What Else Can Go Wrong?  

MissAnnThrope 57F
11679 posts
7/18/2006 2:21 pm

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What Else Can Go Wrong?

OK, should I disappear for a few days, I haven't been adbucted by aliens, (I hope,) I haven't died of anything, (If you don't get confirmation, that is,) and I haven't run away. Yet.

My DSL modem fried out today. The signs have been there for a while. It's been taking forever to resolve pages, three tries before the DNS server is found, I've been getting dial-up speeds, pages have been taking forever to load. However, I kept being told there was no problem with the line. The modem was still working, so of course they got through on tests.

Today, everything just stopped. OK, I type in the IP address for my modem. It won't connect. So I call Verizon. The first person I spoke to was wonderful. I told him, I can't connect to the modem. He tests the modem, comes back, starts to tell me the problem and we get cut off. What is it with Verizon that when you get cut off, you hear ringing on the other end and then get told to try your number again? That's just plain weird.

I call back. I get a woman who insists on doing EVERYTHING by the book. Which means, hobbling out of bed and my nice, cool, air conditioned bedroom to the living room where it's 150 F (OK, I exagerated a bit, but it's 96 F with a heat index of 102 F today.) and connect the computer right to the modem. We go through the set up and nothing. Well, she's not satisfied there's a problem and instead of putting me on hold and asking the other guy what the problem was, insists we ping the IP address. Four packets, all lost. So she makes me try to reconnect for the next ten minutes! THEN she tests the modem. I'm trying to tell her the modem is fried, she's not listening.

OK. She comes back and tells me my modem is fried. What do you have? A Westell 2200? Oh, we don't send those out anymore. Two and a half years old? It's not under warranty anymore, let me transfer you to billing.

"Thank you for holding. Your estimated wait time is eight minutes." So I wait. And wait. And wait. And in the meantime, get everything hooked back up in the bedroom. I finally get someone from billing who verifies it's no longer under warranty, she does the billing and puts out an order to send a new one. Two to three days. But if it's not here by Friday, UPS doesn't deliver on weekends. So, I'm hoping it's here in two days.

Right now, I'm connected through an open router belonging to someone else. I'm trying not to abuse the privilege, lest they notice a third computer on their router, or the sites I'm visiting. I don't want them cutting me off.

But I'm now wondering, what else can go wrong? What will be next? So give me your predictions. What will break or go wrong next?

Is it August yet? Yes, I AM still blaming my birthday for all of this.

champagnechaser 42F
1639 posts
7/18/2006 3:14 pm

Mercury is fuckin retrograde, which means all is fucked up until August. My dsl modem fried this week as well

MissAnnThrope replies on 7/19/2006 12:09 pm:
You know, when isn't Mercury in retrograde? It seems to me it's in retrograde 3/4 of the year.

cuteNEway 42F

7/18/2006 3:16 pm

All your chocolate is gonna melt?
All your chips are gonna get soggy?
The Tasty Cakes are gonna stick to the wrappers?
You're gonna spill an ashtray?

Ah girl it's almost over. At least you still have your sanity, oh wait...

MissAnnThrope replies on 7/19/2006 12:10 pm:
The chocolate already melted. The chips have been getting soggy since the start of summer. I have no Tastycakes. Spilling an ashtray is a safe bet. I was declared legally sane when I tried to have myself declared legally insane.

NickRules999 40M
9464 posts
7/18/2006 4:00 pm

I had to replace my modem a while ago. I might have to replace this one soon. I think they plan it that way. The modems fry out long after they become obsolete.

I was having computer trouble, as well, but as it turned out, I had to reconnect the computer a different way. We had an electrical short, which fried the splitter attached to the wall. My computer kept losing the connection, then reconnecting till it decided it wasn't goona keep a connection, so I was screwed. I had to take out the splitter, connect the modem directly to the wall, connect the phone into the modem, reboot, and my computer worked perfectly. For a guy who's not known for tact, I handled it rather well. Course, the guy insisted that I have the phone jacks checked, coz he thought there was static. But when I called back, another guy had checked the connection, and things were fine.

After all that you went through, for it to get worse, the MIR satelite would have to fall from the sky and land on you. But I could be wrong.

Come into my realm! You aren't afraid...are you?

MissAnnThrope replies on 7/19/2006 12:15 pm:
You know, the trouble with slow speeds started after a bitch of a storm at the end of May. In spite of it being plugged into a surge protector, I'm wondering if the phone lines didn't get a bit zapped and it did something to the modem. I have the modem plugged into an unused jack in the kitchen, and the cord going around the corner to the living room. But when I went to do all the standard stuff before calling Verizon, I almost burnt my hand when I went to reset the modem, it was so hot. It normally gets warm, but this was the first it was ever blistering hot.

Well, if MIR ever decides to do a Skylab, perhaps I should find a nice cave to hide in.

8337 posts
7/18/2006 5:46 pm

I warned you babydoll.

All those deep fried tendencies coming back to fruition...

Perhaps it was just a matter of too much voltage over time, circuitry gone awry.

