I’m flying out to go on vacation today. My uncle had very kindly arranged the tickets with his own air miles. It was an e-ticket, so he forwarded the email to me weeks ago and I just had to print it off before I left.
Around 7:30 this morning, I went to print it off, and discovered that my university’s email server seems to be down. Scratch that, the whole university seems to be offline – I can’t even access its home page. That’s not good – an outage that big could take all day to fix!
I can’t call my uncle; I have his number but it’s in an email, which is hardly useful at this point. So I call my mom. She doesn’t answer. Of course she doesn’t answer; half an hour ago she sent me an email from the airport after they’d gone through security; surely they’re on the plane by now. I fire off an email to her BlackBerry, hoping that she might check it on a layover, but now I’m really starting to panic.
Fortunately, I have a vague memory of the name of my uncle’s consulting company, and I’m pretty sure that he works from home. I google his name and the company, and sure enough, it’s the second hit. I find the contact page for their Seattle office and call right away.
Of course, it didn’t even occur to me that it was 7:45 in the morning and it was hardly a good time to be calling. I don’t leave for the airport until 2 this afternoon, so it’s hardly an emergency yet. In my defence, I’d been up since 5:30 this morning, so by 7:45 I was so awake it would never have occurred to me that think that other people might not be.
My uncle actually answers right away and sounds quite coherent. But when I start explaining my predicament to him, he mumbles “Hang on a sec; let me turn on a light.”
Oh damn, I think, I’ve woken him up; it’s only 7:45 … Eastern time … which means in Seattle it’s … 4:45. :smack:
Well, at least I got my ticket now.