Plans, Power, and BC Hydro's Full Court Press

BC Hydro Working What would you do if you didn't have any power? This is not an academic question for me as I sit here typing this. 5 days ago I received a letter from BC Hydro informing me I wouldn't have any power from 9am to 5pm on Sunday December 6th. Not a lot of warning considering how long they must have been planning this; I feel sorry for anyone who was planning a Christmas open house for today.

Except for the morning, my Sunday plans already involved being out of the apartment. I'm meeting friends for Dim Sum, hopefully finding a way to enjoy the nice weather, and going to a Christmas open house. So aside from getting up earlier than I'd like on a Sunday to grab a morning shower and taking the precaution of moving some fridge contents to a friends place, the power outage shouldn't hit me too bad.

The pre-Dim Sum morning plan was taking the laptop to a local cafe and killing some time, maybe even productively. My choice was a local cafe with nice owners . . . in the same block as me (which is to say, the block scheduled to lose power). Hey, they're in a commercial building, I thought if they choose to open they must be on a different power feed. Nope. Sometime after finishing my muffin and before finishing my coffee the power went off and I had to leave. I blame my poor choice on minimal sleep and no coffee. I'm not sure what's up with owners that open in spite of being informed of a power outage.

So I'm back in my apartment now. It's such a nice day that I wouldn't have the lights on anyways, and I'll be gone before it gets cold. If I could only borrow some WIFI from neighbours across the street, I could post this before I leave rather than tonight when the power is back on (I hope I didn't just jinx it!).

Meanwhile, in my back alley BC Hydro has a full court press in play. There are 3 bucket trucks and 3 cranes replacing transformers. Here's some pictures of the action I snapped going to and from the cafe. Click on the picture for a larger version.

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Got back around 7:45pm and was greeted by a very seasonal sign the power was back:

Apartment Christmas Lights

According to the analog electric clock on the stove, power was off for 4 hours and change.

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