Tuesday, May 01, 2007

OTJ Needs A Servicing

The DSL line to my house done up and died.


"How dare you go down on me, Earthlink!!"

Okay, there is a problem with that last bit...

I mean, "How dare you" and "go down on me" don't belong in the same DOCUMENT much less the same sentence.

I tend to lean more towards this way of thinking...

"Oh, I do DECLARE, Rhet! I seem to have dropped my hanky! Be a gentlemen and fetch it for me...oh, and since you're already down there... "

Ain't no "how dare you" involved, you get me?!

Anyway, my access to teh internets is troubled.

Right now I am using a borrowed laptop and STOLEN WIFI!!!

I'm a CRIMINAL now!

[Interesting to see the WiFi account names my neighbors have chosen...]

Because I am sneaking onto the web, I havn't been able to surf around the Blog-O-Sphere. Are you missing this trusty internet pal's comments on yer blog? I'm missing you too.

My dead-as-a-doornail internet access is not just putting the hurt on my travels in blogland, it's proving far worse for my PRO-FESH-I-NULL CAREERZ.

I work as a consultant and I work from home.

These days I'm working on a big, fat merger and scrambling to get a presentation ready for the merger task force meeting taking place early next week in D.C.

So as you might imagine, now is a GREAT time to have no e-mail.

Yeah! Awesome!

If only I could get SERVICED.

Heh.

72 comments:

kellypea said...

Yah know....I was wondering who's been lurking around using my probably non-fire walled DSL connection.

Great post! Good luck w/ your work, tho...

Chris H said...

God help anyone who dicks around with my internet access is all I can say! Hope you get "serviced" soon!

WILLIAM said...

earthLICK?

Stepping Over the Junk said...

DSL has never worked for me. Broadband is the way to go. Gosh, remember dial up? And if someone called, it bumped us offline?

All my work is done online for the most part, communication, web, etc...it is very frustrating when it goes out. Which isn't often...since I have Broadband and all.

Denguy said...

"Oh, I do DECLARE, Rhet! I seem to have dropped my hanky! Be a gentlemen and fetch it for me...oh, and since you're already down there... "

That's funny, I called my wife over to read it, but she didn't find it as funny.

Paige said...

As a fellow contractor, I can relate. Internet outages make me desperately in need of servicing too.

Janet a.k.a. "Wonder Mom" said...

Damn DSL. No, I really haven't a clue about internet usage and wifi and all that jazz. My husbands the computer geek. If it weren't for him, I'd be dialing up on my Commodore 64.

Hence, another reason I MUST NOT divorce him....

QT said...

Dude - Rhet? What happened to being serviced by the Park Ranger while you wait? Don't you have a fire that needs putting out or something?? I hear they are good at that.

Starrlight said...

ROFL! Serviced.

E Link was usually good to me. Oh and small world. My ex boyfriend who lives in Hotlanta used to be a customer service phone jockey for Elink. For like all of 8 months.

Phara said...

I hate it when that happens..or not. Depends on what we are talking about.

Patience said...

Hurry! Get it fixed!!!

Much More Than A Mom said...

It drives me CAH-RAZY to have no internet for even 30 minutes. Not that I'm on it all the time, but if I can't get it that's when I want it.

Queen of the Mayhem said...

Maybe it's a good servicing that I am needing to solve all my problems! :)


Hope you get your internet working soon!

I'm with you on the dare thing....I say "THANK YOU VERY MUCH!"

Chaos Control said...

Good luck to you on getting the internet crisis solved. And cheers to getting serviced as well!

Robin said...

Why can't you surf the blogosphere on the stolen Wifi?

BARON.VON.TRUBE said...

The Baron sympathizes with the plight of a woman not being serviced.

KC said...

DC??? As in MY DC?

Well, consider this an open invitation for happy hour at the KC household (where the Margaritas come with a skull and crossbones and a disposable camera to document the shame.)

slouching mom said...

Oh, poor you.

Or maybe it's a relief to take a break from commenting for a few days?

(I'm a little overwhelmed lately at the time-consuming nature of this blogging endeavor; not that I don't love it!)

CamiKaos said...

I would be going insane... and also stealing internet from others... it isn't stealing if you really need it right? oh, yeah, still is...

hope your earthlink can get it up soon.