Perhaps it was a bucket of misplaced KFC that enacted it's revenge.

Regardless, you have my deepest sympathies...


"My every move is a calculated step, to bring me closer to embrace an early death." -Tupac Shakur

MissAnnThrope replies on 7/19/2006 12:28 pm:
Hey, I don't order buckets of KFC! They're cold by the time I get them home. So I eat there...

I do think it was the circuits. These things are built with planned obsolescence in mind.

blueguy1051 61M

7/18/2006 6:40 pm

If you're connecting to someone else's wireless network, the chances of them noticing are nil. No one ever checks the traffic on their network.

As for DSL, I heartily recommend a cable connection. Tons faster, more reliable, less tappable.

MissAnnThrope replies on 7/19/2006 12:34 pm:
Ah, but I'm tapping into a cable network.

I never used to check traffic in my network. But about a year and a half ago, while my computer and the ex-roommate's computer both off, I saw the router and DSL lights flashing madly, indicating network traffic. So, I turned on the computer, wet into the router settings and saw my computer, the roomie's computer and a Toshiba. Toshiba? I went outside, looked around the building, figured out I didn't trust the person who was on my network, went back in and slapped permissions on the thing.

That is when we home users notice someone tapping our networks. That is, if we know what the flashing lights mean.

(What the fuck is this shit..?? *rolls eyes*)

7/18/2006 7:23 pm

Damn it Girl must constantly be temping Fate...Well its to late now you alReady have so here are my prediction...
...Your modem won't arrive till some time After Monday
...Your A/C will go out..(OMG you say well hell you asked)
...somebody will steal your cane
...You'll knock over TWO ash trays
...You going to get knocked up Yeah I know what your thinking at my age no way well there's the ultimate fuck of it all...
...You Just HAD to ask...Ready


MissAnnThrope replies on 7/19/2006 12:36 pm:
NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't predict the a/c will go out! I know it's going to be going back up over 90 at some point!

If anyone tries to steal my cane, I'm beating them over the head with it. MINE!

The ashtrays are a safe bet.

If I get knocked up, I will be amazed. Don't you have to be having sex for that to happen? I don't believe that toilet seat story.

AtomicArtist0 46M
6015 posts
7/18/2006 9:06 pm

you mean we're NOT supposed to look at questionable websites on someone else's wireless? Damn!

MissAnnThrope replies on 7/19/2006 12:39 pm:
Well, they are a newlywed couple. I don't want to cause a divorce if one or the other sees this site on it. Or have to listen to a fight. I still have nightmares from the fights the previous tenants of that apartment had. The maintenance guy actually let me see the damage they did during their fights after they moved out. It took two months of work to get that apartment into shape for the people who have it now.

But if you are using someone else's wireless, you might not want to do anything illegal. Unless you're tapping into a Starbucks connection from outside. Then be sure to download shit that will get them arrested.

flagg134 37M
1582 posts
7/18/2006 10:00 pm

Hmmm lately a better question would be what can or would go right?


MissAnnThrope replies on 7/19/2006 12:41 pm:
Something going right would be nice for a change.

rm_AnOddGirl 58F
3469 posts
7/18/2006 11:01 pm


Tomorrow the sun will rise and it will be hot.

And I will still have my birthday in August...

Beware the open router!

MissAnnThrope replies on 7/19/2006 12:42 pm:
Open routers are my friends. You're right about the heat, though. While today isn't nearly as bad as yesterday, it's still in the high 80s.

tommyb36 46M

7/19/2006 5:32 am

That is why I use my wireless to use the neighbors connection.

MissAnnThrope replies on 7/19/2006 12:45 pm:
Heh. What's annoying when you do that is how it keeps dropping. Or at least, my current connection keeps dropping.

nightstalker172 38M
1258 posts
7/19/2006 7:20 am

I have to agree with blueguy get cable...its a bit more exspensive but WAY more reliable and secure than DSL...They still have a long way to prefecting DSL to be comparable to cable...

MissAnnThrope replies on 7/19/2006 12:48 pm:
Yeah, but if you don't protect your router, you're not secure with cable. That's what I'm tapped into right now. I can download my mail, to Mozilla, I can get anywhere they don't have blocked at the router level. Not to mention, the cable goes out a lot here. The last time was for four days.

rm_1hotwahine 64F
21091 posts
7/19/2006 11:39 am

So give me your predictions. What will break or go wrong next?

I don't know - depends on what you project.

(sorry, smart ass mode this am)

Yeah, I'm still [blog 1hotwahine]

MissAnnThrope replies on 7/19/2006 12:49 pm:
hmmm... I think I'll start projecting my plans for world domination.

rm_1hotwahine 64F
21091 posts
7/19/2006 2:55 pm

MissAnnThrope replies on 7/19/2006 10:49 am:
hmmm... I think I'll start projecting my plans for world domination.

Man, that just BEGS for an "If Ann ruled the world" post.

Yeah, I'm still [blog 1hotwahine]

MissAnnThrope replies on 7/19/2006 10:01 pm:
You really shouldn't give me ideas like that.

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