After yesterday’s successful premonition of doom and gales, woke up to third power outage of the season and spent entire day wifi-hopping from one Blenz to another. Highly annoying that many of the other 190,000 or so individuals without power were also dodging 90 kph winds and falling trees on the same elbow-grinding rampage to find a vacant socket & seat, while grin and bearing the beverages and empty calorie leftovers. Even so, my email inbox was unusually quiet, with not even the double-barrelled spam’ers seeming to have much luck with the climate. Now there’s a thought: are spam’ers eligible for public holidays? Are any of us entitled to reclaim a public holiday when storms and downed electricity cables wreck havoc with our plans for the day? Do those companies that give employees the freedom to take Remembrance Day as a holiday or put it towards the year-end celebrations also allow their employees to take today as a storm day? Do BC Hydro power fixers earn holiday overtime to clear the debris, and is this all part of a bigger conspiracy? What of all those Federal public warnings to stock up on water, mini generators and spare batteries? Are we about to face a winter of more than soap opera discontent? Better grind those coffee beans…