The news has been all about the weather this week (and Telecom’s short-lived, ill-advised rugby campaign).
First snowfall in decades, they say. I reckon the stuff I saw was more hail than anything else, but apparently in town and out south it was much more snowflakey. Still, EXCITING! Everyone in the office rushed to the windows on Monday afternoon, mesmerised by the sight. “It’s snowing, if you’re interested!” Yes, yes, they were. I sit right by the glass side, luckily, so I had prime position. I got to watch as the white stuff collected on the windowsill, then melted away again.
The bitter blast lasted until Wednesday, when the polar chill started to lift. Good thing too, because our electricity went out at about 7.30pm. Luckily, we’d eaten, but I’d just started cooking lunch for the next couple of days. We had no luck getting through to Vector, so ended up going to bed at 9pm.
By the morning, there was no change. Never have I been so glad that our hot water runs on gas!!! (It’s amazing how little you can do in in winter without power. No light, no computer, no TV, no reading. We really need to get a torch; I have a few candles around the place, but they were barely bright enough to navigate the house with.)
It’s relatively easy to get through to Vector at 6.30am. Not so easy, apparently, for the linesman to arrive within the 75 minutes, or even the 90 minutes that I waited before I had to leave for work. Tweeting Vector during the day didn’t help; they responded, but only as far as to ask me whether I’d called the call centre.
T handled it when he got home; apparently the guy showed up at 9am, and didn’t bother to call. I kind of figured I would be contacted a) in the event of lateness and b) certainly if said staffer came by and nobody was home. I thought wrong, clearly.
The timing could have been worse, though. After all, our fridge was desperately in need of a defrost. And it’s so iced up (and it’s cold enough being August and all) that even at 20-plus hours of blackout, none of our food went bad. We escaped pretty lightly.
What’s the longest power outage you’ve ever had?