Longing for AdelphiaI had Adelphia high-speed internet until Time Warner took over a couple months ago and migrated my service to Road Runner. My cable television has been okay since the change, but so far, my internet service with Time Warner has sucked hard.
I work from home, online. When my internet service goes down, I can't work. Yesterday, it went down at 10:30 am. It took 30 minutes to get through to customer service just to report the problem. I waited another hour before giving up on Time Warner, and then I went into the office to finish my work day. When I got home from the office at about 7:30 pm, the cable was back up. It was a long day, but I was glad my internet was working again.
Today, I was happily working away when I noticed I was no longer connected to the mainframe at work. Yes, you guessed it, my internet was down again. I looked at the clock, and sure enough, it was 10:30 am again. Fired up, I called Time Warner customer service again, spent another 30 minutes waiting in their fucking queue, listening to obnoxious prerecorded sales pitches, before a moron answered and told me they were getting a lot of calls from my area. Duh. I told her that the service went down exactly at the same time today as it had yesterday, and that I thought that was important information to pass on to someone in charge, especially someone in charge of FIXING IT. It took her a few times, but after several repetitions of the information, she was finally able to grasp the concept. (I think.)
In the meantime, I've played an exceptional number of spider solitaire games in the last couple of days since that's what I do when 1) I'm on the telephone, and 2) I have no internet access.
I'm typing this post out on WordPad, probably a little ambitiously hopeful that my internet service will be restored any time soon. So far, the lights on the modem are still blinking, except for the magical ONLINE light which remains elusively dark.
Thankfully, text messaging on my cell phone is not affected by Road Runner. My sister is trying to donate her old car (she was forced to get a new one over the holidays when her old one died a painful death), and the towing service was supposed to pick it up yesterday. They didn't show up. If they don't tow it today, it will sit in front of her house tomorrow, street-sweeping day, and she will get a ticket. Needless to say, she and I have been commiserating via text message on the fact that, if we are both competent at our jobs, why shouldn't we expect the same from the internet provider and towing companies? V-e-r-y frustrating.
For all you Lindsey Buckingham fans out there, my main man will be on the Jimmy Kimmel show Thursday night, ABC. I guess technically it's Friday morning, but I suggest you stay up Thursday night to watch it.
Later, 2:30 pm - Since I'm not working, I've been watching Gerald Ford's funeral on television. Poor Betty Ford. I couldn't help but think how hard this whole thing must be on her. Not only is she in her 80s, mourning her husband of 58 years; but she's also had to travel nonstop, attending four separate services for him over the past week. That would exhaust a person in their physical prime, let alone a woman her age. She looked so frail and sad. Really, I've always liked the Fords. Gerald Ford was a good man. Betty had the courage to be flawed under the microscope, and I've always really respected her for that.
Anyway, in watching the funeral, it got me thinking. I don't know a lot about military protocol, so maybe someone knows the answer to the following query. Do the musicians in the military have other duties or is their sole job that of a musician? I'm not being glib (curse you, Tom Cruise, for making that perfectly appropriate word a cultural joke), I'm legitimately curious about this. I also wonder how they select the pall bearers and other military attendants to serve in a president's funeral.
Later still, 6:30 pm - Still no fucking cable! OMG, I'm so pissed! I hate you, Time Warner! On a happier side note, I can report that my sister's car was picked up by the towing service.
8:30 - Internet service just came back up. Ten hours.