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Monday, During the Barangay elections, 11:30 in the morning, my power shuts off, after eight days of power outages I’m not surprised, so I did my Zombie walk to the back, flipped a couple of switches, set my “Power is On” alarm, fired up the Honda and was back in the house, all in less than three minutes.

At 15:00 that afternoon, my nephew, asked me why I was running the generator? “Tito, there is no brownout today”. Go to the back again, check the alarm, yup, its set, all seems right, off the generator, reverse switch flipping. Wala, no power! Hmmm, that was quite perplexing, and well beyond my pay grade. Down the road I go to find, my “Electric Guy”, as Dennis has helped me with all form of items that spark in the night.

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With his trusty Wiggins, Dennis told me it was my meter, he smiled and said he could jury rig it until Penelco fixed it the next day. Can you guess what I opted for?

09:30 Tuesday morning, three guys from Penelco are at my door, up their ladder, much discussing going on, then I’m informed that the meter is fine, but the box that holds it was corroded beyond repair and was causing it to short out. All this was due to the heavy driving rain, we’d put up with for the last week or so.

Out comes the new heavy duty meter box, wires are trimmed, screws are turned, and manly grunting sounds are emitted. 10:15, all is electrically well at Casa de Mayang.

Out comes cold sodas and snacks, and the joking commences. Then the oddest thing happened, one of the gentleman who lost the race for Barangay Kaptain stopped by to thank us for our support even though he didn’t win, I thought, “What a class act, he is!”

Recommenced joking, when a parade comes up the hill with music blaring and people waving, it was our new Kaptain “Boy Antonio” thanking everyone for our support, and shaking all our hands. The stainless dump truck was not with them, just stuck in traffic. I’ll never understand calling a man Boy, call me “Boy”, I’ll give you 50 cents, and then dare you to take it back.

I turned to the Penelco guys and asked them, “Guys, with, such a close election, why is it no one voted for the loser?” Boy Antonio must have won by a landslide. That brought down the group with laughter. They all agreed, that after an election anyone asked, will say he voted for the winner. (Americans do the same thing with sporting events?)

Well with all such things, they must end, and the guys had more calls they had to respond to. My wife asked me, after the guys left, “Is there anyone you won’t joke and talk with?” My answer, “Mahal, I don’t know, as I’ve just not met everyone yet!”

The next day Zaldy, my “metal guy” dropped by and caged that new beast, for reason that are beyond me people steal electric meters, a couple of years ago they stole my water meter, the new one is caged.

So my life has returned to normal once more, or at least until the next brownout, then we’ll be back to full normal. I’ll miss the very loud election trucks and the roar of my generator early in the morning.

This proves that you don’t have to rant and rave when things get messed up, why waste your time, you can still enjoy living here, by smiling and keeping a level head. Be friendly and polite, and you’ll discover that most people want to help you, if you only, give them the chance?

BTW: My blood pressure remained at a constant, 80 over 120. Mayang; “Is the beer cold yet?”

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Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson; has resided in the Philippines since 1993, living close to Subic Bay. I’m married to a wonderful girl named Maria (AKA Mayang).Who is from Gordon Heights in Olongapo where she grew up with her Mom & Dad and seven siblings Our two daughters are both grown up and have left the nest, the eldest married to a wonderful guy named Chris, and they have blessed us with our granddaughter Heather Colleen Our youngest daughter and her husband Cecil have blessed us with a grandson named. Jayden Logan. I’m a retired U.S. NAVY Senior Chief after 22 years of active duty. After retirement from the Navy I lived for 7 years in Puerto Rico as a Night Club owner. Then Hurricane Hugo told me to find a new line of work, I was hired by Military Sealift Command and went back to sea in Asia as a Merchant Seaman for 10 years. After 30 plus years at sea I buried my anchor on a mountain in the Philippines and am now residing in Dinalupihan (or DinBat for short), Roosevelt, Bataan where we built our home. And last but not least, anything I writes will be pure "Tongue in Cheek "If anybody is offended, I'll lose no sleep over it, but here's a quick Mea Culpa in advance!

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You see? That is why the gods delayed my arrival, so I’d miss the noisy campaigning! I’ve never understood the “Boy” thing, either. It seems like just the other day I was sitting across from “‘Bad Boy’ somebody or other”, listening as he explained why I was better off selling him my jeepney business, than continuing to compete with him. Made perfect sense, too! Meanwhile, about that time, Bad Boy (Robin) Padilla had been caught with a SUV full of guns, and in other news, “Bad Boy”, Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan had given up life on the run for political aspirations.(Proving… Read more »

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…blood pressure has an inverse relationship with temperature……120/80 beer cold…..160/100 beer warm ….300/200 no beer ..stroke …no beer at store !

Tony
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Tony

Ah the joys of third world living where if it can be stolen it will be stolen.

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Paul T – funny! What Tony said is so true. Made me smile here. Imagine, they’d even steal car plate cover. And if you’re not looking around and you leave your clothes hanging to dry, they would steal that too. He he.

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Paul Thompson, Sugar

Not only in the philippines. Here in florida i got my water meter taken for the copper because of the high price of copper. Its really a bad problem now. The drug addicts sell it for drugs. They will do anything to get copper, even go into cell towers.

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Paul
I hope you have your beer refrigerator under lock and key, specially when washing the car.
I think I saw the title of a book that was called “Philippines The Land of Theives”

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Neal – when my sis went to LA, she bought sees candies, as she put the bag on the side for few seconds, somebody stole it. So I guess there are thieve everywhere. 🙂

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Paul T- There are so many ‘only in the Philippines’ stories. Yours is so true. Just hope that when Manny P fights Margarito.. there will be no brownout.. he he. There seems to be brownout in your area whenever special event happens. Thank God generators, eh. 🙂

Jun Trinidad
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Jun Trinidad

Congrats to the San Francisco Giants for winning the 2010 World Series. Texas Rangers put up a good fight but this is just not their year. Maybe next year. We’ll see.

Mark G.
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Mark G.

Hi Paul,
If I can ask what did it run you for your generator there? I’m trying to figure out if bringing one over would be better than buying one there. I’m a fan of the Honda diesels; quiet and powerful but not sure diesel will be readily available on ‘my’ island. Is yours gas or diesel? What manufacturer? What led you to choose the one you have now? Sorry for the inquisition just another of those things I need to address someday. Thanks.

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Eric Berberich

I live in the country and power outages happen here to so to the tractor and genorator we go .Southern Illinois or there it is all the same to me you need power to keep the beer cold. I like the millers genuen draft, good old mgd. I hope you have a good time on the 14th I will be watching and having a beer that day to.

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