We got a notice in the mail that PG&E would be turning off our electricity for some kind of maintenance work on Thursday. The power would be turned off for some period between 8-9 a.m., and again between 3-4 p.m.
Even hung it on the refrigerator so we wouldn’t forget.
Comes Thursday, I’m sound asleep between 8 and 9 (having totally forgotten this was power off day) when I suddenly can’t breathe.
I wear a CPAP when I sleep.
Without electricity, your CPAP doesn’t work.
So without electricity, you are wearing something over your nose connected to a big hose that isn’t doing anything except preventing air from getting to you.
That’s a hell of a way to start your day.
But, okay, my bad – I was warned.
That afternoon, I’m at my computer when I realize that it is about 3:45 – and the power hasn’t gone off.
To me that means, within the next 15 minutes the power will go off. So I shut everything down, and went and laid down on the bed and read.
I set my cell phone alarm, in case I should fall asleep – because remember my beauty sleep was interrupted this morning due to a sudden and persistent lack of air.
My cell phone alarm goes off, and it is now after 4 p.m.
My husband tells me the power never did go off.
I figure PG&E must not have needed that second power cut – because surely they wouldn’t be so rude to turn off electricity AFTER the time THEY fucking scheduled.
I sit down at my computer, start to boot up and sure as shit – the power goes off.
Fuck, fuck, fuck.
Now, I don’t know if you know this, but when you shut off the power to a computer – the computer generally doesn’t like it.
But if you shut off the power to a computer that is in the middle of booting up?
Now you have one pissed off piece of machinery.
After the power comes back on, I go to boot up.
I get the message about how the computer was shut down in a non-acceptable way, but if you don’t do anything, it’s just going to start, in 3 … 2 … 1
Everything looks okay.
Except I get a weird thing from OneDrive saying that something has been corrupted and fuck you.
Then I try to bring up Google Chrome and I get another something is corrupted and double-fuck you.
I now realize that something is very very wrong.
I turn off the computer.
Start it again.
Now the computer says, you can start this if you want, but first you are going to do a scan, in 3 .. 2.. 1.
The scan (which is in three parts) seems to lock up midway through part 2.
Turn it off. Start it again. Get told it’s going to do a scan in 3 … 2 … 1
And thank God (that I don’t believe in), the scan runs all the way through.
Something about a couple indexes being bad and so the computer deleted them and (holding my breath) – everything else is back to working fine.
All because PG&E apparently can’t tell time.
And these are the yahoos we’re trusting to keep from setting California on fire?