Nancy said...

I cannot, cannot live without internet access. Particularly when it's really needed for work, etc. -- so my sympathies.

But you're coming to DC? Next week? Any chance you might have a spare hour or so to meet for coffee?

amyerj said...

I too, need servicing... but not of the Internet kind. (Poor me!)

Thanks for the new trick, I'm going off to buy a box of hankies for dropping. =)

Erika, Plain Jane Mom said...

Oh no -- internetlessness is the stuff of nightmares... I'm sure the neighbors understand.

wendy boucher said...

Hoo boy. You need a little relief. I hope your service returns quickly and repeatedly.

Lawyer Mama said...

I have been desperately missing your comments.

Only you could make internet technical problems a double entendre!

Tracysan said...

Ah, yes...having one's internet down is on par with being locked out of one's house or having one's car towed.

Mamma said...

Do you get to attend the meeting? If so, we MUST get together while you're here. Okay, please can we get together?

d. chedwick bryant said...

sometimes I just steal my neighbor's WI FI even though I have it too-- just fer fun.

I do wish you the best of luck with the servicing thing.

Jennifer said...

I had no internet access a few days ago. I called my *ahem* "provider", and discovered that, whoops!, we'd forgotten to pay the bill. For three months. (Guess the husband's "new bill-paying system" isn't all it's cracked up to be.) You'd better believe I paid ON THE SPOT to be up and running again. Because I can't go without *ahem*, "service", now, can I?

Blog Antagonist said...

ROFL...that's why I have backup. We also have access through hubby's T1 connection, which is somehow not related to our home network. Don't ask me, I don't know. All I know is...no going down for me.

Mrs. Chicky said...

Damn that internet! Damn them all to... Uh, where do internet providers go to die?

SciFi Dad said...

I too will chime in to sing the praise of cable based internet over DSL. We switched a couple years ago after a 5 day outage (seriously... five freakin' days) and have never looked back.

However, there's something exciting about pilfering wifi... although then you think about the creepy guy using it to surf porn while parked in front of your neighbour's house and it's not quite so alluring... but I digress.

The Sour Kraut said...

On our first date, The Swede and I went out for a romantic dinner then met a bunch of friends at a bar to see a band.

At one point, I bent down to get something from my purse on the floor and he whispered to his friend, (in his oh-so-not-a-whisper sort of way) "As long as you're down there..."

I thought it was hysterical but my friend told me she would never have gone out with him again.

I guess you and The Swede are cut from the same cloth. : )

Pgoodness said...

Oh, the laughter! You are so damn funny! ROLFMAO

NotSoSage said...

Oh, great, now I'm picturing K in a cravat searching frantically through layers and layers of crinoline...

Cathy said...

Ouch. Sudden Internet withdrawl. I hate that.

Maybe you can dally with Rhet while waiting...?! :)

Momish said...

I'll say a prayer for you! I would be on morphine drip by now. Hang in there chica!

metalia said...

You are so effing funny. That is all.

Grim Reality Girl said...

May you be serviced as you deserve... May you get down with the go downs....
May park ranger goodness shine upon you....

I'm thinking happy thoughts for you in this time of crisis.

aimee / greeblemonkey said...

Jinkies. I think I would explode if my broadband went down. Literally explode.

Mel said...

Holy crap, I wondered where you'd gone off to.
Hope they fix and damn soon!

hautemama said...

Why does it seem that the internet always seems to take a sab when you REALLY need it!

LOVED your "I do declare" dialogue. Halarious!

jen said...

with no connection, perhaps it is time to consider the hook up.

i mean, you've got some free time.

Jenifer said...

When ours goes down I just ahem become a criminal like you, very surprising what is around here too.

Hope that service call was everything you hoped it would be!

flutter said...

There's no park ranger to service you, or go down, or something?

carrie said...

Well golly, I hope you get "serviced" soon woman.

Congrats on your perfect post, btw. :)

Carrie

Kara said...

ack! Hope it gets fixed soon.

Mom on Coffee said...

If I were to lose my internet, I'm sure I would develop a tic and probably need to be medicated to not kill someone!

Izzy said...

A life without teh internets? Perish the thought!

