Well, the power is out. It has been for about an hour now. One of my neighbors stopped over to introduce himself (he works at IBM) and to see if I was also without power. Apparently this happens fairly often in this neighborhood. I guess the previous home owners didn't want to mention that little tidbit.
The good news is that this is not like last time I lost power. My power bill is paid automatically now.
Oh, well, I called the power company minutes after it happened to report the problem. Then, about an hour later, I realized that if I moved one UPS, I could probably power my DSL modem, hub, and Wifi access point for a while. So I'm able to get on-line via my Powerbook and that UPS.
I wonder how long it'll last. Will PG&E fix the power before my UPS runs out? Will I have to pull the second UPS too?
Oh, the suspense...
Update: Well, the little UPS has lasted 2.5 hours now, powering the DSL modem and stuff. There's a PG&E truck in the street, so presumably they've found the bug.
Man, I should have eaten earlier. I'm hungry but have resisted opening the refrigerator for fear of letting any of the cold out.
The Powerbook is down to 52 minutes of battery left. Let's see if they get the juice back on before it dies.
Update #2: The power came back on at roughly 10pm and the truck drove away. About 15 seconds after the power was back, my cell phone rang. It was the callback from PG&E letting me know that I should have power. Damn, that's quick.
Update #3 It looks like they're gonna pay me. Nice!
Posted by jzawodn at August 29, 2004 06:51 PM