Captain’s Log 5,166
I got home yesterday and realized my wifi was down. The day before, it was the laptop. So in a fit of grrrrrr, I contacted the cable company. I was directed to online chat support, and that was a real adventure.
It was very apparent that I was chatting with someone in India. The name, the use of formal language, etc. The big tip off came when I tried to tell a joke and nothing happened except “thank you.”
The technician asked for permission to access my computer and router remotely. That was fun – watching someone else scoot around in my settings. I kept watching the little lights on the router waiting for something to happen. Lights on. Lights off. Mostly lights off.
After almost an hour, I was told the router was broken. I was told to go to the cable company and get a new one.
Another “thank you.”
I did not feel like taking that as the final answer. I got a soda from the fridge and decided to give this another go. I plowed through the cable company’s automated operator system and clicked on something that sounded close to “department that can fix routers that won’t access the internet.” And I talked to a person on the phone!
She puttered around and tried some of the same things the other technician did. Lights on. Lights off. Then, she had an AHA moment and tried something else. Badda Bing! The light came on and it stayed on! I was connected to the internet!
I have no idea what she did, but I can now pick up my signal sitting in my car in the garage. I went from nothing to mega-strong. I don’t understand how these things work. I just want them to work.
And yesterday, the “I” key on my keyboard wouldn’t work unless I hammered it really hard. Shit. So Carl the Computer and I had a Come to Jesus meeting about that earlier this morning. I merely explained that I did not find that amusing and it needed to stop. And stop now.
And today the keys are working just fine. I refuse to try to figure this out.
I woke up this morning to the news about the Egyptian airline crashing on its flight from Paris. Early speculation indicates terrorist involvement. Planes do not just fall out of the sky. The lack of radio contact is also very suspicious. There were also security personnel on the plane. My gut feeling says it was some sort of bomb.
If that is indeed correct, here we go again. Mindless violence for the cause of religious righteousness. Once again, religion brings out the worst in people – as is so often the case. I could do a serious rant here, but what’s the point? The best we can do is live our lives with dignity and fairness – and without a religious label that sets us up for target practice. Or, in some cases, makes us the ones holding the damn gun.
It’s time to conquer another day. Counting the days until the Roots mini series airs (on A&E, Lifetime, and the History Channel). I remember when it aired in 1977. I scheduled my entire life around that series. I watched every minute of it. A friend of mine asked me why we need to do it again. In light of what’s happening in our world, I think it’s very important that we continue to learn about the things that happened in the past so we can see the danger of it all happening again in the future. Thanks, Donald Trump for that.