I am posting earlier than usual because Blogger has a "Scheduled Outage." They plan on an outage at about 8pm. Hmmm, wouldn't that be nice? I wish everyone would schedule outages.
"This is Jim."
"Yes, this is Bill with Pacific Power, I show your neighborhood is scheduled for a power outage this week, do you have a time you prefer?"
"Oh, we just have a transformer that is going to blow...a squirrel will short it out."
"Oh, jeez...ok, hmmm, let me check my calendar...ahhh, yes, I think it would be most advantgeous for me if you scheduled the outage during the day on Monday. No one will be in the house."
"Ooooh, that won't do. Mrs. Jones is planning on baking Monday, her son is coming into town tht evening. But-yes, it looks like we could probably handle a Tuesday afternoon, from noon to four, how does that sound?"
"Hmmm, Tuesday? Let me see...yep, I will be out...looks good. Tuesday then!"
"Thank you sir, Tuesday it is."
Ahhh, if only they would do that. Instead we get outages at the damnedest time. How about that New York Blackout? Or should I say North East. There were mllions of people that were...shall we say, put out. I think people would have changed their plans if it had been scheduled and people would not have been so inconvenienced.
"Yes, is this Jim?"
"Yeah, this is me."
"Senor, I am Angel La Muerte, I represent the Deprtment of Transportation. This call may be recorded. I have you scheduled to be on a collapsing bridge on Wednesday, how does that look for you?"
"Do I die?"
"Sir, I am not allowed to give out that information. Yes. If we told people exactly what to expect there would be no frivolity. Yes. I am afraid I cannot tell you. Yes."
"Crap. No, that's a bad time for me. How about during a week without a Tuesday in it?"
Hmmm, maybe scheduling has its limits...