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    Smile Why I love this country

    I am having a 7000 volt transformer put on the top of a 35ft concrete post inside my garden so that I can have normal electricity - well as normal as it gets here. At the moment when the pump for the water from the well kicks in, the aircon goes off, and when the pool pump is on the TV goes off etc etc. Also I have around 20 dominican/Haitian families plugged into my line too (illegally) and I assume it is when the Dominican equivalent of Coronation St (famous British soap opera) is on then all my power goes off as they all sit down to watch the nights installment. So, having decided to have my own transformer, yesterday was the day for installation. In the UK you would do it in the day - Dom Rep of course at night. My husband explained it was because there was no sun so it was cooler. (Silly me I thought they needed to see to fix 7000 volts of electric 35ft up a pole). In the Uk you would use a team of well qualified electricians - here, 2 electricians and around 5 motoconcho drivers. In the UK we would use a mechanical machine thing to hoist the transformer (which weighs a ton) up to the top of the pole.....here a piece of string and 5 motoconcho drivers. In the Uk they would drink water and coffee - dangerous playing with 7000volts - here 2 litres of brugal.

    End result.....Transformer now on pole - wobbles a bit but what the heck. Midnight - experienced electrician unconscious from Brugal on my patio. Not there this morning though. Electricity went off just after everyone left but seems to be back on now, it's probably as it is windy and its blowing the wires together on top of the pole!!!!

    Just thought I'd share this. They are all back tonight to connect up the 7000 volts - so now you know just in case you read in paper of massive explosion in Juan Dolio!!!!!

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    That's one of the reasons I love this country so much. What's routine in First world countries is often an adventure in the DR. I never get bored.

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    Default hey, lass!

    matilda, get your own blog!
    notify the next of kin, you may all perish in the biggest explosion in DR history!
    in uk you'd have to sell your kidney to pay for transformer, and then your neighbours would sue over "radiation", channel five will feature you in the next installement of their "house trapped" series, enviroment lovers would protest outside your gate etc...
    her you get away handing over some brugal and turning a blind eye on a new crop of haitians connecting to your pole...
    eeech....
    ps uk IS better...

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    Enjoyed your post. You have the right attitude to make a success of liiving here.

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    i fully agree with ken.
    and if you subscribe to the "heat" magazine and have it delivred here we can be friends forever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken View Post
    Enjoyed your post. You have the right attitude to make a success of liiving here.
    Seconded. Loadsa pluck and an indefatigable sense of humour. Have you got a webcam Matilda? Can we watch the firework display tonight..............?

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    1. Bit out of touch dv8 but what is heat magazine?
    2. if anyone tries to connect now they will get fried. very sad unless it happens to the guy who barbecued my cat last year and then it will be justice.
    3. yes Lambada I do have webcam but can only turn it on if there is electric and I assume it will go off when they try and connect my 7000 volts. (By the way you seem like a very nice lady and thanks for all your advice previously)
    4. Forgot to mention that in Uk they use proper tools and here they used my kitchen knives and were so drunk have left two on top of the pole - no doubt to stay there till the next hurricane...
    5. Must go - Dominican friend just turned up with 20 crabs to cook for tea. No notice at all...does anyone want the hungarian goulash cooking in the oven!!!!!! (What happened to the days of filofax and planning 6 months ahead..."Sorry dahling all my Saturdays are soooo booked up until 2009")

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    1. heat is this celebrity magazine gossip, when you buy at in self-service till at tescos the message "this product is sold to above 18 years olds only"and then 250lb security guy comes to check if it's not porn...
    2. bbq your cat?! fry the bugger!
    3. try the webcam nonetheless, let us have a laugh too, just before we post a thread about how sorry we are to have seen you go at such young age!
    4. once when my boiler in london broke in a middle of a very cold winter and finally, after a week of sleeping in the arctic conditions and consuming 20 sneakers' a day (to deal with caloric loss due to the cold) i had a technitian coming in. he took a huge screwdriver out of his bag and hit the bottom of the boiler which suddenly started with a loud PONG! i could have kicked the thing myself! and save myself 5lb in extra weigh...
    5. filo what? we never heard of that here...!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dv8 View Post
    1. and consuming 20 sneakers' a day (to deal with caloric loss due to the cold) 5. filo what? we never heard of that here...!
    You ate 20 sneakers a day?????????????As in Nike white things people run in???????????? You didn't by any chance mean Snickers formally known in the UK as Marathon bars do you?
    Sorry about the filo thing. Used to be an investment banker till i saw the light and became a poor diving instructor. Lived and breathed my filo thing until it was consigned to the bottom of the indian ocean.

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    si, snickers bars, i have not seen them for so long i have forgotten all about spelling, shame on me.
    investment banking? gee, i don't even know what that is!
    filofax i remember seeing in selfridges, never had one.... waitresses usually don't....

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