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So, did my internet get fixed yesterday or was I stood up once again?

If you're reading this, I was stood up.

Maybe I was able to get them to reschedule for today, maybe not.

I'm hoping more people have power restored and roads are cleared so life can stabilize along the East Coast.

We had a bit of a cold front come through - just a bit.  Sunny and 70's, so not unpleasant at all.  I am probably mowing today. And waiting for internet at home.  I pay $75 a month for this?

EDITED TO ADD: They came, finally.  Turned into a major production, too, and they had to go get more help.  The ice storm we had last winter that knocked the internet out apparently damaged the cable lines which is why I've been having crap reception, especially on windy days (which, in Oklahoma, is almost every day).

They ended up replacing the cable lines all the way from the house to the pole in my back yard, and then down the line each direction for I don't know how far.  Then they upgraded the intake box outside my house, then, for grins and giggles, because it was so old (15 years old), they replaced the modem inside my house.

Hopefully, this lasts as long as I live here.  

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

    by Noddy on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 09:35:04 PM PDT

  •  Hang in there, (9+ / 0-)

    we'll leave the light on for ya.

    xo,

    jes

    "the Devil made me buy this dress!" Flip Wilson as Geraldine Jones

    by BlueJessamine on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 09:43:41 PM PDT

  •  Honestly, is there any other (5+ / 0-)
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    chimene, broths, FloridaSNMOM, weck, old wobbly

    choice for your ISP?  One can understand that things go wrong with tech stuff, but leaving you hanging with unkept appointments is ridiculous!  I regularly swear at my ISP, but mine seems like a Cadillac plan compared to yours...

    I'm beginning another month of playing for all three Masses at my church.  The early organist hasn't quit, but she has phoned in the month of November.  I keep thinking I'll get used to this and be able to sleep on Saturday night.  So far, that's not working very well.  :-(

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 01:25:57 AM PDT

    •  Nope. (3+ / 0-)
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      weck, luckylizard, old wobbly

      The cable company came in and locked up an exclusive monopoly with the little town where I live back when internet first became available here (15 years ago). I'm not sure for how long they locked it up, I just know that they are still the only game in town for internet access and cable TV.  I don't mind the cable TV monopoly since I hardy watch TV, but the rare times I have internet access issues, it takes forever to get them out here.

      1 block east or west and I'd be in another town with wider internet choices. Imagine a town built like a barbell, two large circles connected by a narrow bar - I live in the bar, which is a whopping 2 blocks wide and 9 blocks long.

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 07:54:06 AM PST

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      •  Oh my! You're in a bind... (3+ / 0-)
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        There are very few choices where I live, but it's not quite a monopoly.  Our metro area is a bunch of contiguous cities and towns which used to have widely disparate cable companies.  Now, cable is pretty much down to one company, but we can still get DSL through the various phone companies in each town.  

        My biggest complaint is that the infrastructure in my neighborhood is so old.  If it's windy or rainy or too hot or too cold, my internet will slow down to a crawl or simply stop.  This area is old and not rich, so they really don't invest in updating the cables or fiber or whatever we have here.  I pay the same amount as those whose service is much more reliable and that pi$$es me off no end.  It's like a chain grocery store that charges more for things in a poorer neighborhood than a suburban one.  Grrrrr...

        Good luck with your quest!

        -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

        by luckylizard on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 10:02:17 AM PST

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        •  Old and unreliable (1+ / 0-)
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          that as certainly true. My wiring and modem were 15 years old and apparently the ISP upgraded their systems so my modem couldn't always talk to them anymore, and the wires were also old and worn from 15 years of harsh Oklahoma weather.  

          Thing is - they knew how old my equipment was.  Did they ever offer to upgrade it?  No, they kept trying to patch it even after they knew the old modem wouldn't run on their protocols any more.

          Why?  Who knows?  They'll be charging me for the new line and modem on the next bill. They aren't losing money over this, just making one customer who will flee them as soon as either other ISps are allowed into town or I move.

          All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

          by Noddy on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 08:02:45 PM PST

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          •  Time was, there was such a thing (1+ / 0-)
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            as service and attention to customers.  That is all long gone, especially when a company is given a lock on customers via a monopoly.  All that malarkey about lack of regulation making more competition is just nuts, especially when localities buy into the monopoly thing.  

