NYC telephone totem from Life Underground, Tom Otterness, 2001

Get your modem running,
Head out on the internet superhighway,
Looking for some downloads,
And whatever else comes across the web.
— Apologies to Steppenwolf

We got a call today from Hiawatha Telephone Company, better known as Jamadots. They were calling to schedule an install later this month. The internet will be coming to the cabin. Actually, the cabin has had internet for years, courtesy of Anne and Bill, for which we have always been grateful. They even upgraded their internet last month. So, while there really is no reason to get our own internet, this is a process that was begun years ago, and I cannot see halting it now. Soon we will have our own blazing hot internet speeds, with download speeds up to 150 Mbps. Now based upon this company’s past performance an appointment does not necessarily automatically translate into a successful installation, at least right away. To put it mildly, they have been known to make mistakes, but this is still good news and has occurred sooner than I ever expected it to. Hopefully, it will be fully functional by July, when the rest of the crew arrives. Another bit of good news is that we will only have to pay for this internet service during the summer and can let it sleep for the other nine months of the year.

A gracious hello. Here at the Phone Company, we handle eighty-four billion calls a year. Serving everyone from presidents and kings to the scum of the earth. So, we realize that every so often, you can’t get an operator, or for no apparent reason your phone goes out of order, or perhaps you get charged for a call you didn’t make. We don’t care! — Lily Tomlin, Saturday Night Live, 09/18/76

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