Yesterday we reconfigured every school for new IP addresses for Internet traffic. We had to touch every router, every printer, and a few machines. The amazing thing was that we did it in a few hours, and it worked. We left yesterday breathing a sigh of relief.

Then I came in this morning. The first thing I noticed was that the map on my network mapping computer was blinking red. I’d lost two elementary schools. Great. Why did my network break?

One school relayed its signal to us through the other, so I figured that the problem might lie with the relaying school. I drove down to check, and called our secretary to let her know what’s up. “Oh,” she says, “I wonder if it’s the snake.” The snake?

Yep. Apparently a huge snake fell on the power lines outside the school and blew a few breakers inside the school. By the time I got down there, the electrician had fixed the breakers. I rebooted the router and we were in business.

I never saw the snake. I don’t know who disposed of it. Just when you thought you’d seen it all…