Thursday, May 04, 2006

Hallelujiah for silver linings

I have been offline for 4 days. Yes I have checked my email and my blog from work but haven't been able to accomplish anything online. Like yell at Somebody for not guest posting to keep all of you entertained. I would really yell as much as tease. And I know she is on dreaded dial up so I might forgive her and right now I am in a good mood so now would be a good time for her to ask for that forgiveness.

As for the good mood I will have to explain. I have been in a bad mood for weeks. I have a lot of things in my life coming ot a head right now and almost none of them good. The most immediate is that I have moved out of a 3bdr 2ba apartment that my friend wanted to rent out for $1300/month but gave to me for $1100/month and was willing to give to me for $1000/month to get me to stay and is now renting out for $1400/month to move into a $550/month 1 bedroom almost a full bath (shower no tub) garden apartment, for those of you non-Chicagoans that means basement. I have been depressed about this and lamenting my decision. And to improve my mood, while packing up the last of the bathroom I knocked my phone off my belt and deposited it squarely into the center of the toilet bowl. Nothing but net. Two points. Play taps, this bitch is dead. Unfortunately I was planning on attending a concert tonight (Steven Stills, give me shit later) but my friend had my ticket and being unable to reach me due to my dead phone, and I being unable to reach him due to my dead phone and my not being smart enough to set up my computer and get his cell phone number before leaving the house, sold my ticket. I got down there late because I am always late, and then I had to park 4-5 blocks away and check every local establishment for a pay phone, in ten years kids won't know what those are, only to find one 1/2 a block from The Park West but without any quarters had to ask two establishments for quarters only to realize I did not have my friends number. Calling work provided no help they didn't have access to his number either. I walked around in front of The Park West again then realized that I hadn't checked my own voice mail. There were 7 unheard messages, Mom, Red, Indian Girl, and 4 from my friend. The first two telling me where to meet them for dinner, the second one getting pissy saying if I don't hear from you I am selling the ticket and the fourth saying that he expected at least a phone call and that he was selling the ticket. I tried to buy one from scalpers out front but they were going for more than I had in my pocket and I didn't want to stand around until after it started to see if I could get one cheap. I walked back to my car stopping at a local drinking establishment to wet my whistle and ease the pain, then came home to set up my computer, luckily the damn tricorder piece of sheet syncs with outlook, to get his number. And when I set it up, the computer automatically tried to connect me to MSN and Yahoo messengers. Unsuccessfully of course. And the little icon in the corner for wireless showed a red monitor, but I thought what if... What if I connected the little antenna? Sure enough, yellow. So I tried to connect and got nothing. Another network appeared on my list. I tried and nothing. So I lifted the computer up on top of the table instead of underneath. And to make a long story only slightly shorter, I am writing to you on Free Wireless Internet.

Free. Wireless. Internet.

Well not completely free. Somebody is paying for it but not me. Now I should feel slightly bad but I am pretty sure someone was freeloading on my network at my last apartment so I am just riding the wave of good Karma. And would probably be more than happy to split someone's internet cable bill. But for now I am super happy that I may be able to save $62/month by not paying for ineternet cable.

I will have to use this network as much as possible in the next few days to see how constant it is, before cancelling the installation of my internet cable given that the signal strengthn is low. Because right now if I transfer from my old place there is no installation fee. But if I cancel and decide later I will probably get nailed with a $50 fee or so. Not good.

But for right now I am doing the happy dance.

Update: Okay of course while searching on line for pictures snoopy happy dancing I lose my signal and couldn’t post this damn thing. I guess I am buying internet after all.

The network just went off line all together and the name of the network sounds like a restaurant so maybe they just closed. We shall see.

Okay now it is back up.

And now it's not.

Update #2: I have lifted up the compter and put it closer to the window and it currently rests next to the TV and the signal strength is very good. Yay me! However the mouse is now on the left side of the computer but I am sure I can get all this moved around.


Whatsername said...

Dial-up has me so frigging pissed off half the time, I'm surprised dad's china closet hasn't been reduced to shards of ceramic.

*urge to kill rising*

emertron said...

Dude, why is IG still around?

David said...

Partially because I have been pussy footing around and partially because with the move I seriously haven't had the time to have a 2 hour phone conversation.

Anonymous said...

hope youre okay...been awhile!

Anonymous said...

ps it's me, whatsername

trista said...

so um you don't like to update your blog, do ya?

David said...

I have sort of gotten derailed but I have written a half post that I intend to finish and I am hoping by next week you will start getting semi-regular installments