This is the true story of seven co-workers, determined to live in an arena and have their waking hours stretched out, and find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real.
Actually, if MTV had been on scene last night to film The Real World: Alico, they would have left in the first few minutes, returned to New York and thrown Bunim and Murry onto a live rail.
Watching people set up computers and move boxes does not make for compelling television, but later in the evening things picked up as the stress levels and caffeine intake rose and the level of humor required for a laugh drastically lowered.
Things got pretty slap-happy at times, teetering on the brink of completely loopy, but we always somehow brought it back around to the job at hand.
Until we started having Internet issues between 5 and 6 a.m. It started with the inability to view or log-in to our servers (though we could see some other sites, which we think was because of a problem with Sprint due to the hurricane) to update the site and it got worse about an hour later when the arena's wireless connection went out.
We tried a number of solutions, such as borrowing Todd Pratt's laptop with a Verizon Wireless card and attempting to get our generators up and running to power the arena's Internet connection, but to no avail.
Finally, we decided to call Nathan Ashby-Kuhlman at our Treasure Coast paper and, after explaining our site-updating procedures, dictate our updates to him to post as part of Andy Kent's blog (as our blogs are the quickest and easiest pieces of content to update).
We had to do that only once, though, as about an hour after Tim Richardson got off the phone with Nathan, our on-site networking guy remembered there was a dial-up number for employees, so Tim fired it up and started updating the site again (after a quick field trip to the arena lobby to watch the power of 100+ mph winds at work).
With us back up and running, I took a nap for about two hours until 10:30 or so. When I awoke, everyone was packing up our supplies and computers for a trip back to the office, which still had power and a working Internet connection.
Of course, it took almost two hours to get to the office, but that's a blog for another day (or at least another time today).