The Washington Times - September 23, 2008, 02:39PM

There was a minor electrical fire around 12:45 this afternoon at the team house, which in turn led to a temporary power outage.

I say minor because I didn’t see it nor smell it. And, of course, I didn’t have to put it out.

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It did add some hilarity to festivities. Multiple times, media members approached the soda machine in the dining hall to discover it was powered by electricity.

One member of the electronic media repeatedly crossed sabers with the soda machine, which doggedly retained its contents despite the presence of a befuddled user.

In short, it was a fine time for people watching.

Without the electricity, the wireless microphones Maryland wants reporters to use were rendered useless. But somehow, we managed to get through the session without our version of a conch shell. In fact, no one even got nicknamed Piggy during the proceedings. Somewhere in the great beyond, William Golding is probably surprised.

One final moment of amusement came when Ralph Friedgen finished up his comments for the day and went back to his office. At that moment, the lights came back on.

So much for Ralph enlightening us by his sheer presence on this afternoon.

Patrick Stevens