Back from the Depths…

I’m back.

My modem broke. My internet flickered on and off for several days and it was driving me nuts. I thought it was the snow and bad weather/wind, etc., but then I turned my modem off, for a rest, and when I turned it back on, I got nothing but a red light… never would it work again.

As I’m not tech savvy, I freaked.

I resorted to calling in the dreaded veriz0n on the phone and that conversation went on for over an hour. I spoke with “Oscar” and when I asked him if that was his real name, he said “yes” but I still don’t believe him.

He said they would send me a new modem (a newer version that has the wireless router included in it) and that all I had to do was just plug in the plugs like I had before and it would start right up. Just like before.

Yeah right.


I went thru the depths of despair here for 3 days. Waiting for my modem to show up. It must have been delivered here last night and was on the back porch this a.m. I went right up and did just what “Oscar” told me to do.

Of course, it did not work. I have computer (older) and laptop (newer-ish) and neither worked. I had no idea what to do.

I asked Paul (in my state of tearing out my hair and not having any coffee in me yet) to go over and ask neighbor Peggy if she knew how to do it and please bring her back over here, so she said she’d be over in a bit. Then other neighbor, Bob, walked his dogs by and Paul suggested that since Bob is a highly skilled engineer, maybe he’d know how it’s done. He nabbed him and asked and Bob came over.

It took Bob, upstairs with me sitting by, a total of 3 hours to do this small job. He just could not figure out why it wasn’t working, and I kept telling him “nothing EVER works for me easily or the first time… EVER!” He knows now that is so true.

When we were ready to give it all up, I suggested we hook up the old router to the new modem (the new modem has a wireless router inside it – the new feature) and when we did that little thing, everything worked.

(And to Bob, I am forever grateful to you for your help, I just wish you liked lobsters so we could repay you!!!!)

I still can’t believe I’m really back in the land of the living and online again. I am totally addicted to the internet, and I will admit that to anyone who asks now. I had a nervous breakdown during these last 3 days and poor Paul was a rock beside me… helping but not knowing what to do. He is not into anything electronic and can’t even watch our HD TV without me pressing all the buttons… So all he could do was support me, climb under my desk, following lines here and there, plug in things, unplug things, it’s all been horrible… before Bob came here. I really tried to do it all by myself but it would not happen.

Now it’s hooked up and apparently working! I have so much email to catch up on but I’m working my way through it now. Journals to read, emails to write, I feel I’ve been living in a horrible underground world of gremlins and nastiness of life without the internet.

So thanks to Sandy from Iowa for notifying you in my last entry about all of this, and I hope this modem is a “Forever” modem (see Maggie Turner’s recent post) because if this one ever dies, I am giving up the ghost of this life for sure.

(deep breath… )


It’s in every one of us to be wise;

Find your heart, open up both your eyes.

We can all know every thing without ever knowing why.

It’s in every one of us, by and bye.

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10 Responses to Back from the Depths…

  1. hil says:

    Don’t feel bad, I’m the same way! We went camping for New Years, and as I drove through town, I wondered…do you think that place has wifi??? Glad you are back!


  2. I figured you were snowbound. The pictures we’re seeing here on TV of the Arctic vortex are amazing. But nope, danged computer problems instead. This technology stuff can get so frustrating when we don’t have the ability to troubleshoot. Glad you’re back in cyberland!


  3. nina says:

    Several points:I 100% sympathize. I was telling Ed that in retirement, almost all my winter activities depend on the availability of the Internet! But here’s the thing — don’t despair! I’ve been Internet dependent for 10 years now (the blog!) and things are far far easier every year. Issues that we had early on are rare now and you can usually find someone to help you. Yay for good neighbors!
    On another topic –I wanted to tell you here that I loved your comment on Ocean and agreed with it of course, but I wont publish it because my now permanently-in-Florida friend reads Ocean comments and I want to be supportive in her decision to move there permanently.
    When I was still in Wisconsin this week, I kept thinking — I actually like winter. Oh, sure, by the end it gets a little long and I yearn for spring, but then spring comes and I am joyous and the progression of season is just so spectacular that I could never live in a place that is warm year-round. So I’m not on board with the massive migration south that happens and I don’t really understand the whole concept of condo/townhouse by the sea, but I do find it interesting to visit and see what others find so appealing. And then I happily retreat to our farmhouse in Wisconsin!


  4. TopsyTurvy says:

    Glad you were able to get things up and running again!

    I use to be okay with computer stuff but as the years went by it all got much more complicated. Thank goodness DH works in the computer industry, so he kind of absorbs all this stuff by being around it and having to talk his customers through fixing computer programs. (Though programs are very different from setting up computer hardware.)


  5. mz. em says:

    What an adventure. I don’t know what I would do without Mr. FM’s know how.


  6. Sandy From Iowa says:

    Glad all is up and going again …Now relax.
    I have been in your shoes before when mine went down …not fun to be without something we enjoy for hours on end 🙂


  7. Bex! I wondered where you were – attributed it to weather issues, which then conjured concerns for your well-being sans heat or electricity. Then I thought that maybe you were taking an unexpected *break* like I did. In addition to far-fetched names, don’t you love the scripting of, “I feel your frustration.” Gah. I want to scream. So glad you’re back. Missed you. 🙂 xoxo


  8. Annanotbob3 says:

    Glad you’re back! xxx


  9. Eric Mayer says:

    What a nightmare. A couple days ago we also lost the Internet for a day and like you I dread calling our ISP. The service people are all in India but have American names, like “Jake.” Yeah, right. And they have a script they want to walk through, no matter what, which never alleviates the problem, which in our case is that their access number keeps going bad, ever since last spring.

    We are totally dependent on the Internet even for our work and it is a sickening feeling when it goes off knowing I know nothing about it. I pretty much panic. At least you now know what the problem was. I sympathize. Do I ever. Hope you can soon relax and get back to normal. Me, I still hold my breath every time I try to get online.


  10. Bex, what a time you have had! Computers are like that. Don’t go with the modem though, please! If it dies grab a neighbour and do not try to to do it yourself, skip the frustration altogether!


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