There wasn’t a Monday Quiz this week, but I was still planning on posting a blog entry. The only problem is I couldn’t post a blog entry. My Monday plan was to watch the episode of Degrassi I missed on Friday, post a big and then watch the St. Louis Cardinals’ home opener with hopes that they’d see the same results my Reds did on Opening Day. That is they are the Reds’ arch rivals and they were playing the Reds. Guess what? While the Reds were losing the game, they were tied 4 all going into the 9th inning. The Reds score NINE runs! They beat the Cards on their home opener; SWEET! Unfortunately, I only know that because I read it. I didn’t see the game. :(
about half way through the half hour episode of Degrassi when I got the
spinning wheel and buffering message. I checked my network connection.
It said “limited.” That means that if we had networked our computers
together, which at this point we haven’t, I’d see other computers in the
house, but no Internet. I tried a few things, rebooting computers,
rebooting the computer, rebooting the modem; still no Internet. By then
it was game time, so I figured I’d watch the game and see if it was a
cable company problem that would be fixed by the time the game was over.
turned on the TV, black screen with a message that my channel would be
available “shortly,” sorry for the inconvenience. Trouble was EVERY
channel would be available “shortly!” Okay. Degrassi and blogging not
working is one thing, but taking my baseball away is completely
unacceptable. I called the cable company to find out what was up.
had a minor rain shower. I didn’t think that could be the problem, but
all of our service was out; how did it happen? I did some trouble
shooting with a tech and we determined that there was a box problem
because if I was getting the message on my screen the box and TV were
communicating but the box wasn’t translating the signal. The tech, who
is also a baseball fan, suggested that I could unhook the box and plug
the line straight into the TV and still get my regular channels that way
as the FOX Sports channels are not single premium channels. I guess I
talked a good enough game while we were trouble shooting that he knew
I’d be okay to swap the wires around on my own. Seems it still holds
some weight with the techs if you know the connector to your box is an
After making the switch I was on a call
with another tech. I had snow. It’s not that the box wasn’t
translating a signal, plugging directly into the TV there was no signal
at all! The box didn’t have anything TO translate! The new tech did
some other tests and discovered there was no signal going into our house
at all! I scheduled a Tuesday service call. There would be no rest of
Degrassi, no blog and NO BASEBALL!!!
home before his evening meeting; I’d been keeping him updated through
text. He knew what the problem was; there was a cable end flying in the
breeze on the pole where our connection comes in. He spoke with the
techs this time and let them know they’d need a bucket truck to
reconnect our service because it seems it’s been windy enough to have
knocked out the wire. He also wanted to make sure we were credited for
the day of lost service we’d have endured by the repair time on Tuesday.
must have had an “Oh S&#@” moment, because our service visit got
bumped up to “In the next hour.” After the tech reconnected us, he told
me what had happened. They had a disconnect order and disconnected the
wrong house! When they reconnected us nothing was disconnected; they
got the completely wrong pole!
GPS think we live on the
other side of the street that comes off our street. I knew a day would
come that there’d be a problem with that. The correct pole must be on
the other side of that street. –grumble, grumble—