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Gassy Rant

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The Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt was elements: air/earth/fire/water. Earth and Water are my favorite elements, but I picked air to write about here.

The air is getting colder, both outside and inside my house, even though I have a couple of electric space heaters going. They should be here within thirty minutes to replace the natural gas line running along side my house that connects to the primary heater and the stove. The forecast is for a  low 31 degrees F  for tonight.

It’s been  a bit of an ordeal today, which is Friday, because that’s when I write my SoCS post for Saturday.

For a couple weeks, I’ve smelled gas in front of my house and sometimes inside. Not all the time, but a few days a week. I called the natural gas company and the guy said I had to call back when I smelled it. So, I called last night and the guy came out and used his magic wand gas detector that beeped around the gas meter and the line next to the house. He cut off the gas and said we could call a plumber or heating and air person to replace line.

Our regular plumber said he didn’t do gas, but referred us to another plumber who I called this morning and that company doesn’t do gas either. They suggested I call the gas company again.

The gas company gatekeeper transferred me to home service who transferred me to sales who transferred me to another service who said I had a warranty and it should be covered.  I didn’t even think about a warranty, but apparently that makes a difference. That person gave me a number to called which ended up being the inspector who’d come out the night before who told us to call a plumber or heating and air person. He said the warranty did not cover the repair because it was outside the house. I hadn’t thought much about the warranty. I was looking for a referral for  who could replace my gas line. I told him I felt I was getting run around in circles and he said, “No you’re not.” He said it with an air of authority, like he knew for sure he was right.

Then I tried to explain to him why I felt I was being run around in circles, having been referred back to him by the company, and he said, “No you’re not. It’s not our fault your gas line is broken.” Then he said something about all the other people who’s gas line’s they already had to fix.

I had not had my breakfast yet and having low blood sugar, I asked him for his name again and said thank you very much.  Then I went to have some microwave oatmeal.

Next, I worked on trying to get a hold of some kind of customer service supervisor. I got a nice lady from the home office and told her my story. She said she’s get back to me. A while later the local supervisor called me and I told him the story. He said he hadn’t known about what his employee had told me, but would talk to him because it wasn’t the employee’s call to decide about the warranty. I said I didn’t want to deal with that employee again, but was told he was the only one who could do the work. (Great!)

About 45 minutes later, the local supervisor called me back and said they’d be here this afternoon to fix the gas line. I said thank you.

Now, I don’t even want to talk to the guy who said, “No you’re not,” twice and blah blah blah. Unless he is going to apologize. Oh, did I mention I made several phone calls to find out who else can replace a gas line? Apparently these people are not easy to find. Maybe I should look into an electric stove. But I do like cooking with gas.

Now I’m starting to recognize this as one of those opportunities to practice compassion and forgiveness. Oh joy.

The guy is probably overworked and underpaid, though he is certainly in high demand, so why would he be underpaid? He needs help………. in area the customer service skills. And he didn’t seem to like dogs last night, but let’s not go there…..  What I meant to say, was he needs  some one to help him keep up with all this demand. I need help getting my gas line replaced. Maybe I need help being compassionate with this guy who I don’t want to talk to. I’ll let you know how it goes later in the comments section.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Christian, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again, available at amazon.com.

6 thoughts on “Gassy Rant

  1. I want to say he was full of hot air. Frustrating. We have gas here too and electricity. We use the gas for cooking, heat, our gas clothes dryer and pool heater. It is hard when the heat goes out in winter I know that from experience. Those little electric space heaters work really well in a pinch.

  2. Yep. It’s nice to have alternatives. They did end up replacing the gas line yesterday shortly before dark. The “No you’re not” guy was politely pleasant as was I, and we did not discuss our previous phone conversation. All’s well that ends well. And those repair warranties are a good idea with an old house.

  3. Wow, how frustrating! I see from the above comment that you got it sorted out though, so that’s good. I know these essential service people can be difficult to deal with at times – I hope you never have to go through that again!
    Oh, and I agree… I SO miss my gas stove from my last house!

  4. Thanks for understanding, Linda. Your post made me wish I’d written about water. I think I might do it anyway.

  5. Arrgh. It’s so frustrating sometimes, just trying to find someone to tell you what they *can* do rather than just what they *can’t* do! That being said, I’m a little jealous of people with gas stoves, I’ve always wanted one. Glad to see from the comments that it’s fixed now!

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