Thursday, February 26, 2015
I love this cotton fiber infinity shawl that I won in a giveaway that was put on by
Jacqueline at Cheapskate Blethering to help promote Joanne's weaving business. Joanne blogs at Cup on the Bus and her ETSY shop is so cutely called Everything Old is New Again. Joanne is a fascinating woman who I have enjoyed getting to know through blogging. She is raising two of her grandchildren, is the clerk for her township, takes amazing pictures for her blog, and somehow found the time to renew a passion she had in her younger years of weaving. This shawl I won is one of her latest weavings she has done. It is absolutely beautiful, soft and warm. Thanks Jacqueline for holding the giveaway and thanks Joanne for sharing a bit of your work with me. I'll definitely be checking out your ETSY shop in the future and would recommend everyone else take a look too.
I did not like the fiber that got cut yesterday here some place in Arizona. A fiber that brought internet and cell service and cable TV and regular landline phone service to a vast majority of Northern Arizona and other parts of the state. A fiber that initial reports said was cut because of vandalism. It wrecked havoc at the hospital hubby works at, they couldn't admit patients (I'm thinking elective patients, not emergency patients). It wrecked havoc on the 911 call system (they were announcing on the local radio stations what number to call instead of 911 for emergencies). It was a mess for a lot of local businesses.
Of course since I depend on the Internet for my work, it shut me down. When I first noticed I didn't have Internet, I called the company and got the automated "helper" first who had me do this and that to try to restore my Internet. Disconnect my modem, turn off my computer, see if I had any services like TV or phone, etc. I was getting a bit annoyed with "her" (automated voice was a female voice) because she would say things like "I'm just telling you what a technician would tell you" or "are you there" when it was taking me a minute to figure out what to do next. Finally she couldn't help me any more so she transferred me to a technician (I could never figure out how to bypass her). When she transferred my call, I got disconnected.
So I began the process again by calling the Internet company. Thankfully this time I bypassed the automated helper but was on hold for 30 minutes (I kid you not) waiting for help. Meanwhile, I'm frustrated because my work will be saved for 30 minutes in case of things like this happening, but by now it was 50 minutes so I lost the report I was working on (it just goes back into the main shuffle of things, someone eventually does it). Finally the technician comes on the line and then after I verify all my info he says "oh, you have an outage in your area." I assume it was just a neighborhood one so I ask "how long do you think before service is resumed." He said "they don't know, they have a technician working on it....." and he gets disconnected. By now I don't bother calling back because I identify the problem is not with my system and I just have to be patient to wait until it is restored.
I called my supervisor, explained the situation and waited and waited and waited. Thankfully with my tablet I could get onto the Internet without WiFi so I used that and figured out eventually that it was a cut fiber and that they were working on it. Finally got restored at 6:30 my time, my regular shift finishes at 6 p.m. So I took the roughly 5 hours I didn't work as vacation time. If the fault lies within my business that I can't work, then they pay us down time. If the fault lies within our services, then we have to make up the time or take vacation time or not get paid.
So moral of story:
Check out Joanne's fibers.
Don't cut Internet fibers.
and have a great day!