The week before Christmas, while I was on vacation, my boss phoned early one morning. Okay, so 8:30 in the morning isn’t that early… but I was asleep.

He tells me there’s a power outage at the school. Actually, the whole neighborhood is without power and the service isn’t expected to be restored until sometime late afternoon. “Wow,” I mumbled. Then I warned him that he should tell the Operations VP that the IT staff might want to be around to restart the servers when the power goes back online, explaining that a power surge could potentially cause damage to our equipment. He agrees, then says

“So, school will be closed for the day, could you post that on our website?”

Ummm… yeah. I’ll get right on that.