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And then all hell broke loose!

By Sparky | October 18, 2007

3:00 PM
Outside the most unique storm I’ve ever witnessed is keeping me from napping and recovering from my sickness. It’s bright, sunny, 61 degrees, and the wind is blowing at 45-55 miles per hour. It’s weird to call such a bright, sunny day a storm, but a storm it is. The storm has raged so hard that my sliding glass door is shaking and the building has lost power, cable, and phone service. The loss of all connectivity (save for my precious iPhone) is a first for me as normally the buildings underground power and communications connections are pretty resilient to storms.

Now that the power is out to much of Seattle I’m hearing the police and fire sirens start. More and more of them keep springing up – what with my computers battery backup beeping in the corner, the rushing wind, and the steadily increasing sirens it really is beginning to sound like the end of the world.

The good news in this stormy weather: I went to see my doctor this afternoon and he thinks I just have a bad cold. He told me the usual: get lots of sleep, drink lots of fluids, and I’ll be fine in a couple of days.

4:00 PM
The sirens have faded into a distant memory. The wind is still there, but it’s died down quite a bit from where it was at earlier. Power and DSL are still out, although I’m getting reports that cable is back on in some parts of the city. I’m avoiding boredom and helping my body heal by napping lightly.

Why can’t I turn off the death beep of my UPS? WHY? I know that the power is out – it’s incessant beeping only serves to anger and frustrate me.

6:00 PM
I feel downright primitive. I think this is the first time in years that I’ve felt this out of touch or bored. Normally I have a cornucopia of things to amuse me around the house, but I’m now realizing that they pretty much all need power to work. Even the few good books and magazines I keep around the house can’t really be read in the dark. If the power is still out in the morning (and it’s out at work) I’ll likely just drive to Walla Walla early – no sense hanging around here staring at blank walls…

6:40 PM
Wow, I’m really bored. The sun is now too low to read even the largest print books, all of my UPS units have run out of juice, and my Macbook Pro only has about an hour of battery left. Time seems to travel much slower when one does not have clocks, amusements, light, or the ability to communicate with the outside world.

7:00 PM
I just realized I have 4 (four) laptops here. I’m an idiot. Watching DVD’s now on laptop 2 of 4.

7:57 PM
Power has returned! The end.

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Topics: Daily grind, Events, Internet, Technology | 1 Comment »

One Response to “And then all hell broke loose!”

  1. Nate True Says:
    October 18th, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    My UPS did that too. I just flipped the switch on the back that turns power off, after hibernating my computer. My UPS is old (a trash recovery) so the batteries last maybe a half hour.