Growing up in and around Vevay, and knowing just about anybody you meet on the street, you learn things about the people you live and work with. I’ve been working at Froggy for just shy of 10 years now…have owned the station since January. In those years growing up here, I remember watching neighbor caring for neighbor, just because. Not for glory or even a thank you…they just did it because that’s what we’re supposed to do…help each other.
I remember when “Ike” came through in 2008, how Vevay pulled together and helped each other. Numerous folks went out of their way to be there for their neighbors and friends. And, since “Ike”, we’ve seen our fair share of power outages and such…but I don’t think I ever realized that, even though we’re a small town, and sometimes people know more about you than you even know about you…we are truly blessed with some amazing friends and neighbors here in Vevay.
Was the power outage bad a couple weeks ago? Yes it was. But, through a lot of hard knocks, I’ve learned to not always look at the negative side of everything all the time. What could I possibly see that was good about the fact we were without power for 22 hours? I saw what community really means again. At 2:15am Friday morning, it was pouring rain…our generator here at the station went down. So, reluctantly I called for help. I hate waking people up…but Louis Bullock is our guy when it comes to the generators. Without hesitation, Louis came and we tried everything we could from the time he got here until about 5am. Somewhere around 4am, we figured maybe the oil filter was clogged up, so again…I hate waking people up, but, knowing the closest oil filter was at least an hour round trip away, I called Bernie Gaudin. Of course, woke him up too. I told Bernie what was going on and begged forgiveness for waking him up. Bernie told me to meet him at the store in 20 minutes. So we did, new oil filter, and 2 quarts of oil, and, that line you don’t hear just anywhere…”you have my number, call me if you need anything else.” You tell me, where else can you call two guys, who are willing to come out in the pouring rain, just to help you? Oh, not to mention I saw a bunch of guys who volunteer their time day after day to respond to fires and car accidents, give their time again and take generators and oxygen to Vevay residents at all hours of the night. Those same guys, some of them having been up for over 24 hours, cooked two meals that fed over 500 people.
Yes, I agree, the outage was bad, and it’s getting very very old…but, you know…we are very blessed people. With friends and neighbors like Louis, Bernie and all the men and women from the local fire departments…don’t focus on all the negative. Thank God for your neighbors who are more than willing to step in and give of themselves just to be there. That, is what makes Vevay a great place to live, work, and own a business.
Adam Griffin, Owner and General ManagerFroggy 95.9-FM