This afternoon, after lunch, I tried to send an email to my boss, but it didn't go through. Was the email attachment too big? I tried a test email just too myself with no attachment, but that didn't go through either. Okay, it wasn't the end of the world. I could just print out the document I was trying to send to him, walk down to his office, and give it to him. Except that the computer wouldn't let me print.
With a sinking feeling, I tried the internet. That was down, too.
As it happened, I had a few things to do that weren't connected to being networked to anyone or anything.
My cube mate, Jessica, asked if I could imagine ever working in an industry without access to a computer. Sure, I said. Like sales? She said, "Yeah. I would go crazy if I weren't connected all the time."
"I think I'd be fine," I said. "Though I have to admit, these last fifteen minutes have been torture."
Good news, is that everything was back on line within the hour.