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I Made A Man Laugh Today

Posted: Monday, April 27, 2020. 1:57 pm CST.

The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize News.

Contributed: As all of us know, there have been many, many difficult issues here in Belize of late.

One problem, as we have seen, has been the dry and dusty conditions affecting our electrical grid. This has been a regional problem, as well as sometimes a national one. No one has escaped it completely. Everybody is already stressed out, and then this is just icing on our cake. Things are just hard. They’re hard for everyone.

In our area of rural Corozal District, we seem to have had at least our fair share of these unplanned outages of electricity (along with concomitant internet loss for many of us.)

Yesterday, Sunday, at 1:07 P.M. more or less, our power went down after a few feeble flickers. Same story, different day.

Of course these things seem to happen on weekends, nights, or in general not at a very convenient time. But that is the nature of Murphy’s Law. According to Murphy, “If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong. And it will go wrong at the worst possible time.”

So, today, when the power went down (again) I called BEL as any good person would do, to report the outage to them.

Here is my recounting of the delightful conversation that I had with the person who had the misfortune of having to work hard on a Sunday.


Him: Hello, BEL customer service. How can I assist you?

Me: Good afternoon sir, my name is Chuck and I live near Chunox Village. I wanted to make you aware we have lost power at 1:07 P.M. just a few minutes ago.

Him: Yes sir, we have a crew dispatched and there are some burning p . // static // les in the area and zzzt // more static // be working on it.

Me: Did you say, there are burning PEOPLE???

Him: No, no, no, sir. No, sir. Burning power utility poles. Not people.

Me: THAT’S a relief. Good. So you know about it and you are on the job?

Him: Yes, sir. Is there anything else I can help you with today?

Me: No, thank you, we are fine. I’m glad you know about the problem. But it does seem to me that possibly BEL may be using two completely different kinds of power poles.

Him: Excuse me ?

Me: Yes. It would seem you have those that are right now burning, and then you have also the ones that are not on fire yet.


Yes, sir. (Still laughing). We do.

Me: Have a good day sir. And thank you for taking my call.

Him: Thank you too. Have a good day sir.


So there you go. I don’t know who I was talking to,

but, you know, I really like him whoever he is.

Be well.

Stay well.

Treat your neighbor with kindness.

Remember especially those on the front lines.

And above all — keep your sense of humor.

You never know when you will need it.

This, too, shall pass.


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