            I also understand the OK strain on the wires, etc.  Iowa isn't that much kinder to such things with 100s in the summer and -20s in the winter.  :-)

            -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

            by luckylizard on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 11:00:54 PM PST

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      •  Good news; perseverance finally pays off!! (1+ / 0-)
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        I expect we will be seeing many more graphics in diaries to come!!  Yea!!  Itzl-pics!!

        Please donate to Okiciyap food pantry. . If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.

        by weck on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 01:37:37 PM PST

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  •  this makes 4 no-shows, doesn't it? what a pain!! (6+ / 0-)
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    broths, FloridaSNMOM, Caedy, weck, Noddy, old wobbly

    hope this gets sorted soon.

    ... whee. adventures. just had some clunking & scrabbling -- all 3 of us still up at 1.30 am, on computers... my son went to check his room, thought a squirrel had chewed it's way in beside the window AC, but when I got a flashlight and went outside to take a look. found what looks like somebody tried to start the accordian pull-out wing-thingie ON FIRE -- and also on OUR bedroom window AC unit (same wall)

    well, turns out that particular plastic doesn't burn for diddly! thank heavens.

    THEN teh DH took a flashlight & fireplace hatchet and went out to check the back yard perimeter! found a gate open that shouldn't have been, back yard storage open (well, that MAY have been us), and a couple of things moved around on the back patio, which is a mess of storage, but a couple of things definitely not where they were last, and storage drawers open.

    so I called non-emergency, got an incident number, and maybe I'll call and get a cop drop-by tomorrow. DH & son are out immobilizing the one gate with screws.

    this is a scary thing! we were obviously wide awake, lights on, visible through front window sitting at computers, and STILL this person was prowling around! will also check with neighbors tomorrow too.

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 02:05:55 AM PST

    •  ACK, Chimene! (4+ / 0-)
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      Caedy, weck, old wobbly, chimene

      Someone tried to set the house on fire while you guys were inside?? I'm glad you called the police! That could have been really really BAD. Did they take anything from the porch or the shed?

      Keeping you in my thoughts, hope they find something and catch someone!

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 04:32:00 AM PST

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    •  Oh, no! (4+ / 0-)
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      I'm with FLORIDASNMOM and hope nothing's been taken and that they don't try this again.

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 07:56:05 AM PST

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      •  thanks, dears, but we're fine. fortunately, those (1+ / 0-)
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        plastic wings are made of a plastic that is REALLY hard to burn!

        I AM going to call the cops tomorrow, because of the fire elements -- THAT junk cannot go unremarked! don't actually know that they were trying to set us on fire; more likely trying to get a look into the room to case the joint for likely smash-n-grab objects (which they wouldn't have found any of anyway...

        checked around with near neighbors, 4 of the 5 closest, and 2 of them HAD noticed stuff the last couple of days! (one has yap dogs & guns, so they're probably OK, 8-))

        found out from the neighbors that there's been a recent rash of activity a few blocks away, so...

        IMHO, we live in the age of meth addicts, it's just been a really long time since there's been much trouble on our street.

        "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

        by chimene on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 12:28:15 AM PST

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  •  Good morning everyone! (3+ / 0-)
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    Noddy, there has to be another ISP you can switch to.  If you are using a major company, call headquarters and complain.

    Chilly day here.  Gonna take the pups for a walk, when it gets light out, and it's a soup day.

    Have a great day.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 03:20:08 AM PST

  •  Morning (4+ / 0-)
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    Caedy, weck, broths, Noddy

    I'm up... I'm kind of awake. It's 56 degrees supposed to go up into the low 80's again today. Woke with my back in spasm from my neck to my butt this morning. So I'm sitting here doing slow stretches trying to get it to unbind before I attempt to walk into the kitchen.

    Noddy, I agree, you should find an ISP you can switch to, and even if you don't actually switch, threaten to. Even if it's something like Clear or a Satellite ISP. Satellite tends to come with a cap, but if you can't download any video right now anyway that would likely still be an improvement.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 04:37:05 AM PST

    •  I tried that (3+ / 0-)
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      weck, old wobbly, FloridaSNMOM

      and there's no other ISP in the area unless I buy individual mobile broadband - and even there, we're in a black-out zone for most ISP providers.  Even though I now have an AT&T cell phone (I have several thousand roll-over minutes built up on it already!), I can't use it to purchase mobile broadband for my netbook and Roku as our city has a monopoly contract with someone else.

