So nobody can get anything done at the Virginia DMV this week because the system is down. How this differs from any normal week at the DMV, I'll never know. We take a lot of our infrastructure for granted. Power. The Internet. Computers. The postal service (the people with the trucks and the envelopes, not the band). When these systems fail us, it often causes us unexpected inconvenience. During a UPS strike about 10 years ago I was blissfully unaffected, and a little smug about it. However, I was also eagerly waiting for a magazine to come out that had an article about some work I'd done. I kept checking in bookstores but they always had the old issue - a week into the new month. I asked when they'd be getting the new one, and - you guessed it - the UPS strike had bitten me in the ass. FOCUS: When has "the system" being down caused you grief? What was the nature of that grief, and how did you cope/work around the problem? ANTI-FOCUS: When has "the system" being down worked out for you? (Thanks, BL1Y) ALTERNATE FOCUS: Have you ever been the one that brought down the system? Was it on purpose, accidentally, or accidentally on purpose? What were the ramifications?