M.I.A. is too good a term for my lack of postings. That term, for me, brings back thoughts of heroes who disappeared while stationed in Vietnam. I’m no hero but I was, indeed, missing . . . for quite some time. I won’t say that I’m back, but, rather, making my presence known and alerting the world that I am still here and very much alive.
There was another incident that kept me off the electronic highway – my DSL went down for over a week! As it turned out, my modem was bad. VERIZON sent me another one poste-haste and after connecting it, my DSL was still down. Of course while all of this is going on, keep in mind that I was back and forth with customer service (yes – I use the term very lightly). Each and every rep with whom I spoke was extremely “English challenged”, to coin a phrase. The “final” outcome was that there was a problem on my line. Now, I retired from VERIZON when I was a service tech (one who installs and repairs telephone service for a living), and I assure you that there was no problem on my line. After a few days, I was told that there was a problem in the office, not my line. I don’t have a video phone but I can say with certainty that both a Black man and an Hispanic man called me to say that there was no trouble in the office. The real problem was that the modem that I was sent was very new and quite complicated to configure. They told me what to ask for when I next called for technical assistance. When I called, I asked for the very same – to no avail. I called the Hispanic gent back and told him of my quandary and he said that he could do nothing to help me as he was not trained in that capacity. He was, however, very gracious in transferring me to the Black gent with whom I had spoken earlier. He took about ten minutes of my time telling me what to do and, voila, my DSL was back up and working. I was extremely pleased that my problem had been solved, but, I think that I was more impressed by having two gents assist me who spoke fluent English!
That is when my “mobile troubles” began. TWITTER is nothing more than time wasted foolishly. It is not productive, is non-utilitarian, and the same results can be accomplished by already existing entities. However – non-productive, non-utilitarian, and redundancy is exactly what I’ve been looking for – blind indulgence, if you will. Ever since my DSL went down, I have not been able to log in to my mobile TWITTER account. I accomplished that feat yesterday while inside. next to my PC and was whistling Dixie when it happened. However, once back outside and in the public arena, I could not log in with my cell phone. I was distressed once again. I tweeted last night that I hope to have a decent cell phone by the end of the week and all of my “tweet” troubles will be behind me. We shall see.
I also spent a lot – no wait – an extreme amount of time playing a MMORPG (Massively Multi-playing Online Role Play Game) entitled EVONY (which can be found at evony.com). It is a game that combines a sim-type game, a role-play game, and a war game for an exciting and time-consuming experience. I won’t even go into details as I could go on for forever about the game, but, if you have the time and patience and don’t mind becoming addictive to yet another distraction, head to the site and let the fun begin. I know – I’ve already said it, but, let me reiterate – extremely addictive!
My e-troubles brought up an interesting thought: why is it that when our technological toys are not responding properly, we lose our minds? I love the time spent with my children. I bike ride with my best bud just about every weekend and it brings on hours of fun and conversation. I can go for days without turning on the TV, radio, or my MP3 player. Yet, when the internet and all of its wealth of information becomes unavailable, I swear that I just about lose it. It’s almost like my world has come to an end. Sad, indeed. I’m not (all that) embarrassed to let you know that I am a somewhat fan of The View (on ABC). Believe it or not, I can’t take my eyes off of Whoopi and Sherri. Yeah – sue me. At any rate, I quote their motto that is used at the end of each show: “Take some time to enjoy the view”. Peace.
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