Internet Withdrawal

It’s been almost 2 weeks since my last post. I was planning to spend last night playing catch up on my backlog of interesting links I’ve collected for the past 2 weeks, but my internet went out at around 10pm. I was in the middle of working on my “secret” site, when time stopped moving.

While still brushing up on my php, I found myself switching back to Firefox a lot and searching for php functions, only realizing afterwards that I still don’t have internet. I’ve always known I was very dependent on the internet, but not to this extent. I would constantly hit F5 (refresh) on my router status page waiting for it to get an IP. Once in awhile, I would get a valid IP, but no site would load. I was actually able to ping with the valid IP, but wasn’t able to load their webpage.

I’ve tried rebooting my router and my modem. All the green lights would come on, but I wouldn’t get a real IP (only my cable modem IP). I decided to wait it out, but when I started to lay down in my fetal position and sucking my thumb, I knew something was horribly wrong.

For the first time in months, I started watching cable TV. Watched some MadTV, some SNL, and then some Dirty Jobs (Discovery Channel – in case you were thinking of something else). During every commercial break, I would walk back to my computer, checking to see if my connection was back.

I finally gave in and called Comcast. Good thing I remembered their tech support number (1-888-COMCAST), and they confirmed there was an outage in my area and said since it was this late already (2am), it probably won’t be fixed till Sunday morning. At this point, my internet withdrawal was going to make me ask when it was going to be restored, but he had already answered it. I thanked him and hung up.

I finally decided there really wasn’t much I could do, so I went ahead and did my daily exercise and ended up watching 2 movies in my queue.

Finally, at 7am, my internet has been restored!

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