Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Nationwide Outage and a Bum Fridge

So, last night the power went out at around 8:30 pm.  It's a little unusual for it to go out at that time, but we didn't think much of it.  Then at 12:30 am, it came back on, only to go back off 15 minutes later.  This pattern of on again, off again persisted until the early hours of the morning until it went out for good.

I thought it might be just our neighborhood, but when I got to the office at around 7:30 am, it was out there as well.  It turns out that there was a nationwide power outage.  I remember being in the States a few years ago when New York city lost power to one of its grids and it was a major news story.  Imagine if that would have been the whole east coast or better yet the entire country.  Anyways, just thought this was an interesting tidbit about our day here in Zambia.  The power ended up coming back on at around 1:00 pm today.  So, we're back online.

On a similar note, the power was not the only thing to go today.  It seems as if our refrigerator is ionongeka (broken).  We called the store we purchased it from and they sent a repair man out to look at it.  Luckily, it was still under warranty.  They will come back tomorrow with a "loaner" so that they can take ours back to the shop to work on it.  So, if you think about it, say a prayer for our fridge.

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