While FPL still can’t explain why 3 million customers lost power yesterday the benefits of the outage are already evident. That’s right benefits.
At one Starbucks Coffee Co., employees began handing out sandwiches they feared would go bad. Nelson Suarez, 35, enjoyed the free lunch. “I can’t work anyway since all the power is out, so at least something good came out of this,”
There is way more good than that my friend.
Kids were forced to gasp go outside and play. Workers had to think of different ways to complete their tasks and the megawatts recieved a much needed break.
When I was a kid growing up in the middle of a hurricane zone we lost power quite often. This usually meant nothing to me because I was outside anyway, but it did cause my otherwise lazy-a$$ gaming friends to come outside as well. I did my best to keep them there by promoting just how much more fun it was to be outside and play randomly creative games.
So as for yesterdays outage I can imagine the kids freewheeling in a game with Big Wheels, seeing who can throw a paper airplane the farthest, or performing in the latest edition of cops & robbers. Kids were acting like, well, kids.
Workers also had similar experiences. Instead of an inter-office email, an important question or note was tasked in person. Wasn’t that nice? You actually walked to someone in person, gave a greeting and continued working. The digital age has enormous benefits, no one is denying that, but every once in a while a little break can be nice.
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