12 December, 2000
Today was a relatively stressful, well at least the morning was. When I got to SPARCLE central at about 7:30 AM to check e-mail and maybe take a look at my TEA web site to see what images I have sent. I found the buildings were without power. They were cold and dark. The main SPARCLE Building, where my office is located, was down to 5 degrees C, or about 45 F. It is a good thing that it wasn't windy or it would have been really cold. The first thing that I did was to check the circuit breakers and when I found that they were ok I called Comms to let them know that we were powerless. Comms was pretty calm about the whole thing and said that they would send an electrician as soon as they could. About then Von came in and said that he had heard that the power had gone off at ARO and that we were slaved to one of their panels. He called Comms and found out that the power had gone off twice during the night and somehow "they" forgot to notify him and to turn SPARCLE back on. Von promptly checked the SPT which Penny had shut down when the power first failed at midnight, and then had me run out to the FPH's and make sure that they were turned off and that the polycorders were recovered. We then went through a systematic shut-down of all our electrical devices from battery chargers to computers. After we got everything shut down the electricians showed up and said that the problem was at ARO. So that is where we spent the next several hours watching the electricians determined that the problem was slightly bigger than a blown fuse, possibly a transformer was blown. By about 10 AM we were up an running again but by then the satellite was down and so was the Internet.
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