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When I bought the land in 1997 that my house sits on, the thought of internet was not even at the back of my mind. There was no running water up here on the mountain, and a landline phone was nonexistent and trash removal was only a dream and the fire department was 45 minutes away in beautiful downtown Dinalupihan a few times we called the fire station to check to see if the number worked and no one answered. I was on my own so we drilled a deep well, bought the most powerful pump and a huge pressure tank so I could fight any fires. I loaded the house with smoke detectors and still check them every month. My wife checks the one in the kitchen more often than that. Plus fire extinguishers are placed around the house. Because I have them I never had to use them to fight a fire (Knock Wood). But understanding the finer points of Murphy’s Law I was correct to install them. The fire fighting schools the Navy and Merchant Marine sent me too over 30 years should pay off someday, (Knock the hell out of wood)
Fifteen years has passed and we now have a water district and it works very well. But the firemen ate still 45 minutes so I keep my well and pumps tested and ready every month like clockwork because if I didn’t the water district would go offline the day a fire broke out. Never play games with Mr. Murphy! There is still no landline and the only internet service is dangling a dongle out the window and praying it doesn’t rain. That happened once and I purchased a new dongle.
As you might remember, our daughter and grandson are living here until they go to Florida sometime this year. Her I-pad and I-phone are on 24/7 so she decided that she needed her own dongle. This month my Globe dongle will download movies and music, but seldom allow me to log into the internet for reasons it refuses to explain. But here is the way life will joke with you. Hers will let me on line but not download. And yet they both will work fine with her equipment.
This is how it works, I use Yhen’s Globe dongle in the early morning, to go on Facebook, LiP and such, and then switch back to mine to set the puter on download mode and go live life. This has been working well for a couple of months. Until this week, my Globe is on a monthly plan and never runs out, but hers needs a load every so often, which of course she’ll forget to do. I’m writing this on a day such as this since I can’t bother people on Facebook.
As I’m winding down after going all morning off line but able to download I thought to myself. Self you large dumb ass, all you had to do was change your Sim with hers and the problem would be resolved. But too late for me today and she is going to town to reload hers.
The ladies went to town, bringing both dongles to the Globe shop, I was not there but upon their return I was informed that mine had a new sim card I accepted that, but I wondered with my limited technical knowledge, what the hell a new sim card could possibly do to fix the problem? Well here is the answer; “Absolutely nothing, as it still doesn’t work.”
Now I know that our loyal readers will have suggestions and a list of high tech gadgets that will solve my problem, and please do not think that I’m not grateful for your ideas. But I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, my street is well and truly the only place on Earth that was affected by the Y2K Bug.
In the last five years Globe Smart and Sun have been on my roof with all their testing gear, all I receive is the pleasure of watching them scratch their head in full fury, and the Pinoy famous shoulder shrug as they climb down shaking their head and then drive away. The following week, I’ll receive another call from the nice folks at Globe (Manila) offering me the latest DSL service, and would I like to avail of this? To which always respond; “Oh yes, please send your technicians out as soon as you can to install that.”I’m like a lonesome voice howling in the wilderness, but they never show up, because after the service call is referred to the Olongapo City Globe Office it is ignored when they see my name. But Manila will call again next week… My friend tells me; “Someday Paul, you’ll find a way.” But I smile and think to myself; “When Carabao fly!”