Whenever there is a problem with my connection to the Internet, there are a few thoughts that automatically enter my mind. I wonder if you have the
same dilemma as well.
First thought is just your basic, “Crap, I have to go reset the modem!”. Usually this fixes the problem within a short few minutes. Then the
reset doesn't work and then the second thought kicks in, “Crap, I have to reset the modem, again!”.
So, the first 2 thoughts centered around the modem, but then in between the 2nd reset that doesn't fix the problem and the 3rd reset, the other
thoughts enter the picture, “Crap, did I forget to pay the damn bill?”. Checking that will be kind of tough to do though because like all my
bills, I pay that on-line.
Of course I paid the damn thing, are you serious, that is the 3rd most important bill I have after my rent and electricity, so that thought disappears
rather quickly and on to the 4th thought I go. The service provider is obviously doing a maintenance reboot of their own, right? Depending on the
time it is when the connection goes awry will usually require a late night situation, which this was (3:30 AM), so it’s possible.
Now about this time I am deciding whether or not I want to brave the telephone fiasco, you know the one, where you have to push 20 buttons to get
someone on the phone that most likely will not be able to communicate in proper English just to find out, “Yes, you paid your bill” and “No, we
are not doing maintenance“. If I do not call though then I can wander onto my 5th thought.
Which is that dreaded, “Is this the end of the world, scenario?” I know that is a bit drastic, but it happens to me when I lose contact with the
outside world on the Internet. If there was a major catastrophe that happened and cell phones go down or there was no way to communicate the mind can
go there, at least mine can and has.
Especially with the state of worldwide affairs right now. Go to bed and wake up to another escalation somewhere or another mass shooting or another
earthquake or another volcano erupting or a major storm ripped though some area…losing my connection to the Internet or cell service is hardly
traumatic, but it takes on a personality of it’s own when it happens.
Not having the ability to stay informed definitely has it’s downside, then the 6th thought finds it’s mark, “Shut the hell up, you are
overreacting!” Even if any of the above scenarios did occur there, would not be much I could do, right? If they happened in my area somehow I
would find out something, the worse part is not knowing if someone I am close to has a problem and they need me.
I am not done with the thoughts though, number 7 is the final log entry on this matter (you can stop the snickering and sneering and the rolling of
the eyes, you know who you are), however, “What the hell did I do before the Internet?” Well, I survived just fine without it and cell phones
for that matter (until they shut all the land lines down, which is really stupid by the way).
Number 7 comes with a caveat, now, because they took away all the landlines. I can survive without my Internet connection, I can survive without cell
phone service, but how the hell can we communicate without land lines for emergencies?
Back in Grandpa’s day they had the pony express to get word to people about important matters or they rang a bell for the firemen and the sheriff in
town was ready for the hootin’ and hollerin’ derelicts shooting up the town, they didn't have no cotton pickin’ fancy cell phone or Internet or
even land lines, but they survived. Technology is a wonderful thing until you don’t have it. Then you have to learn to deal without it.
I guess what I am saying in my long winded round about kind of satirical prose is that whatever thoughts I get about my Internet connection going
haywire and where they lead me, is this, “# happens, deal with it!”
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