Monday, January 15, 2018

What I Wrote Six years Ago

So, you all know how lazy I have been about blogging recently.  Lots of pics, not many words.  So, I went back to see what I wrote six years ago today.  Lots of words, no pictures.  I would do more of this if I actually thought anyone cared what I think, lol.  Folks still complain about smart meters and I had my doubts, but in the case of one local official who has protested them, I am beginning to think maybe they have affected her brain.  Here it is:

Smart Meters, not so Smart People

One of the best things about no longer being an elected official is being able to say exactly what I am thinking.

Years ago, Detroit Edison wanted to build a substation on property it had owned long before the area was developed.  Anyone with two eyes could see the tall transmission lines running along the train tracks and some investigative work at Town Hall would have shown the property north of those lines as being owned by the utility.

Yet when the time came for the substation to be built, the people who now lived in the area were up in arms about Electromagnetic Frequencies (EMFs).  I finally asked one of the protesters why she bought a house with a huge transmission line in the back yard and she said she never noticed it.  Duh?  I wanted to tell her she was a giant dumb-a--, but had to resist.

In the end, the utility prevailed, but not without the then Township Supervisor being defeated in the next election, even though she only did what the law allowed and required her to do.

I thought this whole EMF issue had been put to bed, but now we have people railing against the installation of Smart Meters outside their homes.  One man said he did not want the utility monitoring his usage and knowing when he took a shower.  Huh?   Who would care?  And the issue is not confined to Michigan.  Just do a 'google' search.

So now we have communities banning any further installations of the meters.  Here is an idea folks:  Don't like the meters?  Go off the grid.  Get rid of all your electronic devices, save money, and read and cook like our ancestors did - by candlelight and fire.

I am sure we are all living in the 'Land of Fruits and Nuts'.  Recently I was watching a program on one of the Discovery channels.  They were in a town in New Mexico that is popular with all the UFO and conspiracy folks.  One of the people they interviewed was telling how the US government controls the weather from one of its military installations there.  (When my husband worked in the defense industry he used to go to White Sands for 'missile' testing.  Or so he said.   lol)  Another insisted they were spying on everyone and controlling our behavior.  Right.

Last year I had a smart meter placed on my home.  I was delighted that the meter readers would no longer be trampling through my yard.  I have not noticed any sleep disorders, headaches, or mysterious levitation of objects.  But I'll keep watching and let you know.


  1. They worry about crap like smart meters yet stick a "smart" phone next to their brain and keep it there all day long. Then they put Alexis or the Google equivalent in the house to watch over them. Sounds really smart to me.
    We have a smart meter for electricity and one for water, they're great.

    1. I also have one for water. Now I wish the gas company would get on board so they didn't have to give estimates in the winter.

  2. Actually, I do care about what you write! I have never heard of Smart Meters. But now I'll keep my ears open for this in my area. Yesterday I learned about rotten apples let hanging in the orchards ... used for pollination. I learn something new every day. Keep writing. Keep shooting photos. Keep sharing! :-)

    1. Your comment about pollination on your blog was interesting. Never heard of that.

  3. Is there a shortage of real problems to get upset about? People are just too strange.

  4. I always enjoy your posts Denise. This was an interesting read. I liked the comment about the shower...made me giggle! Have a great week!

  5. The electric company just put one of those smart meters on my home this past summer. I didn't know there were any issues with them. I haven't noticed a difference in anything other than not having someone walking through the garden occasionally.

  6. I remember how many people go up in arms over the smart meters. Mainly because they don't fully understand it. We have one, and I haven't noticed anything either.

    The conspiracy people are crazy nut jobs. Right up there with alt-right wingers and the white supremacy groups. I want no part of it.


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