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Six to eight hours without electricity: what to do?

 
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Mike Harrison
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2021 4:33 pm    Post subject: Six to eight hours without electricity: what to do? Reply with quote

An apparent arc in a circuit breaker panel caused a fire that destroyed three of the four condos in one building here, in my village, last November. Thankfully, no one was injured. As a result of the fire, though, all circuit breaker panels are being replaced.

My panel replacement is scheduled for this coming Tuesday, and estimated downtime (without electricity) is between six and eight hours. This is not good for me. I don't know what I'm going to do during that time, because the circuit breaker panel is located inside my condo, and I'm not particularly comfortable going out and leaving the electricians here alone. Gasp

Any ideas? Thanks.
(edited to add that the electricians will be working inside my condo)
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2021 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a bummer!
But if you don't treasure the thought of that much time counting bricks in the chimney or something, you could park near a Starbucks and mooch off their wi-fi so that at least you could keep up with emails and things.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2021 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

take it as a win - go outside - take a drive, a walk, a guided tour of the scenic wonders of (insert area of interest here) - tell your clients that due to circumstances beyond your control you will be unreachable for the entire day.

if they have work that absolutely has to be done right now - send them to me. i'll do it ... and send you the check.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2021 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you’re desperate rent an electric generator and a long long extension cord for that day.

I’ve never lost a customer when I gave them advanced warning on revising their timeline. And if someone wants to book you between now and then, hey, that time is “booked” but let me see when else I can record.

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Mike Harrison
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2021 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, guys. I did fail to mention that the circuit breaker panel being replaced is inside my condo, so I'm not particularly comfortable going out and leaving the electricians here alone... with all my gear (and everything else) easily seen.

As for clients, I've already told them I'd be unavailable that day.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2021 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sit on the sofa and stare vacantly at the electricians for the entire time.

they love that.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2021 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Read a book or manual?
Put away files that aren't sorted?
Clear out your clothes closet?
Do a jigsaw puzzle?


I mean all of these suggestions honestly and with respect because I think you are terrific.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2021 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ooohhh!!!!! (seriously - think this would be fun)

shoot a mini-documentary on your phone of electricians replacing a circuit panel. loosely narrate it as you go.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2021 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i was going to suggest a book or a puzzle until i saw todd's post and now i am 100% on board the todd train. they may or may not like being filmed. oh well!

and yes, i still say film because old habits die hard.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2021 3:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pool Time!
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