Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Some Good News

Generator Sound on Vimeo

In the spirit of reporting the good, the bad and the ugly, here's some good news.
Thankfully, we repaired our generator a while ago, and are sleeping well at night. It cost about $400 for a new piece, and another $400 for one month's supply of diesal to run the generator. Very pricey for the diesal, which normally should have
cost one sixth of that price, but we're happy all the same. Here's a clip of the sound of our generator outside of my aunt in law's backyard (where it sits). Just so that you get an idea of the beautiful noise that our neighbors wake up to in the morning and sleep to at night. Just adds noise pollution to the whole mess here, but at the moment, it's music to our ears.

On a more important note, after a few days of having the electricity go down to one hour on every ten hours, we have improvement!!! For the first time in a loooong time, the electricity came on yesterday for two hours, off for four hours, the whole day. And today, we are experiencing the same improved schedule (On hours: 8-10 am, 2-4 pm, 8-10 pm, 2-4 am). We won't count our chickens before they have hatched, since we have had such highs before that are quickly deflated, but in the meantime, we are enjoying it and being thankful. If this schedule does keep up, then, this new Minister of Electricity has scored a major point with the Iraqi public!


f. d. rahman said...

oh man.. I remember that sound..its bringing back so many memories right now *tear* :oP .. & goodness, I didn't think the repairs would be THAT expensive, its crazy! Oh and you have to tell me which uncle in-law you were talking about in the last post.. no one called or told us anything, I get all my news from you..

Fatima said...

Uncle 'W', married to aunt 'W'.

aea #2 said...

it sounds like the truck that parked in front of our house on sat, sun, and Mon for 3 hours each day, except that it was louder

f. d. rahman said...

Hey, did you hear about what happened in Haditha?

mea said...

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm 3yoosh, very shady. Was the truck unmarked?

aea #2 said...

no, it was next to the neighbors (the blue house), they were like hauling sometyhing out of it, I guess for their house.

The haditha thing keeps on coming n the news. They actually killed 3 children from the 12 victims!

I love Munich said...

And with THIS NOISE you guys can sleep?? But on second thought ... with that scorching heat in your area I would certainly prefere the noise over the heat as well!
I guess we here in the West have no idea what easy life we actually have ... WATCH YOURSELVES, WILL YA?

Fatima said...

You know Munich, its funny, but the noise used to bother me, until I had my daughter. You know how they say that children quiet down to, and sleep better with 'white noise' in the background? Well, I've come to think of it as a bit of white noise in the background, though its twenty times louder, and its actually a lot louder in real life than what my digital camera was able to capture. My poor aunt in law's house suffer from it more than I do, being a couple of houses away.

TallDave said...

It does look like a lot more electricity production/distribution capability should be coming online over the next 18 months, as the rebuilding efforts (finally!) begin to bear fruit. I can't imagine how terrible it must be right now with the heat.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery for your country.

Fatima said...

Hey Talldave! It has gotten better, thankfully. You mentioned it might in an earlier post. It still has a long way to go, and some days are better than others, but slowly but surely is what we hope for!

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