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Power failure
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We've lost grid power at work and are currently running off the huge backup diesel generators. The snow's stopped falling but the wind is keeping some of it in the air. At this time of night it's easy to poke one's head out and imagine that the view is of a abandoned, far northern, snow-bound industrial complex in the depths of season-long artic night.

Then again, there is that distinct lack of instant flesh-freezing sub-zero air temperature. It's only the Fraser Valley, after all. You see, the trick to freaking out a Vancouverite is to extract all the moisture from their near-aquatic atmosphere, turn it into a solid, and then dump it on the city. I think the panic has something to do with the sudden drop in air pressure to the brain caused by the translation of 80% of the air's volume into solid anxiety spread liberally over the sidewalks and streets.

It's only 2:30, so I've still got four hours to go before I need to go out there and spend an hour on a nearly-empty highway to get home. The nice thing about the snow is that it increases night-time visibility by a couple orders of magnitude -- so long as it stays out of the air. The wind seems to be dying down.

If the power keeps going out like this... well, it will be really annoying. Every time the power switches from grid to backup there's a 10 second interruption. It doesn't sound like a lot until it happens and your left standing in absolute darkness in a large warehouse, counting breaths until the generator kicks in. The interruption going from backup to grid is less dramatic, but still tends to knock the workstations offline.

My tube system is still down. A carrier got stuck halfway during an interruption and now someone will have to go up there and manually remove it. Note that the ordering system is still on-line. Joy.

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"At this time of night it's easy to poke one's head out and imagine that the view is of a abandoned, far northern, snow-bound industrial complex in the depths of season-long artic night."

Exactly what I thought when I went outside last night... Shane and I walked all the way around the park only in a hat and a coat, then we went inside, grabbed scarves, mittens, and what have you and went around a second time, singing snow jingles we made up ourselves. Lots of rhyming nose with toes...

After that we made snow angels. When I cam inside the legs of my jeans were frozen solid. Ah, hehe, fun. XD

And I hate power outages, especially the ones that flicker like that. I just hate... the dark. *cringes*

Dude ... that sounds like an exciting adventure.

Of course, by now I hope you are curled up warm in bed.

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