Thursday, March 05, 2009

Misadventure at work

This morning while I was very focused on the computer screen, hard at work on the report due end of this week, there was suddenly a loud *BANG* and (horror of horrors) the computer screen went black.

The first thing that flashed in my mind was, "Alamak! When was the last time I saved my work???"

At the same moment, the whole office power had gone out and the phones were dead.

What was happening??? What should we do???

Sad to say, none of us knew how to react at first. Not a very good sign if this situation had been a dangerous emergency... and we were not sure yet whether this situation was supposed to be considered a dangerous one or not.

We finally gathered our wits and sent out one of us to venture outside to find out what the problem was.

Apparently an electrician had been trying to fix some broken lights and must have tripped or fused a wire, resulting in a power outage not only in our office but the entire building.

No computer. No internet. Can't even access the server to copy our work to laptops.

After hanging around for a while we had to resign to the indefinite timeframe of when this would be resolved. I went out for a walk and lunch and returned an hour later but the power was still out.

Finally after about three hours from the time of the outage, when we were at the brink of throwing in the towel and going home.... *kazaaam*... power was back.

It still took another hour or so to sort out the server.

Half a day gone.

Report deadline still there.

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