I just got back last Sunday from a most awesome 3+ weeks in Montana hunting, coming back to the normal fires to put out at work and home. However, this Thursday’s events kind of shook my faith in humanity a bit. I came home from work and headed straight out to the shop after work to butcher the last quarter of elk. The wife comes home and asks if I am doing something with the power box thingy on the side of the house. I say no and why do you ask? She says you better have a look at it. So I grab my headlamp and go look. Holy Shit! The meter base is damn near torn off the house mast bent and stays broken. I go out to the front yard expecting a tree has fallen on the overhead wires. Nope, I can find no evidence of what transpired. I still had power and decided to let it ride until the next day. Yesterday I took a bit of time off work and came home in the daylight to better evaluate the damage and the cause. Again I found no evidence of a tree impact anywhere. I then talked to the neighbor who’s overhead power lines looked like they were hanging a bit low as well. I starting putting two and two together and decided to talk to a guy a few lots down who was cleaning up after a recent logging/clearing operation. I asked him if they had possibly hooked the wires with their equipment. He said they had indeed hooked the big thick low voltage telephone wires but didn’t think it caused any problems and they zip tied the smaller hanging wires back up to the large wire where they broke the wire wrapping holding them together. He was very honest and apologized profusely when I told him what happened with my service. He told me they would make it right and gave me the name and number of his dad who owned the company. I thanked him for his honesty and went home and called his dad. To make a long story short the kid did not inherit his integrity and honesty from his dad Butch. During two phone conversations Butch denied what his son had told me and said his son must have been mistaken. The second conversation ended with him hanging up on me. I decided to get the PUD involved and they came out and agreed that it looked like the pole by my house was pulled away from my house damaging my service. They agreed the snagging of the line down the road was the cause but all they did was say my service was unsafe and unhooked me and said call an electrician and call them back when I needed hooked back up after repairs and an L and I inspection. Well fuck me! I talked to more neighbors and found one who heard something and went outside only to see Butch standing on the raised bucket of an excavator zip tying the loose lines back up after snagging them but he did not actually see them snag the lines. So as it stands I am without power until probably next week sometime and on the hook for a several thousand dollar repair. I have never had a insurance claim on my HO policy but this one probably will be the first. Even at that, I have to cover the $500 deductible and my rates will go up according to my agent. Also they will not go after him. I am not a litigious person so that is not even a consideration. Other than venting here a bit I would like to apprise people of this man’s unsavory actions and I would not recommend entering into any business dealings with him. His company is Butch’s hauling and self loader services LLC. He is out of the Warm beach area in Goats territory. And yes some people really suck. Merry fucking Christmas!