Early Sunday morning strong storms rolled through our area. We live in a very small farming village which doesn't offer cable or DSL internet. So, we use a company that places a 'paddle' on our roof, and that signal bounces off our water tower, which bounces off a silo somewhere, and eventually bounces to the ISP provider across state lines. It's a weird system, but better than satellite and delivers speeds equal to cable/DSL.
Anyway, we kind of sit in a valley, so our paddle needed to be raised up on an 8 foot tower and attached to a dish to get internet. No biggie. Except during storms.
It usually goes out (much like Dish Network or DirecTV would) during storms, but the longest it has ever been out has been 1 day.
Well, it went out Sunday morning and we didn't get it back until TONIGHT. Tuesday night. That's three long days of no internet. They actually had to come and raise our pole about 4 more feet and re-adjust the dish.
That was a lot harder being without internet than I thought it would be! We only get "normal" free TV (no cable/dish) which is rather limited. So, we typically watch only Netflix and/or HuluPlus for our TV...which was no longer available.
I needed to pay bills. I pay all bills online. No longer available.
I work from home full time. I telecommute for a software company. I ONLY work via the internet. I missed every meeting, missed emails, etc. for two whole days.
I wanted to make dinner and needed to look up a recipe. I typically do that on the internet. Nope.
DH and I were planning on planning out our vacation on Sunday - nope.
I grew up before VCRs - before answering machines - before microwave ovens - before cell phones (or even cordless phones!) - before computers - I remember each time we got one of these things and moved into the "future" like it was yesterday - so it's not like I CAN'T live without internet - but I've decided I definitely don't WANT to!
So glad to be back online!!