I just attempted to check my email and spent a long time waiting for one lone picture to download. While I sat there contemplating my life, married to Frontier, I wondered what other people with functional internet must be doing with their spare time. I have told most of my internet-savvy friends who live out of Frontier’s domain not to send me any YouTube videos, attachments, photos, documents or anything that requires even a small amount of bandwidth or speed. I purchased a BlueRay disc player a while ago so I could download movies from NetFlix and, guess what happened? Yeah, you guessed it, my internet was too slow to download movies. If I were to become ambitious and wished to start a company, I would not be able to use my computer in the Frontier network because it is far too slow. If someone wanted to send me a large file, they would have to find another way to get it to me, like maybe The Pony Express or the USPS, both of which might be faster than Frontier.
Many sites, which are now located in the CLOUD (that means, everything is kept on another server rather than your own) require decent data speeds to operate properly. All of our banking, retail sites and informational sites are located in the cloud which makes it easier to keep them secure. This also makes it harder for us Frontier customers to access them.
I listen to West Virginia politicians talk about the need for businesses to come to West Virginia and then wonder what would motivate a company to come to a state with one of the worst education systems, worst internet accessibility and worst infrastructure in the entire country. Yeah, that’s where I want to put my company! I hope you understand I am being sarcastic. Sometimes I wonder what these people are thinking; better yet, if they are thinking….
I have always been told: when one plays real hard he/she will eventually get hurt. Lately I have been working (playing) very hard here at the homestead. I had to move about 150, 80 pound blocks and dig out by hand several tons of dirt and rock along the house footer to fix a pool waterline leak. I envisioned the dirt falling in on me and burying me in a self-dug tomb but noooo; that would have been too easy. Next, I have just purchased over 2000 pavers so I can finish the driveway; they are calling out my name! As part of my agenda I’ve replaced the pool liner which suffered from the wrath of my grandson last fall when he decided to pole vault on said vinyl liner. Throw into this mix, repairing the pool surface which became damaged from the monsoon season we just emerged from. Then nature decided to throw some voodoo at me when one of those damn, invisible ticks took a bite out of me and gave me Lyme disease. So, after all of that stuff, I picked up a canoe, hurt my back and should the gods continue to plague my life, I may require surgery to fix it. It was quite humorous to watch me maneuvering around on my cane. It reminds me of an old riddle I once heard: What moves around on four legs, then two and finally three? The answer is-a man. When he is a baby he crawls on all four, when he is a man, he walks on two and when he is old, he uses a cane. I guess I am in the old man stage now. Hopefully, I will recover.
I have learned not to make stupid statements like, “What else can go wrong?” The last time I said that, a big rock came up from a truck in front of my car and broke the windshield, so that is something I will keep to myself in the future and never think those words again. Needless to say, I am a little worried as to what else could happen to me. Life has a way of surprising us with good and bad things that one never would have expected. After writing all those scary, doomsday blogs over the last few weeks, I thought I would just go out on a limb and write about my crazy life in hopes of providing a little humor for yours, in case some of you are experiencing a little down luck. It is our nature to find humor in the pain of others, so I thought I might share a few of my struggles with you in the hope of improving your day.
Good news! I received a shot in my back that has help me recover from the back injury. In fact, I started feeling better right away. I don’t need that old cane anymore. So, if you think about me, think positive thoughts and maybe my body will absorb them and recover quicker and you will have the joy of thinking that maybe you helped some poor old guy.
May the force be with you!