Jim Bugaren's boat is now lake legal.
The Schaumburg resident, featured in the Oct. 6 column, had been trying since March to get his brand new Lund 1650 Rebel XL fishing boat registered with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
When the Problem Solver inquired about his case, a DNR spokesman blamed budget cuts and said his department was four months behind in processing applications. He instructed Bugaren to sit tight.
He didn't have to sit long.
Bugaren's registration arrived in the mail Wednesday, three days after the column ran.
He said he was nervous to open the envelope, worried the DNR had returned his check with new instructions, as it had done in June.
"I was apprehensive until I saw the actual registration in the packet," he said. "It's great … the speed of it was just unbelievable."
Grass looking greener: Speaking of fast turnarounds, things moved pretty quickly for Glenn Smith after he was featured in the Oct. 3 column.
The Sleepy Hollow resident had been waiting since July for ComEd to repair his backyard, which was damaged by equipment when the utility company went to replace a damaged pole.
When the column ran, Smith said he was anxious because he feared the required grass seed would not be planted before the cold weather hit, meaning it could not take root and survive the winter. He said the general rule for the area is to plant grass before Oct. 8.
A ComEd spokeswoman told the Problem Solver at the time that it was waiting until other utilities moved their wires from the old pole to the new one. Since those companies would use Smith's yard to access the poles, it made little sense to repair the lawn just to have it damaged again.
The spokeswoman said ComEd would contact the other utilities and ask them to complete their work quickly so the electric company could return and fix the lawn.
That happened Thursday.
"The landscapers just finished," Smith said in an email later that day. "They did a great job. They did more than I asked them to."
Disconnect? When The AT&T technician left Rosa Frazier's Hyde Park condominium earlier this month, she thought her phone problems were behind her.
The technician told her a loose connection in a phone jack had been covered with aluminum tape, periodically shorting out her line. He fixed the jack and she thought her troubles were behind her.
Frazier's phone was working perfectly when the Problem Solver wrote about her Oct. 8.
Then on Saturday, it went out again.
Her son called AT&T, which sent out another technician Monday morning.
"He looked in basement, looked upstairs. I'm not sure what the problem was this time, but it's fixed again," Frazier said. "I'm hoping this time is the charm. It has to be."