I’m breaking free of my Internetless chains.
For about a month now, I’ve been without access to the magical Interwebz within the comfort of my own home. It’s been a lovely obstacle to my post a day adventure.
But I’ve had enough now.
This whole thing started because I got in a fight with Comcast customer service and decided I didn’t need their stinking Internet service. Something about my rates constantly being hiked without warning, get routed to the wrong service center every time I called, and waiting 30 minutes to talk to a human just really turned me off to the world-at-my-fingertips thing.
Not that it was the Internet’s fault.
And there’s been something quite lovely about having to get out of my house every evening to go write a post, but it really sucks on weekends when all I want to do is sleep in, walk around in pajamas, and eat chocolate. And since I’m thinking of showing up at the cafe with a bag of chocolate chips and PJs, I think it’s time I give in and get another service provider. And I’m also really tired of not being able to look things up when I want to know them. I never realized how many times I Google something in a day until I was suddenly unable to do so. There are lots of random things I like to look up every day. Like store hours, phone numbers, how long an entire frozen chicken takes to thaw, whether the mushrooms in the fridge are bad or just look bad, what movies are playing… I need to know things. A lot of things. So yesterday I asked the folks at Verizon to send me some Interwebz.
…But I didn’t want to pay the service fee for installation so they’re sending me a kit.
That’s right – a kit. In approximately 4 days, I will be buried in a list of instructions, cords, and hopelessness. I will tell myself the same thing I tell myself when I need to construct furniture or do my taxes: millions of people have accomplished this all over the world. And at least one of those people has been dumber than me. And they succeeded. Logic dictates that I can also succeed.
I don’t really have any data from which I formed this hypothesis. Even if I could get the stats for how many people attempt those things per year and calculate approximately how many of them have less education or common sense than me, there’s absolutely no way to know how many of those people pieced together furniture that didn’t topple over the next day or do taxes that didn’t get audited.
I could make some really good fake pie graphs to make myself feel better though.
How hard can self installation be? I mean – they offer it as an option. One would think that there are several people who look at the $100+ fee and look at the self-installation (free) option and think “eh… I’ll do it.”
I have a lot of faith that I can pull this together on my own. Unfortunately, there will be no way for me to Google for common problems or search for advice while I’m undergoing the process. And if it takes too long, the cafe will close and I’ll have no way to post for that day. Note to self: go to cafe, write post, then attempt self-installation.
Giddy up. ♣