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#512: Frustration

Saturday, September 24, 2011

A rain storm last night knocked out my computer's modem emoticon leading to multiple irritating telephone calls to At&T tech support, having to slog through their convoluted recording system to get to a live person only to get have one call where the rep couldn't hear me, another when I was disconnected and on downhill from there.

But that didn't compare to today. My patience was sorely tried this morning.

After another night of insomnia I cleaned up and went to McDonald's to use the wi-fi, but it was down. I found out after I had bought breakfast. Could have saved money and calories if I had known.

Went to Denny's to see a line of waiting customers snaking out the door. emoticon emoticon emoticon Left and headed to a small cafe I often go to. Same thing, people out the door. At 0945! Does everyone have late breakfasts? Back to McD's. Still out.

Stopped by the bowling center emoticon that promotes free two-hour practice from 10:00-noon Saturdays for its league bowlers. It was closed, at 10:15, although the sign on the door showed opening hours Saturday as 10:00. Grrr!

Remembered our neighborhood center down the street has public use computers so drove there only to be told by the two teenage staffers that not only was the game room across from their desk closed on weekends but so too was the computer room. This was our conversation:

Me: Why is the computer room closed?

Guy staffer: Because we only have two of us on duty.

Me: So?

Guy: We aren't allowed to open the game room or computer room when there are only two of us here.

Me: Why?

Guy: I don't know. It's been that way for years.

This was a problem that the center manager assured me would be corrected last year when I needed to use one of the center's computers while mine was in for repair. Apparently her word wasn't to be trusted.

Me: Before I call my neighbor, our city commissioner, would you mind letting me use a computer for 15 minutes? emoticon

Guy: Okay.

I'm thinking: Duh, was that so hard?

When I finished, I asked him if this policy made any sense. He said no. I said I'd talk to the commissioner Monday, not just about the lack of computer availability but also about the center shutting out kids who want to use the game room.

What are we paying taxes for if the center opens the weight room, gym, restrooms and meeting rooms but not the rest of the center? I'll find out Monday when I call the commissioner, who does happen to be a neighbor and the person who supported me for the board position I hold on a city advisory committee. Should be interesting to see his follow up with the center's manager.

So now, at 7:45 p.m., I'm at Denny's catching up and looking forward to tomorrow when my niece's husband, an AT&T techie, stops by to install an old modem until the new one is delivered Tuesday.

Now, breathe in, breathe out, repeat.

Hoping your day was more peaceful.
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  • no profile photo CD10201374
    Wow, thats just one irritation after another. Those days are so difficult for me.

    I hope things keep working smoothly from now on
    3440 days ago
    Good Grief, Charley Brown, er, I mean Lou, make sure you don't ever get up on that side of the bed again! Hope everything is working smoothly now.
    BTW...if you encounter that dilemma again (and I hope you won't), try the public library. If you are a member they usually allow free access to their computers. Mine gives me 2 hours.

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    3442 days ago
    Sorry you had such an awful day! Glad you have your computer up and running now.

    3443 days ago
    emoticon What a day! I think I would have given up long before you did!
    3443 days ago
    Darn - I'm frustrated just reading your blog! I hope things have improved since Saturday.

    3444 days ago
    Hi Lou,
    Just read your blog from Saturday and hope things are better for you now. Does your city have a public library where you can go and use computers when yours are down like on Saturday morning?
    Linda emoticon
    3444 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    Hope all is looking brighter today!
    3444 days ago
    Gosh, Lou,

    If it weren't for bad luck, you wouldn't have had any luck yesterday! Hope today was a much better day.
    3445 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    What a day!! Hope you get your computer up and running again soon. emoticon
    3445 days ago
    Dear Lou, I'm sorry you had such a trying day yesterday, and hope that you rested well last night. Things tend to look better with a good night's rest. And I agree, God often sends or allows things (even things small in and of themselves) to strengthen us in one way or another. I'm of the opinion that many small irritants, such as you encountered yesterday, clustered together are often harder to endure than a single big thing.

    It's good that you know someone who can help out with the neighborhood center, and I'm glad that you're getting a (used) modum to use until the new one arrives.

    Have a blessed day, and another night's restful sleep.
    3445 days ago
    Been there, done that. I have spent over 9 hours on the phone with AT & T for a problem created by them. Good luck and remember to breathe!!
    3445 days ago
  • CHARMIN944
    I feel the same as HiketoHeights. I love your writing style. No matter the subject, I'm always interested.

    By the way, I'm sorry you had such a frustrating week!
    3445 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/25/2011 1:21:27 PM
    Oh Lou,

    You know we go through these tests that tries our Faith!!

    Be Strong my dear brother!!

    You did what you could do! Now, let God take care of the rest!!

    God bless!!!!!
    3445 days ago
    Hang in there Lou!!!

    Wendy emoticon
    3445 days ago
    I have to be honest with you. I sometimes wonder if I look forward to your blogs for the content or just your writing. Also, I am a tiny wee bit jealous. I love reading blogs, regardless of writing quality. Your style is unique to you almost like a fingerprint.

    I also like the way you consistently look at the world with a sense of justice coupled with action.

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    3445 days ago
  • MOGAL1946
    Wow, that was a frustrating day! You handled it well. Hope today brings sunshine your way.
    3445 days ago
  • TEMPEST272002
    Good job on the breathing - and persistance! I absolutely hate it when my computer went down. Like missing a limb or something. Hopefully all is resolved soon.
    3445 days ago
    Sometimes I have to try the breathe in and breathe out technique 20 times over. Otherwise I think my husband would come home to find me under the dinning room table, twitching uncontrollably.

    Hoping that the breathe in and breathe out isn't a 20+ timer for you and all is good soon.
    3445 days ago
    Oh, Lou! I had to chuckle, but not at your expense! Your blog just started sounding like Ziggy to me, and I LOVE Ziggy! I'm so glad you got through these trials and are ready for another day that will be better than today! emoticon emoticon
    3445 days ago
    Yes, please breathe.
    Remember the days before the internet? Just wondering.
    3446 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8301081
    emoticon Sorry you had such a rough day.
    3446 days ago
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