Apparently some part of my neighbor's power box needs replacement - it could go out totally, soon. That in itself is not/would not be a problem for me. When it gets replaced, however, we will have a break in service.
We have electric heat, and my wife and I both work at home. So the question is, do we schedule the repair (and thus plan to be without power for a few hours) or wait to see if it will last, and maybe it won't break for a while.
Makes sense to go ahead and get it fixed, right, this time of year?
Except it's not my power that's broken, and it's not me that will be without power even when it breaks. Only when it's repaired. So the decision rests in the owners' hands, who live an hour away. They won't get cold when it gets repaired, and then tenant works out of the home, so it might not be too bad on her either.
The electrician knocked on my door today and explained the situation to me. He's supposed to keep me posted. I'm thinking that if it breaks at an inconvenient time (e.g. Christmas Eve), we just invite our neighbors to crash with us until we're "ready" to be without power.