Verizon is out to get me.
They’ve must have gotten hold of my comments in favor of net neutrality on the FCC website and they’re putting the screws to me. How? By messing with my broadband.
For over a week, I’ve had sketchy internet service. In the early mornings I’m fine. But once people on the East Coast start waking up, I have problems.
Bloggers, are you wondering why I haven’t been commenting on your posts? Because saving a comment prompts the spinning wheel of death and a message in my browser: “You cannot access www.superdogblog.com because you are not connected to the internet.” And you don’t even want to know how many of hundreds of emails I need to answer.
I feel terrible that I can’t even reply to the witty and incisive comments on my own blog.
Don’t ask me what it means for my paid work which requires me to have regular internet access.
But there is one good thing about having hinky broadband. It’s what happens to the dog when the internet goes down.
How Lacking Internet Helps The Dog
Long walks and lunch – After trying and failing three times to send a work email, I gave up. Honey got a long mid-day walk to my husband’s office where we convinced him to take us both out to lunch.
No commercials – Instead of streaming a movie or tv show at night, I pop in one of my own DVDs. How does that help Honey? No commercials means I’m not constantly popping up to do housework and she doesn’t lose her favorite leg pillow on the couch.
Always the cutest dog in the room – Sure, Honey is adorable. But corgi puppies? A pittie snuggling a baby? Let’s just say the internet makes the competition for cutest dog in the room intense.
Time outdoors – I try to work outside on my porch whenever possible. But sometimes it’s just easier to work at my desk. Not when the internet is acting up. I might as well go out and weed the garden or read a book on the back porch. And Honey would much rather keep me company outside than in a dark and gloomy house.
More snacks – Yes, I know it’s wrong to deal with frustration by eating. But more than once I’ve waited for an internet connection by going downstairs to get some cheese and crackers or another snack. Luckily for Honey, I’m a sloppy eater.
More petting – When WordPress tells me I’ve lost my internet connection and they’re backing up the blog in my browser I have the perfect pause for petties. Good thing Honey is hanging out under my desk.
Movie night – My town is showing Ghostbusters tonight at the lakefront park. Not my favorite movie. But without reliable internet for entertainment (and no tv), it will be worth the three-mile walk with Honey to do something social and fun.
Fewer pictures – Even my picture editing software is cloud-based. So sporadic internet makes me less likely to take pictures of Honey. Which she doesn’t mind a bit.
Time for me to stop complaining. After all, dogs are better than social media.
So maybe despite my crankiness, having the internet go down (over and over, all day long) isn’t so bad.