Thursday, February 9, 2012

Paying the Piper

"The time has come, the walrus said...."

The simple facts of the matter are this: I owe Comcast money. Comcast provides my tv, my phone and my internet. I can not afford to pay up on the schedule they want - it would take me a few more days (next Thursday's paycheck, to be precise) to pay them up to the point they want, and I would immediately have the next month's payment to deal with, and that money needs to go to the landlord.

So, sometime on Sunday Feb. 12th, 2012, or shortly thereafter, they will be disconnecting me.

It's really stupid in the long run. It will take me awhile to pay them off completely, plus all the fees they are inevitably going to charge, plus the monies they will want in advance. They will lose my business, which doesn't mean much to them. I am going to have to get and invest in a cell phone, money which could be going to my bill.

As it is, I pay for tv channels in which I am not interested, and which I do not watch. I have to pay for "levels" of service to get the channels and choices I want. The Comcast people have told me that this having to take a bundle approach is due to legislation passed by the US Congress.

Whatever the story is, unless there is some little miracle along the way, my ability to post, use the internet, and the ability of my family, friends, and workplace to get a hold of me is about to be severely compromised.

If, and when, I can afford to re-up, I won't be going for anything other than basic cable, just the way I wanted to start out. Oh, well, their loss.

The computer I'm currently using doesn't seem to have what it takes to set up a wireless connection - my old computer found one when I booted it up again to copy files off of it. Of course, it barely runs. Funny, I thought when I bought this one that it had a wireless thingy built in, but at the moment it sure doesn't want to be found. Oh, well.

Right now I'm going to go and sulk a bit before I start the long walk to work. I wish the buses ran a little more frequently. But then again, there's a lot of things I wish for these days, and my wishes don't really seem to have much to do with it, or come true.

I'm sure I'll have more to post by Saturday, which is my day off, and the last day on which I can be sure of having an internet connection. Look for a mega post, I guess.

To paraphrase the carpenter, I've had a pleasant run.

1 comment:

Austan said...

Oh dear, here we go again.
I have the entire Netgear package ready for pick up. There's no wireless out here but I needed it during the Irene expatriation. Let me know when you'll pick it up.