Wednesday, September 13, 2006

And There Was Much Rejoicing

*eep*

*eep*

*eeeeeeeeeeep*

Saturday, September 9th. A day that will ever be celebrated in the House O' Piffle. The day we joined the rest of the civilized world and can now pay extra moolah to our communications company for (siiiiiiiiiigh) High Speed Internet.

Yes! Finally! They deemed that the deer, the cows and the us yokels who live among them are worthy, at least in our little backwater.

We're still trying to get our heads around the concept. I sent out pictures this weekend. Large sized pictures, more than one per sending. This would have taken around an hour on the dial-up. Yes. Really. Two to three large pictures. An hour. If lucky. Usually, the damn thing would time-out, even with the 'keep alive' enabled.

As of this weekend, it took less than a minute. More like 30 seconds.

I wept.

I keep logging on as I pass a computer, just because I don't have to actually connect. Just click the icon and, voila! Interneting! Used to take several minutes to establish that connection. And the phone! It is usable! During the interneting! Who knew?

Charles keeps pulling me into the room to see these sites that he's not been able to access. Sites with (gasp) video feed. Let me repeat: WE CAN NOW ACCESS VIDEO. Us! Never mind that these sites are all audio-video techie sites that hold no interest for me. It's the principle of the thing.

One problem, though, is that it is cutting in on my spider solitaire play. My stats are definitely suffering. See, I'd play a game or two between each web site. And, as it is so blisteringly fast, I feel the pull to surf more, as I can surf more. No longer do I sit there and shrug, saying, "Eh. It's not worth the 10 minutes to get there."

We're almost afraid to see what happens with iTunes, now. Charles downloaded one 4 minute song about 3 months ago. That also took more than an hour. Not really much of an incentive to spend money on that, right? But now? It will probably be waaaaay too quick and easy. Instant gratification.

Life is good.

Very, very good.

What next for our berg? A Mc D's? No, wait. That'd be bad. Unless you were one of our terribly nice neighbors who I was chatting with a couple of weeks ago. We were moaning about the lack of really good restaurants, or at least a decent pizza place, and she, in all seriousness, voiced the wish that the Golden Arches would put up a shingle. Or a Pizza Hut. Fortunately I realized that she really wasn't kidding before I put my foot in it. Not good to offend your neighbors out here. The winters are cold and long and the neighbors are few and far between. Never know when you might need somebody.

It's best to keep on the good side of one and all, even if it means not making snide remarks about their definition of a 'good restaurant'.

Midwest to the core.

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31 Comments:

Blogger amy said...

yea!! high speed is awesome, let me tell ya!

I was so glad to get off dial-up.

11:11 AM  
Blogger Cagey said...

Hee, hee. You just brought back fond memories of when I first got high-speed. It was SO cool to just sit down and start tapping away. I even canceled my subscription to TV Guide because it was far easier to just LOOK IT UP.

Have fun with the Internet! I wish many happy hours of surfing upon you.

3:30 PM  
Blogger Rozanne said...

Hey, Now you can check your e-mail every five seconds like I do.

8:36 PM  
Anonymous Leigh-Ann said...

Congratulations -- I still praise the gods every day for our high speed Internet, which I ADORE. When people ask the question, "If your house was on fire and you could only save one thing, what would you save?" my answer is always "my cable modem" ;-)

9:12 PM  
Blogger Babs said...

I would comment right now, but I'm busy seething with jealousy.

SEETHING!! I tell you!!

It's ok. I'll get over it.

*sob*

9:14 PM  
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Welcome to our world! It is pretty amazing how fast everything is compared to dial-up, which is just ridiculous! We have semi-high speed..not the super one.
It'll open up a whole new world for you!
Flipping pages of Coldwater Creek catalogue is way fast!!! (I love the outlet part of that...great deals on nice quality clothes and other stuff!)

11:18 PM  
Blogger listmaker said...

Congratulations House O'Piffle!Welcome to the world of addicting high-speed internet. But, be careful, next comes wireless and before you know it, you're dragging the laptop everywhere just because you can and you'll find yourself sitting in the vegetable garden with your computer looking up ways to kill those pesky bugs you've just identified online.

7:56 AM  
Anonymous Ariella said...

Ohhh... sweet, sweet high-speed internet. Erik was like, "Would you rather have cable or internet?" and there was not even a hesitation in my mind when I picked the interweb.

When are we getting together? Next week? Otherwise, I am free on Sunday.

8:33 AM  
Blogger CarpeDM said...

Ooh. I'm very excited for you. We may be getting high speed internet after Jeff moves out. Keem found a pretty good deal for it.

I want to live in Madison, dang it. Lucky Ariella.

9:30 AM  
Blogger karmic_jay said...

Sweet! Welcome to civilisation ;)

Now with itunes allowing you to download movies and apple coming up with a device that will let you stream downloaded content in to home entertainment systems .. you are all set.

You don't have a McD close by? Thats nice.
And your good neighbor has been thoroughly assimilated in to consuming industrialised food like a lot of the sheeple around us.
Indians are trying to catch up with us at getting fatter and diabetic too.

But what do I know, I am a libuhrul east coast elitist who likes all kinds of furreign foods ;-)

9:58 AM  
Blogger Lisa P said...

Whoa. You mean you've been running this awesome blog site with... DIAL-UP??? How could you?
My lovely mother-in-law just got hi-speed a couple months ago. I begged her to. I couldn't stand using her computer when I was over there..

I'm still in shock that you didn't have it until now. Oh. Your whole world has opened up...

