Archive for August, 2012

Commonwealth Edison STILL SUCKS!

Posted in Nonsense with tags , , , on August 22, 2012 by Bob


Earlier this month I challenged ComEd, or Exelon to come to the people of our neighborhood and talk to us, in person, and explain their asinine decision to put power lines right behind our houses instead of through a corn field or along a road or some other more logical place. Haven’t heard from them. They are cowards. The towers that were supposed to be the color of the sky … not so much.

This is NOT disappearing against the sky as promised.


Now, they are still putting more towers in, even closer to my backyard.

I hope they get paid like crap.

All day their digging and trucks scared the hell out of my dog so she won’t go outside. It is 8:30 and they are still out there causing all kinds of noise. Aren’t there ordinances against this? If any members of the village “leadership” lived here, I am sure this would not be happening.

Maybe since the village did such a crappy job of stopping these towers, they can work on at least getting the trains to quit blowing their whistles at midnight and 5am. Yeah right.

Thanks for letting me rant. If anyone reading this knows anyone that works for ComEd, tell them to come on over to my neighborhood. I dare them.



Commonwealth Edison and The Ugly Towers

Posted in Tech Stuff with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 3, 2012 by Bob


Once upon a time, there was a quaint little town, in a collar county of Chicago, it’s name was Huntley. It was a growing little burg, nice people, nice neighborhoods, the kind of place where you could forget to close your garage door overnight and your lawn mower would still be there in the morning. The homes had beautiful vistas to look at and despite the occasional train going through town, it was as quiet as a wildlife sanctuary. Then, one day, ComEd happened.

ComEd, or Commonwealth Edison, is a company owned by Exelon. A large conglomerate that is larger and more heartless and soulless than ComEd itself. But, I digress. ComEd decided that it needed to bring more power lines through Huntley and connect them to other power lines somewhere else. They decided that they had to run said lines as close to homes as they could, even though there was another available route that went past fewer if any homes, and was probably a more direct route. So now, because of Commonwealth Edison and their inability to plan, think or care, my neghibors and I have high voltage towers being built approximately 200 ft from our back doors. The great news though is that ComEd said that they will pain them the color of the sky so that they will blend in. WTF DOES THAT MEAN?!

We are going to have towers, thanks to ComEd, rising up where beautiful trees used to be. We are goign to have humming wires all night long so we will keep our windows closed so that we will have to use more air conditioning so we will have to pay Commonwealth Edison more in delivery charges. No, we won’t be paying them for the electricity because Huntley switched to a municipal aggregate plan or something that is cheaper. They could do that but they couldn’t stop ComEd from building towers in my back yard.

I am not complaining about this only for me, this is for my neighbors as well. Some of them will have it worse than I will, some will have it slightly better. All of us will have ugly towers to look at all the time in our back yards. I hope all of my neighbors go on Zillow and find out what their home was worth last month. This way, when our property values decline even more, we can send ComEd a bill. I know I will. In fact, I challenge a representative from Commonwealth Edison (one that actually has power to do something) hold a meeting with me and my neighbors, in person, preferably at one of our houses (so they can see what they are doing) to tell us how ComEd is going to compensate us for the loss of money, sleep and health that we will endure because of these towers. That is why I am saying Commonwealth Edison so many times. I want them to see this. They are cowardly. I can guarantee you that NO ONE from ComEd will contact me and my neighbors. ComEd … MAKE ME A LIAR!

I wanted to do a few things in protest: spray paint their truck windows black, super glue the door locks … stuff like that. I didn’t. I hope someone takes my ideas and runs with them though. I will even enjoy being questioned about it. I am just too clumsy to do it myself. I would hurt myself I am sure. Unfortunately, ComEd or Exelon has the Illinois Commerce Commission apparently on their payroll, since they were the ones that approved the route through the residential neighborhood, instead of across empty fields.  More corrupt government. Is it libel or slander if I say that? If I say that it is my opinion that the ICC took bribes to approve the power lines on the route that they did? Meh. Oh well. Signatures, local input and resident blow back apparently don’t mean anything. I bet they are appointed positions and not elected ones.

