I have been out of town doing work on behalf of the good folks of Dilbertland and, as a result, did not bring my computer with me. I am now back, but, am now experiencing other difficulties which are resulting in some transmission difficulties.
Having arrived at the compound in the early evening from completing my duties, I immediately headed for my Executive Living quarters (aka the FTI Nerve Center) and discovered that we were without power in that area of the compound. I am currently posting from my auxilary backup laptop in order not to break the continuity of the excellence in thinking, not withstanding our recent 2 day absence. Regardless, the well rounded Executive Director that I am, I immediately began the electrical investigation routine so common with most people: I wiggled the plug at the wall. Nothing. Waiting for another 5 minutes and thinking that something must reset in that time, I repeated the step above. Same result. I quickly realized that I would most likely have to move to second level diagnostic tests and hearkened back to my training when I was a youngster under the tutelage of my Father, an electrician by trade and our Emeritus Executive Director, in Memoriam. This procedure consists of the collection of various electrical tools, a volt meter, some baling wire, and psyching myself into a mindset that usually involved a bunch of swearing. (I never did know what the wire was for, but, that man could fix most things with baling wire.). Having none of these tools except the ability to swear, I went to the panel box in the utility area of the compound, removed the framebox and located the appropriate circuit breaker labeled "Nerve Center" and flipped the breaker. Nothing. In the meantime, Mrs Kfred is ably assisting me in the task to get in the swearing mood by repeatedly yelling "Nope, Nothing's happening!" while I run through the diagnostic checklist. Having spent approximately one half hour with no positive results, I am throwing in the towel and calling a professional out to look it over.
In the end, I suspect I have a bad breaker. I noted there was no spark when I pulled the breaker in question and re-attached it into the panel box. Nothing that, I'm sure, a $100 service call can't fix. I do find it odd, however that the original electrician in question chose to label this area as the "Nerve Center". Should we ever suffer some sort of sabotage by members of a competitive thinking organization, this would be the logical place to attack first. Normally, most organizations think of their members as their most valued parts and see losing them as the most damaging thing that could affect their abilities to compete. Should some other organization try to lure away Gummo the Balloon Boy or Dickey the Peap to think for them, logic would dictate that this single act would bring our work to an end. Not so. Just flip the switch on the Nerve Center Breaker. Everything stops.