It was. When something like that happens you realize how powerless you are. How easily the world can be set on its end, if it had one but it’s round so that doesn’t really work. You know what I mean though? Life is skipping merrily along and out of nowhere… BOOM, the day suddenly is going to be nothing like what you expected. That can be scary.
Enough of my teasing, right? You want to know what caused my sense of balance in this reality to be thrown so far off the rails? You do, don’t you?
Two days ago, yes it has taken me that long to be able to write about it, two days ago I was at work minding my own business, doing personal tasks and reading Facebook and blogging and…. oh man, I don’t know how to say this, it was so shocking.
I’m just gonna say it….
The internet and phones went down.
NO Internet Connection.
NO Phone lines.
You know what that means? No email. No WordPress. No Facebook. No Google. No Phone to call for help. Nothing.
In a flash, everyone in our office …. all seven of us, were transported back to pioneer times, relying on our wits and courage just to survive. Well, yeah we all had cell phones and electricity but it’s sort of the same. I mean the air conditioning was on so we were comfortable but did you read what I wrote earlier? No INTERNET.
I called Comcast on my cell phone to find out what was going on. While I was on hold the message told me that I could “report any service problems on line at ….” Hey, guess what Comcast? NO I can’t because I don’t have any INTERNET!!! Sheesh.
Unfortunately it was only 9:30 in the morning so we couldn’t go to lunch or anything. We chatted and I cleaned out my email inbox. I think the internet was gone for an hour or so. No, I’m not kidding!
When I went for lunch, I saw a guy with an orange vest on and I had seen him earlier in the hall outside my office. I also saw a Comcast truck in the parking lot. The orange vest guy was nowhere near the truck nor did I see any Comcast markings on him but he could have been the guy with the Comcast truck. So I went back and interrupted his conversation on his little walkie talkie. He was kind of a mouth breather but I needed to find out what had caused this tragic event.
So I crossed the street to him, said “excuse me” and then I said to the mouth-breather…
“Do you know what happened?”
That is still cracking me up. Can you imagine what he must have been thinking in regards to such an existential question from a stranger?
“Sir, do you know what happened?” What has happened to the earth? To this country? To our public schools? To the rain forests? But most importantly what has happened to our infrastructure that today I had NO INTERNET AND NO PHONE!?
For the love of God sir! What happened?!
He replied, “what are you talking about?”
um, the cable was out?
“I don’t know.”
We may never know.