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of course, i've had it in the ear before

by mg at 04:02 PM on May 25, 2004

In case anyone was wondering where Iíve been the last couple weeks, I was in Africa for a conference. Oh, no, wait, that wasnít me. Actually I was finishing up a photography internship at Abu Ghraib. No, no. I was bike riding with George Bush. In all honesty I was practicing my dance steps for my upcoming tour with Madonna.

No, that wasnít me either. Okay, seriously, the truth of my absence is not exactly exciting, but equally as traumatic and or dramatic as any of those items; I was without an Internet connection. About a year ago, I decided to finally get broadband Internet service. I shortly decided that was a bad idea, as Iíd be moving in less than a month, and I wasnít sure my new address, which I didnít know yet because I hadnít found an apartment, was going to compatible.

The thing was, Iíd ordered the cable, but cancelled the day the dude from the cable company was supposed to come and install the thingamajigs. For whatever reason, this caused some problem at the Internet company, and though I wasnít getting broadband anymore, I somehow didnít have to pay for my dial-up anymore. This went on for a year, until last month they finally caught up with me. Exciting, huh?

So, since May 1, Iíve not had consistent Internet access, and not been able to respond to many emails, read BS, or download hentai. That is tough for me, because I used that dial-up service like broadband, I had it dialed in constantly, something like 200 hours a month.

To go from 200 hours of Internet usage a month to zero is surely as painful as trying to shake a heroin habit. I was shaking, puking, and lying on the floor and sobbing quietly to myself. There was even a point, and this could have been a hallucination, but I dropped my modem down an overflowed toilet in some disgusting bar bathroom, and I had to dive in to get it.

Now Verizon, after sitting on their hands for the past two weeks, have flipped the switch, and now, not only do I have the Internet again, but Iíve got that fast Internet. It is nice. The end.

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PS: I'll be sending out the first BS Mix Tape by the end of the month. If anyone would like to volunteer to be the next to go (and send out their discs by the end of June) let me know. I've still got the list with adresses and will be putting everything together shortly.

by mg at May 25, 2004 5:20 PM

So, is your internet still free? I was able to jack onto three different wireless connections in my last apartment. People just don't secure their networks. I bet in New York City you can find all kinds of hotspots. Get a wireless card and start hunting.

by MrBlank at May 25, 2004 5:33 PM

You little punk, when were you planning on telling me?

by Adam at May 25, 2004 10:32 PM

I too am digging the constant access of broadband for the duration of a Special Introductory Offer. But for the life of me I can't figure out how to set up an email account. So it's like I don't exist anymore. And it's not so bad.

by anna at May 26, 2004 7:46 AM

ooh, ooh, pick me, pick me!
I know I am so late to sign up, but, if you read my appeal at the end of the comments list where you first suggested the cd exchange, I think you can't possibly deny me, especially if I volunteer to send out a mix for June, right? Right.
In case it's too much effort to look so far back in the records, this is the FIRST blog I ever read, found on accident before I even knew there was such a thing as on-line journaling, and finally it occured to me that there IS something I can share with you all, being my fantastic collection of 80s synth pop. Please please please give me an excuse to finally buy a CD burner with this Friday's paycheck!

by Rebekah at May 26, 2004 4:52 PM

There, there, MG. It's all over now. :)

I can take my mix tape turn any time. Can't wait to get yours!

by jean at May 27, 2004 1:17 AM

You took it in the ear? Did it hurt?

by anna at May 27, 2004 7:51 AM

MG sign up Rebekah for God's sake. She's enthusiastic. I'm sending you my address right now. Let me know when it's my turn. This will be fun.

by Ezy at May 27, 2004 9:03 AM

Rebekah, your in. You already email me, right?

Adam - I'd planned on telling you any of the numerous times we'd tried to get together at the beginning of the year, but we couldn't hook up, for whatever reason.

Anna, it's from an Iggy Pop song. It was used in Trainspotting. Where the dirty toilet reference comes from. I know Trainspotting is probably a little too recent to be in your pop culture frame of reference, but you were young and cool when Iggy Pop was, uh, young and cool, right?

MrB. if you knew anything about my neighbors, you'd realize how ridiculous it would be to think any of em might have a wireless vpn going.

by mg at May 27, 2004 1:57 PM

MG,"your home for naked Iraqi butt pyramids"? That just made me laugh out loud. Funny shit man.

by Ezy at May 27, 2004 2:54 PM

I can't wait for CDs! Whose all on the list now? (i.e. how many will we each have to make, and how many can we look forward to getting?)

by Linz at May 27, 2004 4:12 PM

Thanks guys.
mg, I don't know how to e-mail you personally, but as soon as I figure it out I'll send you my address.

by Rebekah at May 27, 2004 4:21 PM

Try mg AT badsamaritan DOT com.

Also, the last time I counted, it was something like 14 people.

by mg at May 27, 2004 5:15 PM

I know about Trainspotting. It's about some Irish junkies who shoot up and watch trains or something. It's like The Basketball Diaries without the Chelsea Hotel lobby.

by anna at May 27, 2004 6:55 PM

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