It seems I spoke far too quickly in saying my internet issues are over. I now have two forms of internet access at home - in theory anyway, because in practice neither of them work. Which makes it quite difficult to run your business - or any form of modern life for that matter.
I'm currently parked at my friend Steph's house to get access to the outside world (thanks Steph!) So this is yesterday's blog post, when I took a turn up a road I'd never been down and found this view out over Raglan and the bar. It felt so good to intentionally go looking for a new view.
I called the photo 'To the bar' and as the idea came to mind, it occurred to me (after I'd spent two hours on the telephone to Telecom for precisely zero result) that technological issues have the potential to drive me to drink!
It's lucky we have these lovely calming views, though they are part of the reason I am having the problems in the first place. Despite the fact I live just 35 minutes from a major city and 15 minutes from a small town, a modern-day basic like internet access is not guaranteed: access to services is one of the challenges of living rurally. The 'service' we do get is often slower or more expensive than that available in town.
When the CEO of Beef + Lamb New Zealand came to Raglan recently, he was delighted that his accommodation had internet access. This led us on to a discussion about rural internet coverage where he joked about 'going away and making your cup of tea' while you waited for the internet. My reply was that I didn't just make the cup of tea - I drink the whole thing while I wait - and that's the level of service I have worked with for the last 4 years. Similarly, when we have a stock truck arrive at the farm, my dad goes out with a stick to hold the telephone wires up out of their way and stop them getting broken - because Telecom won't send anyone out to fix them.
Finding out the other day that I might be able to get a simple thing like ADSL broadband made me ridiculously excited and hopeful with the thought that the waiting, dropped coverage and double-handling I usually experience might be reduced. Suddenly life had the potential to be significantly easier - not to mention more efficient.
I unpacked the modem last night and plugged it in with great anticipation and then deflation as none of the necessary lights lit up. Now I'm in a queue for a technician to come to our house and see if the problem can be rectified - and it will take until Saturday afternoon for him to arrive.
I certainly don't wish to live my whole life online and will never lose my love of in-the-flesh relationships and connections. But I am also hungry for the conversations and connectivity that online life brings me these days - and they have a real place in my life. In the 6 days I wasn't able to blog last week, I really missed the comments and feedback I receive from everyone here. Professionally speaking, I simply cannot live and work where I do without a reliable connection.
With Fiji and the daily challenges many Fijian people face still fresh in my mind, I'm aware this is a first world problem I'm facing. But I'll be watching with anticipation for that technician to come up our driveway on Saturday.