Imagine my surprise when I wake up on monday morning and my cell phone tells me it has no service. The internet is also not working. Then I switch on the radio which is set to our local station but all I get is dead air. I try the landline but that seems to work. I’m mostly annoyed and a little bit worried because nothing works but I know it can’t be just me as the radio is dead and the internet as well as cell phone service.
And then I’m curious. Why is nothing working the way it’s supposed to? Sure, it snowed over night but we’ve seen more snow and colder temperatures without something like this happening. And then I’m thankful because the electricity is still working. Without it, it would be bad since the temperatures don’t rise up to 0°C these days.
But I’m none of those kids that need the internet (LOL, I’m just fooling myself here, because I keep yelling at the router in random intervals to give me my internet back, as if that could actually change things) and I settle down with the book I’m currently reading.
At noon the radio is finally back on so that’s a good sign. An hour later my neighbour is at the door telling me she has no phone service and internet either. Also a truck from the fire department is driving slowly through our street announcing the 112 emergency hotline is not working but that there are people at every fire station so we should not be worried. You know, this just has me bathed in confidence.
I call Granny and she tells me that on the radio (not sure how she managed to hear something when I couldn’t but whatever) they said there was a fire at the telecom building and it affects all of our county. So yay! More reading for me. Damn, I get to finish this book today. But no, I can’t blog about it. That’s just sad.
After 2pm the first message from bestfriendboy pops up on my phone via WhatsApp which means that some part of the cell phone network is up and running again even if it’s shaky and slow. He provides updates and listens to me ranting about not being online. I’m sad, I know.
Later I keep listening to the radio news hoping to hear them announce that everything is back up and running again but of course not. Instead they tell me about all that is not or is only barely working.
The landlines are not working everywhere. 112, the fire department hotline, is only reachable from cell phones even if they have no service. 110, the police hotline, is not working but when you call 112 they’ll patch you through. All banks have closed except the main buildings of the two biggest local banks. You cannot withdraw cash except at those two places. You cannot pay with debit cards. Cell phone service is shaky, as is the internet. In my case, it’s dead, deader than dead but ok. People are working on fixing it. Just have to be patient.
LOL, nope, me patient? You must not know me at all!
At least I got around to finishing my book and starting The Hunger Games. I go to bed hoping that my internet will magically reappear over night. Of course it doesn’t but my cell is finally working properly again with decent 3G coverage so I’m not totally cut off from everything anymore.
I know how pathetic I am but feel free to tell me anyway. I would trade my working landline immediately if it meant having the internet back. I don’t like to call people, I only do so under duress. I write and text and blog and tweet and tumblr – everything that has to do with writing. Well, I still can tweet and text but I miss looking at pretty pictures and gifs on tumblr.
At least I now have two more blog posts queued and a guest post waiting for your entertainment and I’m already 200 pages into the Hunger Games. It’s just sad how dependent I am on the internet but so is modern life as you can see by all the things affected from the fire. Sue me, I live on the internet and I’m fine with it. I’m a child of my generation. At least I can still occupy myself with reading and writing and bitching about it. But it would be very nice to be back online #justsaying
Just as I typed these last few words, my prayers were answered and the online light on my router flickered back to life. Thank god, I’m online again.