Troubles

Nobody knows the trouble that I’ve seen
Nobody knows my sorrow
Nobody knows the trouble that I’ve seen
Glory hallelujah
Nobody knows the troubles I’ve seen
Sam Cooke

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(Yellow finch / Julie Cook / 2017)

So the new phone cable that AT&T had to run after lightning fried our phones
and internet a week ago, has sat these many days waiting to be buried. Β 
When things which are suppose to be buried are not buried .. that is when they should be…
bad things can happen.

The crew came out Thursday.

The backhoe dug a wide deep hole by our mailbox… but then the crew threw up
the orange safety netting and, well, departed.

Saturday morning our neighbor had some guys cutting her yard. Β 
For whatever reason, one of the guys thought it wise to cut the long black cable
running off the phone pole near her driveway and proceeded to bundle up the
myriad of feet of black cable and dump it all over on the other side of her fence–
as if it was some sort of annoyance to cutting grass– maybe the large gaping hole
and orange safety netting wasn’t obvious enough as to important work taking place.

Again we have no phone nor internet.

I spent two hours on my cell phone with the nice AT&T gal, this time in
Jamaica rather then India–
her name was Mango.

Mango transferred me to a gal from Nova Scotia–
I’ve always liked Nova Scotia.

Do you know what it’s like to explain to people all over the world why you don’t
have phone or internet service and then hope they can magically send a crew out
of nowhere, on a holiday weekend, to fix your little rural Georgia trouble…

My new technitian is to be here in the morning.

Then maybe I wont have to peck on my phone.

Pecking and hoping a post is magically coming together, since I can’t readily see any of
this on my phone as I can on my laptop, is well,
what’s that expression about spitting in the wind?…
something like that.

I’ll push publish and maybe the result will be a successful

Here’s to trouble, gals named Mango, the magic of phones and the internet and
yard men who are or are not considerate of black cable and orange safety netting.

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace.
In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

25 comments on “Troubles

  1. Hey Julie, I hope everything gets taken care of soon… if you want to speak to someone State-side for your customer service just ask to speak to someone “On Shore”.

    • Really? And that works?– I don’t mind chatting all over the world but I admit things can get a bit lost in translation– And anywhoo, someone in India, I don’t think, has full depth of knowledge of a current Georgia, as in 13th colony Georgia, trouble—especially with this oh so southern accent of mine πŸ™‚
      — such is life in this 21st century of technology πŸ€“

  2. Lynda says:

    Julie, I hope that you were able to enjoy an Easter celebration in spite of all this turmoil! Also, glad that someone in Canada was able to help. πŸ™‚

    • Chelsea was really sweet and we chatted about how I loved visiting Nova Scotia — Mango first told me her name was Shantel but as we talked, she told me her “real” name was Mango — and she was nice as well– but it is an all day ordeal to be on the phone with these phone companies– I dread it whenever I have to call them!
      Easter was low key but nice– I hope yours was great!

  3. Tricia says:

    Well you weren’t kidding when you said you were having tech problems! Apparently bad neighbor problems too. Did things get fixed today? You should have a chat with Wally, I believe he is in the tech repair business.

  4. Oh my goodness! Seriously??? I cannot believe after all you’ve been through, this has to happen. I’m so sorry. I pray that all is well soon, like tomorrow when that guy comes!!! Just unbeievable! 😦 😦 😦

  5. SLIMJIM says:

    Yikes it seems like its one thing after another!

  6. Wally Fry says:

    Hey Julie, a technical tidbit. Does your phone support Hotspot? If so, turn it on, connect your laptop, and computer away!

    • I tried Wally but I never could get it to connect—my son had told me to try that as well but for whatever reason, it wouldn’t sync.

      • Wally Fry says:

        Well, heck. I thought I was gonna be the fella in the white hat come to save the day!

      • well you would be if I could get it to sync—or figure out why it won’t—I hate technology—and I think it’s because it is great when it works right. But we’ve come to rely on it so heavily that when it goes awry, we are immediately lost or turned upside down as the trickle down effect of what all it affects in its demise can be catastrophic.
        As our generation is the one who had to learn it from the ground up—with most of that being in our adulthood–unlike our children and now even grandchildren who have never known life without it….
        Add to that that it is ever evolving.
        Of course I use it, rely on it but it’s when there is a trouble that the frustration ramps up.
        20 years ago, when we built our house, I wanted to put in a flat surface stove. I had done my duty with those coils ever since I was little—what with the lining of the foil underneath in an attempt to keep things easy for cleaning—but there was still the lifting of the coils, the scrubbing and cleaning of the stove surface and the relining of foil.
        The infrared top lasted until a year ago. As we know they don’t make appliances like they use too–they don’t last as my mom’s things did.
        I next decided I wanted an induction cooktop. Most of my pans are magnetic so I like that whole concept—that magnetics reacted and heated…so far so good—but a few favorite old pots are not “magnetic” and either can’t be used or have to be used with a magnetic heat diffuser—-
        so I have become so George Jettson—-
        yet the first glitch, I’m yearning for the good ol days or living life off the grid πŸ™‚

      • Wally Fry says:

        We were just talking about all of this last night, how we think this technology is necessary to our very life. I was remembering when I move from home into my own place, I didn’t have a car, a TV, or even a telephone LOL. I rode a bicycle everywhere, walked to a pay phone if I needed one, and actually talked to people for fun.

      • Yes, I know. I remember having a little portable black and white television that I took with me to my first apartment. That was it…oh, and of course my record player.
        My dad always loved technology–I guess from being an engineer and going to Ga Tech—he had one of the first “cell” phones back in the early 80’s —it was a bag phone that resembled more of a “real” phone that was in a portable bag and was plunged into a car’s cigarette lighter…but you had to get high on a hill in order to get a good signal.
        Right before he died, my son would take pictures of him and would use that filter that would turn dad into an animated leprechaun or puppy, etc—he loved it and keep asking if we had to pay extra to be able to do that…
        It’s all really amazing—but there is something about it all that leaves me still slightly unsettled.

      • Wally Fry says:

        It’s funny I guess. I am not a big technophile at all, but it seems I have always done things involving the latest and most up to date technology. But, in my personal life, I am semi low tech. Talk about compartmentalizing life!

      • I sometimes watch that Life below zero show on NATGEO about folks surviving in parts of remote Alaska– totally off grid– now I don’t know if the brutal winters would be to my liking let alone survival capabilities but I do find myself a bit wistful for a more fundamental way of survival and life

      • Wally Fry says:

        Yeah, I feel that Julie. Lately, the rat race really sucks, to be blunt. I’m a mite burnt out and cynical at the moment. Haven’t posted in a week, and not sure when I will either. I am truly a capitalist..for sure. But sometimes I think corporate America needs to grow a heart.

      • Yes and I only see that heart growing smaller by the minute

      • Wally Fry says:

        Yes, indeed. I understand a profit motive, I really do. I am a trickle down economics guy for sure. But at the lower end of the corporate spectrum, things are rough on folks.

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