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Don’t you feed me lies about some idealistic future.
May 3, 2004

I came from a fantabulous mini-camping trip sporting a light sunburn to a house devoid of internet access. I guess my DSL stopped working on Saturday, and has yet to start working. So, for now, I am relying on the kindness of friends and internet cafés (of which I only know of one in town) to be able to do what I could normally do comfortably from home (and am still paying for). This, indeed, made me rather upset yesterday, as I had plenty to catch up on, being away from technology (or at least the webosphere) for well over 36 hours. I spoke with Qwest tech support for over 2 hours yesterday (most of which was spent on hold), while putting away camping gear and doing dishes.

I am normally v. v. nice with tech support peoples, as I know it’s pretty much the luck of the draw when I get someone on the line. The first guy I talked to, though, was making me seriously want to go down to where they are(conveniently located about a mile away from my house – yes, I know where you are) and smack some shit up. However, I kept my cool, and was only outwardly mildly irritated by the time the call was over. I do have to give props to the second person I spoke with, as she actually seemed to have some brains, and I feel confident that she will actually smack some of that shit up for me, else feel the wrath of the geek without the W’s.

So, as far as I’m concerned, my home computers are 95% useless to me at this point. Hmph.

Living in a country with so much instant gratification has obviously blurred my reasoning, as I really do want some stuff done NOW. After paying ridiculously high rates for a telephone (which I don’t use) and DSL, I’m jaded to the monopoly of Qwest in the fine state of Idaho (and Oregon, and Washington, etc.), as well as the poor-me attitude the major corporations tend to have for themselves around here.

It is also time, I think, to blow out my pilot light on the heater. My gas bill for last month is almost $10, and I didn’t turn it on once.

Back to the main point, camping was fucking fun and awesome and rad and all of the above. Pictures will be forthcoming once Qwest gets it’s head out of it’s ass and fixes my fucking issues. Grrr.


i hope it does get fixed soon. i think one of the things i DO NOT MISS about london is the complete inertia of all utilities companies to do anything when things go wrong. luckily i am now in hong kong, land of service, and i can lift a finger and people come running to fix things...

Posted by: j-a at May 4, 2004 12:06 AM

looking forward to pictures!!!! fucking qwest, how do i hate thee? let me count the ways.

Posted by: amychan at May 4, 2004 8:37 AM

Yay, camping is fun. I haven't done it in many years. I went with friends who did the hard core low environmental impact stuff - we burned all evidence of our presence, buried our stuff, carried our trash with us, no campfire allowed, etc. Yeah, hmm..on second thought it was not so fun.

Posted by: teahouseblossom at May 6, 2004 6:25 AM

i'm never camping again! oh okay, i guess i will - - but only if dev brings more of those sausages. and next time people i'd really like some cheetos - - seriously, it's not cool to eat your mystery food item before the trip!

Posted by: fernescou at May 6, 2004 12:54 PM

like the reference to Postal Service lyrics. have i mentioned i'm in love with their lead singer?

Posted by: ophelia at May 7, 2004 2:53 PM

Here in Oregon (where Qwest is from), comcast rules as king of the land, and Qwest and AT&T do everything they can to compete. So they're not the monopoly everywhere, not even home.

Posted by: Yours Truly at May 7, 2004 6:01 PM