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Snow-munity, take two

The nice man from Pepco called just before dinner to check that the power was on. Seriously. There had been some reports of a line down on our street, he said, and he just wanted to make sure.

As it happens, we have been the lucky ones. Big portions of our neighborhood have lost power. We’ve had it — typing this is tempting fate — since the snow started. Whenever that was. So I thanked Mr. Pepco, got his name and number in case, and told him about the unexpected outpouring of, believe it or not, praise for Pepco on my neighborhood listserv. He said the same was happening on his.

Cyberspace is prime territory for complainers. The dog poop that’s not picked up can launch days of cyber-bickering and spawn tangents about leash laws and barking. So one of the amazing developments of the blizzard -- take that, Jo-Ann -- was the listserv as Pepco cheerleader. After all the reports about outages and online strategizing about how to get to the top of the to-do list, one neighbor pointed out that Pepco was doing a heroic job under a staggering load. Others chimed in.

In my house, to be honest, we’re getting kind of cranky. When the kids start whining about how they want to go to school, you know it’s snowed too much. I baked chocolate chip cookies yesterday -- sorry, Mrs. O -- and even that didn’t seem to help. So it was a relief to sign on and be greeted by a different kind of deluge: appreciation.

By Ruth Marcus  | February 10, 2010; 8:38 AM ET
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