Don't you hate it when technology goes wrong? Admittedly, my little problem wasn't anything like the problem Apollo 13 experienced but it was frustrating.
Recently we here at Casa de Kim have had some problems with sporadic internet access and we thought it had something to do with our service provider. A couple weeks ago when I sat down to write a blog post, I found I had no access until later that night, when I just posted a brief note mentioning the problem. The same thing happened again Friday night. I had already been playing around on the internet, reading blogs, and had even posted a brief message about National Quilting Day when our internet connection went down again suddenly.
It's a little alarming to realize how much we depend on something like the internet or our telephones. I email a friend, Eileen, twice a day; in the morning and evening. I thought if Eileen didn't hear from me for any length of time, she might worry, so I brought my Kindle with me on the quilt show trip. When we stopped for coffee drinks at Starbucks, I took advantage of their WiFi to send off a very brief message letting her know I was okay and what the problem was. And while I was off playing with my friends at the quilt show, Hubby was tasked with contacting our internet service provider to get the problem resolved.
When I got home Saturday night, I learned the problem wasn't our service provider but was instead due to our outdated modem--time to buy a new one. So Hubby went off to the electronics store and I spent a couple hours blowing dust out of the computer and messing around with plugs and wires and software and passwords. Why is it that these computer things that would take a tech 10 minutes to fix always take me two or three hours? So on Saturday night I spent a second frustrating evening on computer stuff, but at least the computer is up and running again, and the fact that I finally took time to remove the dust from the computer guts seems to have it running better than it had been lately.
Remember when computers were supposed to make our lives so much easier and better? I'm sure they DO, but I can't help but feel, now that the weekend is at its end, that I lost several precious hours messing around with the computer when I'd much rather have been sewing!