"What is up with you and the internet?"
"How far out in the country do you live?"
"Again? What is going on over there?"
Guys, I ask myself the same questions!
Our house is one of two homes on a 1.5-acre property. When we moved in, our neighbors offered up their internet until ours could be hooked up. However, the connection was strong enough for both houses, so we've split the bill and been sharing ever since. It was fine and dandy for the first month, but one stormy night ruined the whole deal. The router blew out. Our neighbors bought a new one... and then it blew out again. That was about the time that Mr. TBS and I suspected that they had a bum surge protector (if they were using one at all) or a bum outlet. Either way, it seemed insane that two routers blew out within one month.
Another storm. Another router replaced. For those of you who have lost count, our neighbors are on router #4! Now the issue is Comcast. They can't seem to keep a signal in this neighborhood to save their life. If Comcast wasn't the sole provider for this area, we would have moved on long ago.
So this is where we are now:
- We're still sharing internet.
- The neighbors have a brand-new surge protector, and the router is two months old.
- Comcast losing signal is it so much as sprinkles outside.
- We know it isn't an issue of the four of us sharing one router, because either we all have a strong connection or no connection at all.
- I text our neighbors 1-2 times per week to ask them to reset the router. I can only imagine the Pavlovian response they have when they receive a text from me now!
Surprisingly, I've learned to love our internet-less time at home. Now I remember how much more free time I had before this wonderful life of blogging started. I say that jokingly but with a pinch of truth! I feel so much more available, present, invested, and focused at home. However, it makes blogging, e-mail, paying bills online, checking our bank account, and looking up restaurant hours and directions really difficult. This is 2012, after all.
Let the truth be known. I'm fighting an internal battle of basking in the glory of simple life and living in the Dark Ages. It's a love/hate relationship. Please forgive my sorry internet-less ass! I love all of you! I love this blog, and I hate to see it idle for days.
Dear Internet Gods,
This one is for you.