Life is usually pretty good to me and I usually don't have too much to complain about. I'm lucky enough to be in love, I have work that keeps me comfortable, and my health is very good. I love to ride my motorcycle and I find happiness by the mile. I'm nestled in a cozy basket full of family and friends, simple things make me laugh, and I am very easy to please. Life is good... until it gets unplugged!
Last Friday, I sat down to check comments on my most recent post and to surf a few other blogs to see what's new. I got an annoying message, "cannot connect to the web page..." ect. I rebooted the computer, hoping it would reset whatever got turned around in there. I tried two more times, and nothing. I was definitely having some connectivity issues. I'm convinced that technology today is the root of most stress. I decided to call Charter Tech Support. They have helped me in the past, and I had faith they would be able to help this time too. Two hours later, we came to the conclusion my browser got corrupt, copped an attitude and took a walk. Just gone! Bye, bye! How could that be? I didn't give him permission to leave!
I made another call to a friend, Mr. Computer, who does this sort of thing for a living. He has his own tech support for many business here in town, and he assured me, blah blah blah reconfigure the browser blah blah blah save all your documents, blah blah blah, clean up and blah blah have me running like new in no time. (I understood all that!) Great! How much time did you say? My heart sank when he promised to have it back to me by the first of next week. Oh my! This is only Friday, and the first of next week probably means Tuesday or Wednesday. (Don't forget, Monday is a holiday!) Why, that's 4 or 5 days from now! So much can happen in that length of time! Oh no, my Information Super Highway has been temporarily disconnected! What will I do? I'M UNPLUGGED!
I hate to admit this, but I must be addicted to the net! I felt woozy as the walls started to close in on me. I started to think of all my blogging pals, emails to read, lotteries to check, and how life was going to just pass me by! I was bummed! You really don't realize just how many times you actually get on your computer until it's gone. I like to read blogs in the early morning while I drink coffee, and I check it periodically during the day. Like many of you who read blogs and write blogs, I have made some great friends, and I already feel so disconnected from everyone! (Funny, that's cause I am!) By Saturday, my friend Big Ed noticed my Technical Difficulties post and called to tease me. He knew my panties would be in a wad! Harley agreed with him and said I was already experiencing withdrawls. I tried to get him to read me some blogs over the phone, but, no go. They were definitely humored at my expense!
Okay, enough of this crap. There's only one thing to do when life gets unplugged. Ride! So ride we did! This was a holiday weekend after all. We went up toward Lake Martin and enjoyed some nice country roads and stopped in at Niffer's Bar and Grill for lunch. Great place! They have a band on Friday and Saturday nights and a really good menu to boot! After we filled up on delicious Onion Rings and Ruebens, we continued our little jaunt and had a really nice ride and enjoyed a beautiful sunny day. It was certainly good medicine for my lost and disconnected feeling.
There is one other good thing about being unplugged for awhile. It gave me an inexcusable opportunity to get reacquainted with some other fine machines in my life, namely the vacuum cleaner, and the washer and dryer. Their usage seems to be getting overlooked more frequently of late. For some reason, these other toys lose their luster and desirability when there's blogging to do!
Well, it's Thursday and Mr. Computer completed my browser configuration, so my internet timeout is over! I'm back surfing the net and catching up on the latest. Thank goodness I did not have to resort to drastic measures like this fella here! Hmmm. Computer bird houses. I wonder if there's a market for this!
BTW... I'm able to post this so quickly because I've been preparing in advance, using some antique tools I found. They're called pens and paper. Cool! (Yes, it has been a long 6 days!) I've come to realize that life will have ups and downs and this I can handle, as long as I can still ride my motorcycle and don't have to go through life unplugged!
Glad to be back! Lady R