"It is better to be drunk with loss and to beat the ground, than to let the deeper things gradually escape."
- I. Compton-Burnett, letter to Francis King (1969)
"Cynical realism – it is the intelligent man’s best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation."
- Aldous Huxley, "Time Must Have a Stop"
Saturday, 30 October 2004
Topic: Photos Offline for another week or more... When I got home from work on October 25, I discovered my cable was out. No television - no big loss. But no cable modem connection to the internet. I am writing this to you all from an internet caf? on Sunset, and they are charging me many dollars an hour to connect.
Comcast, my cable company, cannot work the issue when I am not home - and things are hot at work so I just cannot stay home. Well, Comcast did come here and try to figure out why all the lines into my Hollywood apartment are all quite dead - on Saturday afternoon, October 30.
They cannot fix the connection at all. There is a break in the service two floors below me. They need access to that unit and the manager is nowhere to be found. I will need to reschedule next weekend, or sometime when the manager is around to let them into that unit, and when I am here. The coordination is a bother and this could take weeks.
Just Above Sunset - the weekly virtual magazine - will take, using dial up, maybe two or three hours a page to load. Photos are impossible as they time out during load - the line disconnects even with special settings. I may build Just Above Sunset tomorrow from the internet caf? at ten to twelve dollars a half-hour for access, but at least I can work rather fast. I just have to put all the text and photos on floppy and lug them down there. That's where you will find this week's commentary.
No television for two or more weeks? Whatever. I missed the World Series. No big deal.
Sunday late, if I'm done in time, I will go to Good Guys and buy a satellite dish and arrange for installation so I get television back, and then I will contact SBC and buy DSL - that's high speed internet over the telephone lines. What's two hundred more a month? I can maybe get out of my long-term contract with Comcast if they agree they cannot offer me service.