Hope you get serviced real good-like :)

ali said...

oooh..i love to steal wifi. gives me a tremendous sense of self satisfaction :)

Queen Heather said...

As another work from home groupie, I feel your pain. It sucks when the net goes down!

Dirty Birdie said...

That totally sucks big donkey balls. Which in Mexico might be fun but here it's just gross.

Aliki2006 said...

I do miss you!

It's awful to be without internet--we were for 5 hours last week and it was TERRIBLE.

Misa Gracie said...

Thank the WIFI Gods for consistent service so far (knocking on wood). Hope yours comes back soon!

Also, I don't think there is a way to tell that you're using someones WIFI unless they are tracking it - which most homebased WIFI doesn't... since mostly it a broadcast router connected to DLS or T1 lines... so your illicit WIFI shenanigans should go undetected.

so grab a board, Surfs Up!!

moodswingingmommy said...

Oh no! I was having major issues last week, too until I finally got 'serviced.' Now I'm feeling much better and the computer is working, too.

mox said...

now DAT was funny. (unlike all your other posts.) if earthlink were a man, would he look like rhett? "...picturing K in a cravat searching frantically through layers and layers of crinoline" that was awesome notsosage. I'm officially cracked up.

Christina_the_wench said...

Preach it, sista!!!

mcewen said...

There are programmes for people like you - internet junkies - less of a 12 step programme, more of a DSL - 'Don't Search Lovie!'
Cheers

Chrissy said...

Oh, I do declare...Amen Sistah!!!

Andria and Co. said...

lol... funny!

BOSSY said...

Bossy loves big fat mergers - with special sauce on a toasted sesame seed bun.

Kelly said...

It went down in our area this week too. A friend of mine who's wife went back to work this week, and who promised his boss that he working from home so that his daughter didn't have to go to child care would not be a problem or a hindrance was freaking out. At my last count he had called 4 neighbors in a 10-minute period trying to find out if there cable was out. No one, including myself was home.

When I called him 2 hours later, I suggested a 12-step program.lol

Slackermommy said...

At least your resourceful. A girls gotta do what she's gotta do to get serviced!

Mimi said...

Teehee. My neighbours are computer science students. So their WiFi is all secure, damn them. If you can't sponge off university students, who can you sponge off, I say?

Kevin said...

All this talk of "going down" and "getting serviced" is making me depressed.

I'm your your Internets will fine soon.

Hol said...

I sympathize. Working from home can be difficult at times, but then losing your connection? Oh the horror!

Hope things get up and running soon.

Jennifer said...

Holy schnikees! I hate being without internet...hope you are holding up okay!

Funny post, as always!

Damselfly said...

Hee hee! I once saw a guy computing from his car of the Panera parking lot, too cheap to go in and buy anything!

Stacie said...

Too funny. Good luck with the DSL issue.

Me said...

my neighbors have interesting wifi names too, like Pooslayer, yep pooslayer. Ever since I found out, I am always wondering who Pooslayer is we have no teenagers nearby, so it has to be a grownup, now the question is which grown up!

QueenieB said...

Gotta love stolen wifi...

And if you're going to be IN D.C., we're not too far-feel free to stop by the House of Bad!

The Holmes said...

I too have been guilty of internodes theft. Glad to know I'm not alone.

James said...

I am a Cisco,3Com,Linksys, Avaya, Mitel, SMC Certified tech/reseller. So I might not know much, but I have great DSL service from AT&T costs ( 6 meg) less than Charters overpriced (3 meg maybe) and unreliable internet service. Charter is down about 5 weekday mornings a month average and they claim to be a business solution. MY At&T went down for 15 minutes at 3 am saturday during a snow storm in January once, and only once since July of 2006. I had both Charter and AT&T for almost a year and the Charter was down so much it was no longer sane to pay for it, so I got rid of them I now pay $10 less a month for double the speed. My speed tests over the year never dropped below 5.75 megs down and 768k up load, Charter was 1.5 most of the time and barely 128k up 90% of the time occasionally it went up to 2.5 never hit 3 megs as advertised.

This was also expreienced by my customers over the past 2 years and yes I monitor usage. I used to recommend charter, but never again.

and oh if people steal my internet, they better hope the law catches them before I do.. Yes I hate theft growing up in Detroit did that to me....