I've been trying very hard to resist my slacking habits, but the temptation is especially severe when one is in a confined office with a monitor that does not face a hallway. Pair that with this mystery project, and at about 4:00 on Friday I caved, fired up Gtalk and made the best of my breach of willpower.
About a half-hour later, the power cuts out in the building. Less than five minutes after that, the Building Manager comes on over the loudspeaker telling us to evacuate the building, and specifically not to exit via the parking garage. From what we were able to tell, a generator overloaded or something and caught fire.
At least five fire trucks came, and the Big Ups said we could all go home once we were accounted for. I was happy to have my boredom problem solved, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't slip into a paranoid fantasy in which somehow my slacking would be discovered as a result of the fire and I'd lose my cush new job. I'd also be lying if I said that at the time I realized how absurd that sounds.
Yesterday morning, I got a call from one of my new co-workers telling me that the garage wasn't cleared until 9:00 Friday night, and everyone whose cars were there were stuck until then. He also said there is a very plausible yet-unconfirmed rumor that the building will remain closed until at least Thursday. During the fire, the sprinklers were running for a few hours, and there is so much water on the first floor that they're worried the lobby ceiling will collapse.
We had been grumbling about how we weren't being given off Monday as well as Tuesday for the 4th of July. Now it looks like we're going to be getting Wednesday off too. Quit a job, take a week off, work a week, and then a 4- or 5-day weekend. Not a bad start.