After the anxiety-producing events of the previous week when I tried to update my plugins on my blog and having my whole blog disappear, I finally was able to get it fixed and back up and running, but it cost me $80. It’s a good thing I have been working at my online teaching jobs to help pay for stuff like that! But then . . . . last Thursday when we got home from our little day trip before the start of school, our internet was out. No problem, I thought. Usually if we just do the “modem regeneration” (or whatever they call it when they tell you to unplug the modem, wait 10 or 15 seconds, and then plug it back in) it comes right back online. Not this time.
I decided to call our internet provider and see what was going on and see if they could fix it. That usually works, too, because they can remotely do the “troubleshooting” and figure it out. After being on the phone until almost 10 p.m., we had nothing. Except a tech repair ticket scheduled for Friday. The NEXT Friday, more than a week out. Really? I can’t be without the internet THAT long, I told them. I work online. I teach online. If I can’t go to work, I might get fired, I told them. I wouldn’t be able to pay my bills or feed my kids, I told them. A week from Friday. That was the best they could do.
Friday morning I called again to see if anything had changed, and they told me that they had discovered an area-wide outage in our neighborhood, so the canceled my tech repair appointment for a the following Friday. Great! I guess that means they are going to fix it right away since it is affecting lots of people. I canceled my Friday morning and Friday night classes, and remained hopeful. Saturday morning we called again to see what was going on. Well, now it is the weekend so no one is working and we won’t know anything until Monday. Great.
We finally figured out how to use my phone as a hot spot so at least I could get online . . . but that meant a massive drain on data, which bumped our data over limit, so we had no choice to upgrade to unlimited. Except we discovered that “unlimited” (at least with Verizon) doesn’t REALLY mean “unlimited,” it means that you can use data to around 22 gigs and then the system will slow you WAY down. Well, that won’t work if I’m teaching online. Plus it was adding $35 to our monthly bill. Which is already more than a car payment.
But at that moment I had no choice – I HAD to teach my classes or risk losing my employment. So I taught my online classes by hotspot on Saturday night and it went fine. Sunday I received a text from the internet provider that my tech repair appointment had been rescheduled for Monday. Not the next day Monday, but a week later Monday. Really? A company this size can’t repair internet service for a week and a half? I was rather annoyed. Or worse.
I taught my Monday morning classes via hotspot, and then called again. By this time they had apparently figured out that a whole bunch of people in our area were without internet connection and they might just be almost as annoyed as I was. They told me that a repair tech would be out to fix my internet by noon on Monday. THAT VERY MONDAY! Yay!!!! I was so happy . . . until she got here and told me that they had determined that there was nothing wrong with our modem or our connection, but a cable had been cut at the other end of our neighborhood when the utility company was working on some water pipes. Great.
But, she said, they had a call into their cable repair department who would have the cable repaired by noon that same day. OK! We were on our way out the door to do some school shopping, and I was really hopeful that it would be back online when we got home. Finally, around 8:00 on Monday night we finally had our internet restored. That was five days of exasperation, annoyance, frustration, and a bit of anxiety over losing my jobs. Unfortunately I didn’t even get to relax and read a book or sit in the sun or walk in the rain or play in the puddles during those five days without internet . . . because I was so busy trying to figure out the problem, figure out how to work, and figure out when it would be fixed.
What would I do for five days without internet connection? Well, if I planned for it and rearranged my schedule so I didn’t have to worry about all of the things I wasn’t getting done, I probably would do some other stuff. But this time – it was rather stressful. I’m back online now, and hope to stay connected so that I can do what I need to do every day. How about you? Have you ever had to go without internet connection for a period of time? How did you handle it?
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