We lost power at work today. The simultaneous darkening of the building, the startled cries of some employees and the anguished swearing of others (the ones who hadn't just hit "Save") made for a very exciting environment. Everyone popped their heads up out of their cubes to look around at the mayhem.
The power tried to come back on, but it ended up phasing in and out, making
the lights flicker like in a horror movie. We clustered around managers' or
friends' cubicles to chat. My manager said this was the third time they'd lost
power in 18 months; why a UPS is not standard-issue would be a good
question for the Powers That Be. I argued the case for a friendly,
productivity-increasing, noisy generator in the cube farm, but no one
listens to the intern.
Apparently other buildings had lost power earlier in the day. And from previous experience, they know that the power outage can last long enough that they just send everyone how. Suxor for deadlines.
Luckily, I can do my current task from home, so I won't actually be short-changed my hours/pay.
Update, 9/8: no power today, either. I worked from Starbucks instead. Life sure is tough sometimes. ;)