Posts Tagged ‘blew up’

Explaining to PG&E CEO Anthony Earley How “Superheated” Copper Had Nothing to Do With His Recent Candlestick Park Failure

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Here’s the latest from San Francisco Chronicle writer Jaxon Van Derbeken on PG&E CEO Anthony Earley:

“It was one of the most embarrassing moments of my career — I was literally walking into the owner’s suite,’’ he said. “And the lights went out.’’ 

[Earley] said two power feeds serve the stadium, one had a repair of a previous break, known as a splice. He said the utility does visual checks of splices before the games, but the problem with the splice was apparently not visible, it became superheated and failed.”

Uh, “superheated,” sometimes referred to as boiling retardation?

‘Cause that’s what you’re saying.

You know, like this:

Oh, what’s that, you were just waxing poetic ‘n stuff?


No, no, no.

The time to bandy about with the allegory and whatnot is not when you’re explaining why your big blow up occurred.

If you meant that the thing got too hot, then just say that the thing got too hot.

All right, PG&E, Go, and Sin No More.

Oh, and you know what you should be embarrassed about, Mr. Early, is having your spokesmodels out there Blaming SFGov First during this particular crisis. I know that’s what they’re taught to do, deflecting blame during an emergency, but, you know, isn’t that a bit cheesy?

And in fact, Mr. E., there are many, many other aspects of PG&E that you should be embarrassed about as well.

All right, GASNM.

Kaboom! MUNI Bus Engine Blows Up, Spilling 32 Quarts of Oil All Over Geary

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

This was the scene today in the Inner Richmond on Geary Boulevard – artic 38 Geary bus #6243 had its biodiesel engine spill its guts on the street right in front of the Mel’s Drive-In. That shiny black stuff isn’t coolant, it’s 32 or so quarts of motor oil. It got tracked around a bit by impatient drivers.

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The mechanic sent to help got started spreading sawdust with a quickness so the oil wouldn’t get into the sewer system. He was looking forward to the hazmat team showing up, it appeared.

Maybe the engine threw a rod or something. It’s soul is probably already up at the MUNI service yard in the sky.