That’s how I’m feeling right now. Really annoyed.
I started this blog in hopes of writing something every few days, and I haven’t really accomplished that for a couple reasons. One is because I can’t seem to find the inspiration most days. (Lame, I know) Everyone says to just sit down and write and the words will come. I just feel like I have to have this great idea in order to write anything. I know this is something I have to get over.
The other reason I’ve not been blogging as often as I like is because we have AT&T DSL. Does anything else need to be said about that? I think not. I believe AT&T DSL speaks for itself. Please, oh please, do yourselves a favor and NEVER bother with at&t. For those of you already sharing in my misery, I am sorry.
It just seems shady to me that a company as huge as AT&T can offer this service and not have any guarantees on it, and then when something does go wrong, as it most certainly will, their way of “fixing the problem” is trying to get you to upgrade to their U-Verse service, which is monumentally more expensive than the DSL. Obviously.
The U-Verse service provides high-speed internet, digital phone and cable and is around $100 a month. Right now with just phone and DSL, I believe we pay about $60 a month, so that would be $40 for cable. Not bad, if you actually watch TV.
We are not a cable TV kind of family. We don’t watch a lot of TV, and we don’t want to start. When we tell the at&t service reps that we aren’t interested in cable, they seem confused, as if we’re telling them we don’t want to breathe air anymore or drink water to survive. It’s that serious to them. I’ve even been asked, “Well, do you have kids? You’d get lots of family channels like Disney and Nick for the kids to watch.”
Yes, yes thank you. We know this, which is WHY we DON’T want cable.
Kids today watch too much TV and are just way too plugged-in already. Even our kids, whose time watching TV and playing video games is very limited, I think they still get plugged in too often, so NO thanks. I do NOT want to offer them more reasons to plug in and tune out the rest of the world.
I want my kids and family to spend time outside, learning all there is to learn about
nature and real life. I want them to know the difference between an oak and a maple leaf. I want them to appreciate the value of gardening and the healing nature of plants. I want them to be aware of an upcoming storm because they can smell it coming. They should know that smell; and they can’t know that smell if they’re never unplugged and outside long enough to even notice it.
I remember as a kid, wanting to spend almost every spare minute outside playing and getting dirty. The rest of my time, I was reading. I’m not going to say I never watched TV, because I did. What kid raised in the 80s didn’t watch TV?
The difference is that I would have rather done anything else before I resorted to plopping myself in front of the TV, except on Saturday mornings. Now that’s a different story! Saturday morning cartoons were not to be missed.
I want my kids to have memories of playing outside and having adventures and making friends and getting dirty. I want them to get skinned knees and mosquito bites. I want them to build forts and play ball games. But they can’t do those things if they’re inside watching TV or plugged into a video game.
I’ve lost track here, but not really. My original intention of writing this was to complain about a company offering up shitty internet service and to apologize for not writing as often as I’d like to, because of said company and also because I don’t feel inspired enough to write most days.
But I just did, didn’t I?
I wrote about something important to me. It is inspired or inspiring? Not sure. You be the judges. I know my writing can be a bit tangential, but to be honest, so can I. My writing really does say something about me. And that was another reason I started this blog. I wanted to share myself and my life with the world, no matter what anyone thinks.
Maybe I’m not so annoyed after all. Maybe having shitty internet service that never works is a blessing in disguise. Maybe I should take my own advice and just unplug more often even when the internet is working. That way I can enjoy nature and my family and the truly important things more often (and by important, I don’t mean facebook status updates).
Or maybe AT&T should get their act together before I go all crazy on them. Maybe they should just fix our service while we’re paying for it and all, instead of trying to get us to pay even MORE for a different lametastic AT&T service, so I don’t have to go to their offices and kick everyone in the taco and go all Chuck Norris on their asses.
Yeah. I think that’s what they should do.
The moral of this post?… Stay away from AT&T and unplug more often, even if you do have spectacular internet and cable service. The facebook and reality TV will always be there (or at least for a while until something else comes along).
The children will not.
Do you know what the air smells like right before a storm? Do your kids? I think it’s time to find out.
Feeling all accomplished and shit because I finally wrote a post (and a good one, I think),