Traffic outside was starting to bank up, it turns out most of the cities traffic lights rely on the Internet. Horns were sounding, people were yelling. Still people were holding their phones in the air trying to get them to work out of desperation. The panic in the air was increasing. I felt it time to move to the centre of the room and take control.
“Listen up everyone, stop what you are doing and just listen!’ I said in a firm and assertive voice.
The room went silent. People made their way to the centre of the room and formed a circle around me.
“Thank you” I said.
“I am no wiser than any of you as to what is going on. From looking outside, it would seem that what ever is happening is affecting everyone. My advice would be to start thinking about maybe heading home for the day, connect with your loved ones, there is no point being here”.
“But how are we going to tell everyone we are leaving? We can’t updated our statuses!” said a man.
I thought to myself, my god, did I just hear that?
“I’m sorry but I have no answer to that apart from perhaps what we used to do before the Internet, call people on a phone. Mobile phones are still able to make and receive calls, send and receive texts. Use your initiative”.
“Oh yeah, I forgot about that. It’s been so long since I’ve had to dial a number on my phone, or speak to someone without the Internet”.
“How will we find out what is going on? We can’t check any new websites!” Said another person.
“I checked the TV earlier in the staff room and TV channels are working, radios also,”
“Yes of course, do you think my Foxtel shows would still be recording?” Asked the persons.
“I’d be guessing no, given that Foxtel relies on the Internet and it would seem that is not working”.
“Oh dam, I won’t get to see the bachelor” said the person.
My eyes almost bulged out of my head in amazement at that comment; I managed to keep my composure.
“Ok then, if there are no more questions, gather your things and head home. Make sure you get everyone’s phone numbers, including the office number in case you are not going to come in tomorrow. We still have a working answering service that does not rely on the Internet” I said.
Everyone scurried off to their desks to collect their belongings and headed for the doors.
To be continued.