I was so, so close to having a half day today. So close.
Just before 1pm, the power went out. I went to check if the next door restaurant still had power and found out the entire street was down. Then it came back up as I was walking back into the store. So, okay, that's abnormal but it happens. A little bit later the power blipped, then went out totally a few minutes after that. Checked again with restaurant and found out the entire street was out again. So while explaining the situation to my coworker, who had just come back from an errand, I saw a plume of black smoke off in the near distance.
Being the curious sort, we decided to go to Walgreens while trying to check out if we could see where the smoke was coming from. Turns out the entire
village is out of power. And the smoke was further than we wanted to walk. So I call sarcastic_elf
to see if she could find out anything. And heard it from a worker in the salon next door that there was a major substation for the area on fire. The words 'fire ball' and 'explosion' were used. And its not just the village but a much larger area out of power.
So we hung around a bit more, had the door propped open for the cool air, and put up a sign for us being closed. As we were considering leaving for the day a little after 2pm, the power came back up.
And we seem to be the only street up with power in the village (though that has probably changed in the last ten minutes since there was a power truck in the street). We found this out by calling around for open places that had food. And I walked down the street to the corner to see if we were the only part of the street with power.