What I Call an Apocalypse

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.

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  • Internet is a fantastic tool .. the best – when it works, but when it doesn’t … how frustrating. Same with the PC or netbook, but shit happens and we have to accept that .. and when we do – life is pretty good without the internet for a while.
    Somebody has said that a clean home means that internet has been down. *smile
    Think about the poor firefighters … *smile
    And life is back to normal for you know and for us too.

    • The internet is a magical place. LOL. I didn’t even think about cleaning, but then again, I almost never do. But it’s good to have everything back to normal again.

      • Great news … *smile
        I like when internet is normal *smile

  • I totally understand. The internet is my link to the outside world. I don’t have television. I don’t have a land line. I never listen to the radio and wouldn’t know what station to turn to if that was my only option for news. I’d probably just turn the radio on to a random music channel, figuring if something REALLY bad was going on they’d be broadcasting it on every station. If they’re still just playing Lady Gaga and Beyonce, well, the world’s probably not ending.

    • I always have the radio set to the local station. It’s a habit. Not that I listen to it much aside from in the mornings after I get up or when I’m in the car.

      But yes, the internet is a big link to everything for me. So it was pretty upsetting to not be online but I figured, as long as I have electricity everything is still fine. Not too much to worry about. Mostly, my curiosity was killing me.

  • We just went through the same type of thing last month. We had a blizzard and lost power for a few days. That meant no heat. We have a well, which needs electricity to pump in the water, so we had no water. I have yet to join everybody in this century as I just have a flip phone instead of a smart phone, so no internet or TV either. Aarrrgggggghhhhh!!! The snow finally melted last week. Now we’re getting more tomorrow!

    • Oh no, this sounds terrible. At least I still had water, heating and electricity, just no internet and phone access. The snow has melted a couple of times over here too and I thought this meant we were finally getting into spring but then it snowed time and time again.