      A satellite dish is not a good possibility for several reasons, not least is my proximity to a football stadium.  I have a neighbor who had satellite for a while and discontinued it because the electronic "noise" generated by the football stadium caused static and black-outs on her satellite. When the stadium wasn't causing issues, the wind was.  She said they paid for the service for 3 months, then paid the penalty to have it taken out because they could hardly use it. No one around here has satellite service.

      This is another reason I'm looking to sell my house and move somewhere else.  When I do move, believe me, checking the ISP will be near the top of the list of requirements, along with backyard barnyard regulations, composting regulations, and gardening restrictions.  It seems like the house itself hardly matters!

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 08:10:10 AM PST

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  •  Morning... (4+ / 0-)
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    Have been awake for a bit this morning, spent yesterday playing with the new tablet/netbook thing I got from Big Lots.  Gonna end up hardlining it for a little while (hopefully won't be perm, but will be able to use my desk again).

    Going to church with a friend today, so, yeah.  Beyond that I'm sleepy and wish I could get another hour or so but my body says no.

    Nothing says your sorry like a dead bunny.

    by Caedy on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 04:55:12 AM PST

  •  Today may be dry;we had a few snowflakes yesterday (4+ / 0-)
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    broths, Noddy, old wobbly, FloridaSNMOM

    so it feels like winter.  The Nor'easter they are showing for next week may not make it this far, they are forecasting nice weather for next weekend, just a little snow for Thursday.

    I always get more done when the sun shines, it has been grey for over a week now.

    Please donate to Okiciyap food pantry. . If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.

    by weck on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 07:05:54 AM PST

    •  Aww, sad that you have SAD (3+ / 0-)
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      weck, old wobbly, FloridaSNMOM

      I seem to get more outside work done when it's overcast and warm than when it's sunny regardless of temperatures.

      I hope you get more sunshine!

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 08:12:08 AM PST

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      •  I feel I must blame my german and scandinavian (2+ / 0-)
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        Noddy, old wobbly

        ancestors, also blame them for pale eyes that hate when the sun is too bright and for red hair and freckles.

        Sunglasses and big hats work for me in the summer,  and I just accept the winter blahs, and do lots on the sunny, bright days.  I'm loaded with windows in this old house, so when the sun shines, I'm all over it!

        Please donate to Okiciyap food pantry. . If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.

        by weck on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 08:20:12 AM PST

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        •  light box for SADD? (2+ / 0-)
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          got one of my friends a light box because she gets gloomy gloomy living in the forest under the fog-dripping redwoods. she has found it to be really helpful. perhaps look into it?
          http://www.mayoclinic.com/...

          •  I am not dangerously depressed by any means, (1+ / 0-)
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            I am just happier with the sunshine pouring into the windows, so I get  more done.  I'm retired and not dependent on anyone, so when I goof off,  there is no real consequence.  Thank you for mentioning it, I have considered light boxes, but, there is usually more sunshine here than this past week in WNY.

            Please donate to Okiciyap food pantry. . If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.

            by weck on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 10:37:40 AM PST

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        •  Vitamin D - it's available in grocery stores now, (1+ / 0-)
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          for fairly cheap.  B-complex as well.

          Can't hurt, will probably help.

          Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

          by loggersbrat on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 11:08:47 AM PST

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          •  I take a good selection of supplements too, (1+ / 0-)
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            that is probably why it is a nuisance instead of a concern for me.  I get bloodwork again this month, if the D is too low. my doc will have me up it again, I am getting plenty when I'm in the garden the rest of the year.

            Please donate to Okiciyap food pantry. . If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.

            by weck on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 11:33:12 AM PST

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            •  Good. (2+ / 0-)
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              I live in the Pacific Northwest, where it can be cloudy a lot.  My blood levels of Vitamin D were so low when my doctor thought to test them, that I had to take the horse pills once a week for 6 months.

              Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

              by loggersbrat on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 11:53:29 AM PST

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