I had a lot more vile in my brain for this earlier but the margarita mellowed me a bit. What I do ask is that you all help me out a bit. Forward this, like it, do whatever can be done so that this will rise in the ranks of the interweb and Commonwealth Edison might actually see it. As I said, I doubt they have the gall to reach out to the residents along Kreutzer Rd in Huntley who are being told basically “hope you love where you live because good luck selling your house now!” I think that ComEd should offer to pay off our mortgages for us, or at the very least pay off our SSA taxes. Will they?I doubt it since they won’t even pay for a fridge of food when the power goes out.

Speaking of Kreutzer Rd. The little farm house on the south side of Kreutzer seems to be empty now. I think ComEd came in and forcibly relocated the family. I wouldn’t put it past them since the family didn’t want to towers on their property. ComEd probably had them whacked. Is that enough slander to get noticed?

Come on Commonwealth Edison an Exelon Company. Have some balls and heart and do something to help the people you are screwing.
You know the streets you are affecting so I don’t need to give you my name and address. Just get your corporate asses over to the other side of the pond and do something.

Thank you, and goodnight.



Dead Celebrities: A Two-Fer

Posted in Celebrity Deaths, Nonsense, TV/Movies with tags , , , , , , , on August 2, 2012 by Bob

I know, I haven’t posted for a while. As I mentioned before … a long time ago … 2 kids are taking up all my free time. AND I LOVE IT! Anyhoo, the new job is going great, the kids are doing well and all is outstanding lately for Mr. and Mrs. Voices and the clan. That can’t be said for a big bunch of celebs over the last 2 months. They have decided to give up on the problems and BS that is piled on all of us everyday. Hmm, maybe they are on to something. Nah, I will stick around for a while. I want to see how it ends this December. Here are those that got a head start on us. At most, they will get the better condos in the afterlife. A side note, my death pool picks have jumped this year. I am going to have a good summary at the end of this year I think.


Richard Dawson – 79 – Hogan’s Heroes and host of Family Feud – June 2

Kathryn Joosten – 72 – Actress Desperate Housewives, The West Wing – June 2

Ray Bradbury – 91 – Author – June 5

Lil Phat – 19 – Rapper – June 7

Bob Welch – 66 – Musician; Fleetwood Mac – June 7

Frank Cady – 96 – Mr. Drucker on Green Acres – June 8

Ann Rutherford – 94 – Actress Gone With The Wind – June 11

Henry Hill – 69 – Mobster inspiration for  Goodfellas – June 12

Jim Drake – 83 – Inventor of the Windsurfer – June 19

Richard Lynch – 76 – Actor Battlestar Galactica (orig), Star Trek: TNG – June 19

Richard Adler – 90 – Producer and composer – June 21

George Randolph Hearst Jr. – 84 – A Hearst – June 25

Nora Ephron – 71 – Screenwriter and director Sleepless in Seattle– June 26

Doris Singleton – 92 – Actress  I Love Lucy – June 26

Don Grady – 68 – Actor  My Three Sons – June 27

Norman Sas – 87 – Inventor of Electric football – June 28


 Andy Griffith – 86 – He was Andy Griffith – July 3

Scamper – 35 – Rodeo Horse – July 4

Ernest Borgnine – 95 – Actor – July 8

Maria Hawkins Cole – 89 – widow of Nat King Cole – July 10

Donald Sobol – 87 – Author of Encyclopedia Brown – July 11

Sage Stallone – 36 – Son of Sylvester – July 13

Richard Zanuck – 77 – Producer  Jaws, Driving Miss Daisy – July 13

Sally Ride – 61 – First Woman in space – July 23

Chad Everett – 75 – Actor  Medical Center – July 24

Sherman Hemsley – 74 – George Jefferson – July 24

Norman Alden – 87 – Actor – July 27

Gore Vidal – 86 – Playwright and novelist – July 31

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