How dependent we are on power … and vulnerable!
After supper I downloaded the new iOS 10 [the new operative system for the iPhone]. I had a battery level of 89% when I started, so I didn’t bother with plugging it in. I’ve done this a number of times now, so I wasn’t worried. It all went swimmingly. After the download and installation my battery was down to about 70%.
Then the power went out! For the first time in our eight years here in Saint John, we had a power outage in this building. I was chatting with a friend on the iMessenger , when all of a sudden all went very quiet … the ventilation turned off. At first I didn’t know whether it was just our building or a larger portion of the area, but eventually I found out on Facebook that it was down in pretty much all of the city.
Went and checked out the power company’s website but they couldn’t give any time when power would be restored. By this time, my battery level was down to 65%.
Then I started to feel a little bit … uncomfortable. “What if this would drag on for hours?!” I don’t have a car charger! Eventually it struck me that the emergency power was on out in the corridor, and there are also electrical outlets. Grabbed my charger, plugged it in out there to see if it worked. It did, and I felt better. At the same time I felt sheepish, due to the fact I felt better for finding out I could charge in the corridor 🙂 How addicted can one get?!
This power outage occurred at 5 o’clock … just when most people finish work. All the traffic lights were out. I can only imagine the traffic situation downtown. We also had two cruise ships in the port, with about 8,000 passengers. This is what the webcam looked like just when it happened.
This is what it looks like right now 🙂 Either someone has a great sense of humour, or it’s just hanging here after losing power.
Anyway, after only one hour, our power was restored and we’re feeling happy. The wi-fi came right back. I worried a little about that — it has never been down since we got fibre optics two years ago, so I didn’t know whether we’d have to reboot the system and I don’t know anything about all those flickering boxes on the wall.
Well … just another exciting day 😀