A record storm hit Western Washington last Thursday, knocking out power for days to up 1.5 million people, according to one newspaper. The economy stalled for a few days. Mother Nature shut down Microsoft, if only for a single business day; my Microsoft friends stayed home Friday.
I was unfortunately a victim with absolutely no power for 60 hours—no cable, no Internet, no lights, no heat. This was the worst weather situation I have ever encountered, so I wasn’t prepared despite warnings. I faced really cold nights cocooned inside layers of blankets. I achieved very little work in general. I’ll probably lose about a week of work due to this incident.
The town was completely dark in early evening. Most shops were closed; some got by with alternative electricity and operated on a cash basis. The local supermarket threw out its inventory of frozen foods.
The SeattlePI links some other Microsoftees, who have more details and pictures:
Thousands of people in the Seattle region, particularly on the Eastside, continued to deal with power outages over the weekend, following last week's violent winds, although the situation appears to be improving. Microsoft employees blog about the experience: Jeff Sandquist (update here), Major Nelson, Mike Hall (via Robert Scoble), Keith Combs, Richard Sprague, Alex Barnett, Heather Hamilton, and Dave Morehouse.