Sunday September 5th, 2010 The Grey Squirrel known as the Evil Knievel Impersonator failed in his attempt to fly. At 7:30am this quiet Westside neighborhood was shaken by the huge explosion of the transformer at the corner of the block, when Grey Squirrel attempted to fly over the pole and onto the roof beyond. He was electrocuted during this attempt.
The blast of the exploding transformer was heard all over the Westside, but many of the neighbors speculated that it was an earthquake because of the moderate shaking that accompanied the explosion or that once again the Presidential Airplane had need of security jets and it was yet another sonic boom and rattling of the windows.
No Presidential visit was scheduled for the area at the time.
The local street of homes lost power for a short period of time, and the local Powerful Company came quickly with 5 trucks to replace and repair the transformer and the lines which were knocked down.
There must have been a large gathering for this attempted record breaking feat, because a local resident confirmed that she heard other squirrels crying in her wooded area. No grief workers were assigned this district to deal with the loss.
Most residents were only inconvenienced for a brief period of time and were relieved that the power was back in force in just a matter of hours. Everyone was sorry for the loss and the Powerful Company assured the children that Grey Squirrel would have a good burial.
Everyone was relieved to know that the solar panel security switches all worked in proper order and no Powerful Company workers were electrocuted by the panels producing power even in the rain.
The owner of the solar panels was glad for the safety switch redirect but concerned that the GFI receptors for the hot water heaters and converters, plus the electronic air filters which had worked properly had now burned out and needed to be replaced when the family arrived home from their responsibilities in another city.
It was decided, because calling out an electrician on a Holiday was more expensive than an emergency room visit to the hospital, those receptors would not be replaced until the next working day.
Thus the solar panel owners with the GFI problem went another day off their computers and off line and enjoyed reading a book until there was not enough daylight. In this case, they proceeded to bed at first dark for an extra snooze and rest.
May Grey Squirrel rest in peace.
Has a squirrelly or other style critter caused a major problem at your house or neighborhood? How about for your Utility District? Would you think anyone would read a book about animal upsets that caused explosions or other disruptions? Come on I just know you have a story to tell? I thought the workers handled the children’s fears very well, would you have said?
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Yes indeed a Squirrel was harmed in order to tell this story.