I know that there are many of you out there who shun the t.v. or have only negative views of watching shows, BUT, I’m not one of them. I like watching t.v. in all it’s hyped up glory and when I can’t watch certain shows, I get restless and disconcerted. Actually, I feel that way about having access to a computer. And of course, the Gods always like to have a laugh and test us out now and then.
Yesterday, I went up to my apartment with the sole purpose of setting up my new t.v. and getting my computer ready for the move. I wanted to make sure that the first night after a day of chaos and moving, I would have my creature comforts and crash in front of one of my usual Friday night shows and relax. And then the morning after the move, on Saturday go on my computer and read blogs of have fun on Pinterest. Yes, there are probably other more “productive” ways to relax but the t.v. and my computer are my drugs of choice.
Anyway back to what happened yesterday. The tech man from my t.v. provider spend an hour out there setting up my t.v. and reception for my computer. I kept verifying with him, that even though I’m not moving until the 18th, I’ll still be able to watch t.v. and use my computer back home as I guess there’s one “box” that gives one access to both, along with the phone.
I get home after a long day of organizing this and that and sure enough, my t.v. isn’t working, just a horrible black screen, I can’t sign onto my computer and my phone is void of the dial tone, so I know I’m in trouble. Literally, three hours pass, talking to my t.v./internet/phone provider and basically someone screwed up along the way and I was S.O.L. except they managed to get my internet back up.
I can’t believe how tired and upset I was and yet somehow managed to keep it together after looking forward to watching…wait for it, the show “Survivor.” It’s one of my guilty pleasures, o.k.?
I had my cell phone but I was told it would be two weeks before I could get my phone up and running and my t.v. working until I moved which is only in one week! Then different operators from my t.v/phone provider assured me that I would have a tech. person out tomorrow to reverse all my services because they thought I had already moved out of my house. I never, ever told them I was moving earlier than the 18th. Still, many of you are probably shaking their heads for how upset I got.
I don’t give out my cell phone number unless it’s a family member or friend so anyone who tried to call me would not even get a message saying when they called me, “this phone number has been changed to….” There’s just a black hole of nothingness with my current phone number.
Last night at ten o’clock I was told that just “maybe” if someone messed up their apt. with my t.v./internet/phone provider I would luck out and someone would be over to fix everything right away which is better than waiting two weeks to have everything working.
So, here I am, on the computer (thank heavens for small miracles) and waiting around for something that may or may not happen. Screw it, I’m going out because I was assured that even though I may or may not get my services up and running today, a tech. is scheduled to come over to my house tomorrow to fix my problems.
We all have our rituals and one of my major rituals is temporarily on the blitz although I remembered Hulu where I can at least watch shows on my computer. I’m going to organize more for moving today and then off to do something that’ll divert me.
Yes, we are spoiled here as there are so many people in the world who don’t even have drinking water or food and so this is a self-pitying rant, I guess. But, sometimes self-pity is necessary to move on through life’s annoyances or problems. This is the end of my rant, thank you all for listening if you’ve managed to make it to the end of this post and th-th-th-that’s all folks!
What’s your guilty pleasure? And how hooked are YOU to our plugged in life?
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