"It's 79 degrees in the shop" Sarah reported. A quick thinker, she turned off the A/C (that was blowing hot air) and turned on the (back-up) wall A/C. I told her to open the door and quickly looked through my contacts for the phone number of our repairman.
Then I logged on to the bank account and saw that a check deposited the week before had been returned, and our account had been charged a fee.
I need coffee.
We just about made it to lunch without further incident.
Then the cash register computer failed. ON A FRIDAY AFTERNOON! I called the computer guy who was too busy to come himself, but sent someone out to fetch it. Aparently it had a major virus. We'd be lucky to have it back by the end of the day.
Pulled out the calculator, paper credit card slips, and "knuckle buster" (manual imprinter). 37 transactions were processed by hand. Thanks Maury!! Her basic math skills got a workout.
Then the battery on the scale stopped working and had to be replaced. Somehow I managed to break a wire while doing that. Thanks Brandon for re-wiring the scale.
Then the power in the building went out for a few minutes. We were grateful the computer was out of the shop, so the sudden surge when the electric went back on had no effect on it.
But the internet connection had to be reset.
And we didn't notice until the end of the day why the phones were quiet all afternoon. Aparently the phones also needed resetting.
Thankfully all ended well.
The A/C got fixed for less than $200. We got the computer back for Saturday for under $100 and I was able to process the credit card transactions before going home. The phones and internet are also working.
So if you tried to call us yesterday afternoon, you know why we didn't answer the phone.
Oh, the joys of owning a business.