A Week Without the Internet

December 19, 2008 at 1:33 am

Last week my internet connection went out. Died, dark, poof, gone. No warning, no explanation, just suddenly nothing. Frantic phone calls to my internet provider, Time Warner Cable, served only to raise my blood pressure. Hours of outage stretched into a day, and then two, and eventually an entire week.

I had a chance to find out just how much I depend on having a working internet connection. I depend on it a LOT!

The biggest issue was not being able to use email. I was in the middle of email conversations with two clients that week, and I really needed to access my email in order not to look an utter fool and totally unprofessional. I also very sorely missed listening to my favorite internet radio station, reading all the wonderful art and news blogs I subscribe to, and just being able to look something up whenever the urge strikes. Maps, directions, local weather, word definitions, recipes, all the little things I depend on were suddenly cut off.

I turned to the local public library. Bless them for providing public access computer terminals. The reference desk was no longer the place to go for esoteric library information, it had become the computer terminal signup desk. (I’m pretty sure this is NOT what the librarians went to library school for!) I’d sign up for a terminal and then have to wait up to an hour until my assigned time. One of the terminals I used was incredibly slow, but at least it worked. I saw one person lose an hour’s worth of work when her terminal suddenly froze. Waiting around for the allotted time was a pain. Still, it was free and it saved my bacon. I was able to access the emails from my clients, arrange meetings, and generally conduct business in a professional manner.

Anyway, if you were wondering why I didn’t blog last week, that was why. I could just barely access my email thanks to the library. Blogging was out of the question.

I am happy to announce that my internet connection is back. Actually, there have been a few hiccups this week, but each time it comes back within a few minutes. So far, at least.

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Barbara J Carter

I'm an artist. I make paintings with dots.

I work in acrylic paint, in a couple of distinct styles: landscapes and abstracts.

Native to California, I've lived elsewhere and only recently returned to my home state. I now live in Los Angeles.

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