Major Interference

I suspect that my dear, hard-working computer didn’t take well to being shut down abruptly TWICE due to those short power failures the other day. I think it’s been since about that time that the poor thing would get really sluggish and in need of an increasingly frequent “Refresh Me” reboot. Around New Year’s I checked if I needed to do a disk defrag. WinXP assured me I didn’t back then, but it thought it would be a good idea tonight! Now that I’ve done it, everything’s back to normal.

What was weird that day is that the weather was calm, so that didn’t explain why the power went off. Tonight might be a different story, though. A surprise blizzard has started to hit Halifax about an hour ago, and we’re expecting anywhere between 20 to 40 centimetres (or 8 to 16 inches) of snow, high winds, and possibly ice pellets to cap it all off. That means most of us can expect a day off tomorrow. Except if that’s what’s going to happen, let us remain with the heat and lights in our homes. If it doesn’t turn out that way, I expect Nova Scotia Power is going to have to face a riot (once we’re all digged out). The utility has received a lot of harsh criticism recently — much of it deserved — which is leading many to wonder if this is one of the long-term results of privatization (i.e., chronic neglect of the infrastructure). Surely in the past, power failures weren’t the first thing we’d expect and fear whenever a winter storm would blow in.