I feel confident I’m not the only person who’s noticed that when something goes wrong, life has a way of piling on. A few weeks ago I was talking to a good friend of mine. She was bubbly on the phone, and then started recounting everything that was happening. Everything from their basement flooding to a huge crisis involving their niece to a death in the family – it literally had been thing after thing after thing.
For once, my life seemed quiet by comparison.
The internet was nowhere near as critical as the issues my friend was facing, but it truly was one thing after the other. It went down. We did every diagnostic under the sun and checked on our end – the problem was external. We’re supposed to have next-day repair. It went down Friday, but they weren’t going to come Saturday. Or Sunday. Staff shortages, it’s the weekend, and oh well. Our bills even say service 7 days a week… apparently not.
I had to get grumpy. They finally said they’d come Sunday morning, 11 am.
By 12:45 I was an unhappy person. I had to make another phone call.
They did come. And they did fix it. But this is when I have to say what the hell is the point of providing internet service if you can’t configure your system off a Mac computer? That guy took one look at the 17-inch flat screen in my husband’s office and gave up.
He did configure the equipment. But he couldn’t configure it on our computer. I was left with internet that was supposed to be functioning – and was – I just couldn’t use it.
At least, not the way I’m supposed to.
I had to unplug my computer, take it to Kevin’s office and plug it directly into the dish. And… voila, internet. Until Kevin came home and had to fix things on our end.
So, I was back on, in fits and spurts, but unable to be on for any concentrated period of time.
I’m pleased to say that, four days later and mooching of my sister’s computer involved, I’m back at my own desk, with functioning internet.
If I had made a choice to be away from the internet for four days, I would have had little problem with that. But having the choice made for me was irritating, in the end. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of stuff going on right now, and we’re days out from the next Spinetingler. This was not conducive to getting the web pages ready (they’re uploaded and then the links are put in when it goes live).
But we shall have smiles now. Because we can finally get caught up. Don't expect me to be fully on top of things for a few days - this has put me behind. But it's only put me behind my self-imposed schedule, and if I wasn't so anal I'd be less agitated about it.
Just to make life fun, though, blogger is refusing to let me upload the visual joke I had for today.
You just have to smile. What else can you do?
PS: It is September 11. In many ways, not a day I'm sure what's appropriate anymore. I've shared what I remember and how I felt that day, months ago here on the blog, when they were releasing the first 9/11 movie, but there are many blogs out there paying tribute or talking about the issues. Dave Terrenoire's is one of them.