restoring power to peoples homes. In my case it was Allan Briteway Electrical Contractors, Inc. from Whippany.In talking to them, they are pressured by @JCP_L to complete the hookups as quickly as possible, corner cutting is encouraged. Remember the only thing that counts to them is “do you have power‘   

       Well it turns out that the crew that hooked up my house and my neighbors did a sloppy job and caused further issues. How did I find out about this you may ask? Four days AFTER my power was “restored” I hear two guys shouting and arguing on my front lawn. Guess who they were? A  @JCP_L crew my neighbor had called to correct a problem they discovered. To say the crew was unprofessional was an understatement to say they were violent and abusive would be more accurate. At no time did they address me or contact me that the lights would be going out again. They were to busy screaming at each other. What was the problem? Was it addressed? I have no idea at all, again all the @JCP_L line crew was interested in was arguing getting the power back on. Not if it was safe or correct, just on.

       This is where the fun starts. My wife called @JCP&L to find out what was wrong, if it was fixed and to report the abusive crew. Thats when nothing happened. Again remember, as long as your lights are on, they do not care what other issues you may have. I spoke to Darlene and Walt in their West Virginia call center and.......nothing.  I finally got the idea to try twitter. It took me a while to think of it, but eventually I remembered Kevin Smith. A few nasty tweets and I have an almost instant response from LOCAL employees not the useless West Virginia call center. The potentially dangerous situation on my house was finally rectified, a week AFTER it was created  but I am still waiting on a resolution to the reason why the case didn’t make it past Darlene and Walt and what is going to happen to the abusive, violent crew. 

        On a side note when I contacted Allan Briteway Electrical Contractors, Inc., a local company I had a response in 4 minutes (not 4 days) and a representative at my house in under an hour. His excuse, as mentioned previously is @JCP_L pressures them to work fast and that they usually come out to “clean things up” 

     So just remember, if you have power don’t hold your breath for @JCP_L to get back to you, and their West Virginia call center is a complete waste of time and breath. Twitter to the rescue!!!

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