Internet Down

As you may know, I’m blessed in that I have a great job that I can do from home.  This job required 24/7 connectivity with the internet, however.  100% of my job is done on the local server at my employer’s office in California.

I’m not sure about the rest of you, but Courtney and I rely on the internet for almost everything.  Mapquest, online phone directories, communication via email and facebook are just a few.

The first few days here in Colorado were without internet.  We deliberately had our service set up the week before we got here so that there was no excuse for delays because I had to get back to work quickly.  As it turned out, the internet provider had lines crossed in their local service box and it took about a day of “the run around” before they sent someone to fix it.  All told, we were in the dark for three days including the weekend.  Don’t worry, I don’t mean dark in the literal sense.  Electricity was on, but we had no contact with the outside world other than our cell phones which are dumb phones and not smart phones.  It seemed like an eternity.

Thankfully I had the foresight to do some planning, but there were plenty of gaps too.  I downloaded the DirecTv satellite installation guide so I could get to work on that right away.  I’m kind of a nut in that I absolutely love maps, so we had that covered already.  We did not have a phone book for the local area.

The “To Do” list contains the following:

1. Obtain local phone book

2. Obtain old telephone which doesn’t require electricity.  I found one on Craigslist for two dollars and just need to make arrangements to pick it up.   Sometimes a power outage doesn’t mean phone lines are down.  But if your phone requires electricity, then you’re outta luck.  Older phones just plug in and can make and receive calls.

3. Begin gathering key references material.  This includes downloaded information on your computer but also a three ring binder for things I may need to know but can’t research. In here I keep things such as dosage information for medicines/herbal remedies, table for measurement (english/metric) conversions, operator/repair manuals for important tools like your chainsaw or generator, etc.

4. Get a generator and convert it with a tri fuel carburetor kit.

5. Get a weather radio that will sound an alert for local warnings since we’ve relocated to an area with a tornado risk.  This is especially on my mind after the 45 deaths across the country in the second week of April due to storms that also passed through our area.  The storms weren’t yet that bad as they passed through our area, but it was windy nonetheless.

Thanks, Robert.


One response to “Internet Down

  1. With Joseph’s new job, we’re completely dependent on a stable internet connection at our new house for our income. It’s slightly frightening since just one night without power is a big hit on our income, and there are few, if any open Wi-Fi spots in town that we could use as back up, particularly at night.

    Since there are two options for internet out at our new place, we’ve decided to order both. The price for each service is about $40 / month, but one night of downtime would have covered the cost for the second line for the entire year. It’s just not worth the gamble. We’ll have both DSL and cable internet — at least if the DSL goes down we’ll still have cable.

    Though of course this assumes we still have power … which is definitely an assumption. I’m thinking a generator is in our near future! =)

    City Roots, Country Life

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