9:10 PM  
Blogger Babs said...

Not quite seething now, but still glowing bright viridian. Ahem.

*sobs and falls back into chaise lounge rather dramatically*

7:16 AM  
Blogger Babs said...

{We shan't mention that the chaise has broken under my weight. Too busy focussing on all-consuming desire to kidnap your cable modem}

7:19 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

Amy- You said it! I knew it'd be better, just not this good.

Cagey- Poor TV Guide, another customer lost. (They send a bundle of it to our clinic for free each week. Only a couple take it home. It's wierd.)

Rozanne- Scary! I can see falling into the up-to-the-minute pit, myself.

Leigh-Ann- I love that. I'm not quite to that point, but it'd be in the first large armful of stuff I ran out with. Well, that's not true. Charles would have probably grabbed it first as I was messing around with pictures and such.

Babs- (hangs head) I know, babe. I know. I actually debated putting this up as I know your pain.

Ruth- I love Coldwater Creek! Thanks for the reminder. I'd flipped through the online stuff a couple of times but not for a while, out of frustration.

Listie- Oh! Yes! That'd be me, if we had a laptop. I secretly desire one but know full well that would be the path to true descent for me. I'd blog in the car, too.

Ariella- Silly man. Actually, for Charles it would be quite a decision. (Although out here, it's satellite or nuttin'.) My Mum just got into town, how about week after next? We'll co-ordinate our schedules. Can't wait to hear about the internship with Her Majesty.

Dana- So, Jeff is the linchpin in the whole gettin-of-the-high-speed-internet? He'd better watch his back. Want you to live in Madison, too. (It's my secret plot to somehow intice all my blog friends to move to the Madison vicinity.)

Jay- Nope. No McDs. The closest one that I know of is about 15 miles away. Beauty. I'm horrified that our great American Lifestyle has spread like a cancer. But then, I'm one of those libuhruls, too. I even like all those furreign foods, too. Slap me across the face and slap me in irons.

Lisa- Hi Honey! Yeah. It's been an experience in extreme frustration, lemme tell you. But, what can you do if that's all you get? I'm still blinking and squinting in the loss of all those boundaries.

Babs- Shhhhh. Shhhhhh. It'll be OK. And the chaise was a wimp-ass thing to collapse. Unless it was collapsing in empathy of your collapsing? And, no. You can't have mine. Unless you move to Madison, then we can work something out.

9:11 AM  
Blogger Teri said...

Huzzah! Hooray!
(and, yes, I know I owe you an e-mail. Crazy here, it is)

8:30 PM  
Blogger brooksba said...

Well, Blogger just may let me comment tonight. It's been eating my comments you know. Getting fat and greedy with comments. I dislike the Blogger-comment-eater-meanie-head-won't-let-me-gush-over-how-great-Hi-Speed-Internet-Access-is-monster.

Okay, I'm sleep deprived (too much to the fact I'm not sure what I'm talking about anymore or what I just wrote), but ecstatic about your hi-speed! I've had it since about 1999 and I couldn't live without it anymore. Have loads of fun surfing and finding awesome sites, just don't forget about us, k?

5:47 AM  
Blogger moegirl said...

Congrats. We have high speed, but since Justin loaded so much game stuff (Warcrack) its pretty slow anyway.

itunes is so wonderful.

Don't you love new technology...we finally got a DVD player at Christmas when it became apparent that renting a VHS would soon be like renting beta.

Hmmm, yes, McDs never seems like fine dining to me. Allie is now thankfully out of the stage of liking it.

8:36 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Teri- Yes, indeedy. I feel like I've rejoined society. (Got your email.) I'll answer soon. Crazy here, too.

Beth- Evil, bastard Blogger. Wonder what nefarious plan is afoot with the stealing of all the witty comments? Perhaps it's going to try to take over the world using our words against us? Wouldn't put it past it. Go Sleeeeep!

Stace- Oof. Yes. Definitely time to go DVD. So very much better! Colin loves it. Well, if you question him, he really doesn't love it, except for the fries and the toy in the Happy Meal. He and his dad sometimes go. Me? If we do fast food, I drag him to Culver's (sort of like a Burgerville), where the food is good for that sort of food and the ice creamy things are quite good. Sadly, no toy surprise.

8:57 AM  
Anonymous Colleen said...

Life on the internet just got a LOT SWEETER! Welcome! Almost as soon as you get it you can't imagine life without it. Dial-up, shmile-up!

8:57 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Colleen- What is this 'dial-up' you mention? I know not of what you speak. Sweet, sweet DSL.

8:33 AM  
Anonymous Leigh-Ann said...

Sheesh... you'd think you could post a little more often now that you've got your newfangled Internet contraption ;-)

3:07 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

We made the switch back in April and LOVE IT! I got a laptop last Christmas and it is wireless so I am now on the internet way more than before. Did I mention I LOVE IT! It is truly amazing the difference.

By the way, are you in the area that got snow the other day?

3:51 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Oh. And as far as McDonalds is concerned, I could live without it but my husband... That would just be unacceptable.

3:53 PM  
Blogger Babs said...

I think someone found rathergood.com and is listening to the moon song over and over and over.

Or the 'wrong bananas' song.

And I will categorically deny that, when I was cable-enabled Down South that myself OR the niece and neph sat in the pool singing EITHER of those songs at the tp of our lungs. Ahem.

1:17 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

Where are you? Come back?

Hath thou been felled by bastard spinach? Or hath the vile, evil west-nile-carrying mosquitos profaned thee?

9:51 PM  
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