At times in the past, the lack of a reliable Internet connection would have been little more than a minor inconvenience. Those days are past. I now depend on the Internet to manage my finances and pay my bills. It's also my connection to the rest of the world, as my means of communicating and having news delivered. Sure, in the absence of Internet, I could use my (cellular) phone to call friends and family, but I don't. More importantly, they, having no way of knowing my Internet connection is down, generally won't do the same. For instance, during a rare period of connectivity the other day, I received a message with the subject line "New Phone Number." Now, had I not gotten that e-mail, and tried to call that particular friend, guess what. I would have been unable to reach her, because I wouldn't have had her new number. She, of course, didn't think to call me to tell me her new number, because I have the Internet. Right? I mean, this is the 21st century. Everyone has the Internet.
Really, it's gotten to the point where an Internet connection is only slightly less vital than electricity. It just has to be there. For customer service to be so spotty for an important service such as this shows a concentrated lack of intelligence and concern on the part of Time Warner.
Apparently, a "low idle" means that the car will have trouble starting, and then will threaten to stall anytime I take my foot off the accelerator for any reason. I've gotten used to braking with my left foot since then, because stalling at intersections and while turning corners makes for a less than optimal situation. I've been pondering exactly how long I should give the engine to recover before I return the car to the shop for further investigations. Fortunately, it started acting a little more normal this afternoon.
Still, trouble with my car's engine gives me cause for concern. The car itself isn't that old--it's a 2000 model--but I've driven it a lot. It has about 117,000 miles on it right now. I take decent care of it--oil changes every 3,000 miles and all that--but still, that's not a low number of miles. If something catastrophic happens anytime soon, it's going to mean real trouble for me. I have been looking around at information on different types of vehicles, though, so that when the time comes I'll be at least mildly prepared. If my beloved Neon can keep itself together for just a few more months, I should be on a more solid financial footing to purchase a new car.
I was all set to get a high school football fix a couple of weekends ago. There was an alumni game between my own Troy Trojans and the hated Piqua Indians the first weekend of June. I was all set to go, and I was really looking forward to seeing some of the guys from the past step onto the field once again. It was flag football, of course, instead of full contact, but it still would have been a lot of fun. Most notably, it would have been another chance to see Ryan Brewer play. Brewer was the best high school football player I've ever seen (and I've seen quite a few), winning Ohio's Mr. Football award his senior year (playing the entire season with a broken hand, I might add) and going on to play at the University of South Carolina. He was always electrifying to watch, and he's probably the main reason I'm as big of a football fan as I am today.
At any rate, we didn't make it to the game. Brandi had her heart set on going out with her friends Cricket and Adam, so I acquiesced and stayed here in town. They plan on trying to make this alumni contest an annual thing, so hopefully I'll get a chance to attend in the future. Oh, and the Trojans won, and that's always a good thing.