We have had some major storms hit us over the past 2 weeks. I am grateful for the rain. We need it. The local lakes that were down to 19% of their capacity are nearly up to 80% now, and that is awesome. The waterfalls at Yosemite are flowing and so beautiful in their fullness. We have had so much rain that we are seeing mushrooms sprout up in our yard, a first for us here.
But storms can also affect our already tenuous Internet. Out of the past 14 days, we have been without Internet 7 of those days. As of right now, we have been without Internet for 24 hours, and have been told that a technician can’t get out here until Tuesday – which is 4 days from now. That is not good.
The Internet is such a part of my daily life that I use it without even thinking. Like right now….. I started typing this in a Word document, fully intending to send it to one of my support team members to post on my blog for me. It took me a minute before I realized without the Internet, how would I get this to her?
Earlier this morning I asked my Echo Dot what the temperature was outside. She replied, “Sorry. I’m having trouble understanding right now. Please try a little later.” Oh, right. No Internet.
I next decided to do some design work that doesn’t require Internet. I like to design with instrumental music in the background. Once I sat down at my computer, as is my habit, I asked Alexa to play some John Tesh music for me. Her response was the same as earlier in the day: “Sorry. I’m having trouble understanding right now. Please try a little later.”
I first remember getting access to the Internet via America Online (AOL), in the late 80’s. We had to pay $30 a month for maybe 20 hours of Internet per month. Twenty hours might not be exactly right, but I know it was very limited because we used to keep notes on how much time we used so we wouldn’t go over our limit. Right now I would use Google to see if I could confirm that, but…. I’m without Internet.
And now, 30 years later, if I don’t have access to the Internet 100% of the time, it’s an inconvenience.
For the past 10 minutes, I have been just been sitting here at my computer, staring out my office window at the birds that are coming for breakfast. It’s kind of peaceful actually.
But I really do need to get some work done. I was told the technician would come out earlier than Tuesday if they have a cancellation. Crossing my fingers that happens.
How about you? Does the loss of Interest affect you? Mildly? A lot? Not at all?
P.S. The technician did have a cancellation and came late this afternoon. I’m up and running again. YEA!